Wednesday 13 December 2017

Alelchi stars for Mullins in Clonmel treble

Trainer Willie Mullins, left, and jockey Ruby Walsh. Photo: Seb Daly / Sportsfile
Trainer Willie Mullins, left, and jockey Ruby Walsh. Photo: Seb Daly / Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh had luck on their side as they came away from Clonmel with a treble.

Alelchi Inois and Miss Me Now had their tasks made easier by last-fence falls, but Westerner Lady needed no such intervention to return to winning ways.

Outlander took a crashing fall at the final fence when looking in command in the Clonmel Oil Chase. The eight-year-old - having his second start for Gordon Elliott since leaving Mullins - appeared to have done everything right.

Around three lengths clear running down to the last, Bryan Cooper asked for a long one but Outlander put down and took a heavy fall.

Alelchi Inois (2/1 favourite) was booked for no better than fourth turning into the straight but had begun to stay on strongly and was left in front after the last, coming home five lengths clear of Clarcam.

Having lost for the first time in seven races last time out, Westerner Lady (evens fav) battled hard for victory in the TA Morris Memorial Mares Chase, beating Thanks For Tea by a half-length.

Miss Me Now (10/3) was the other fortunate winner as she capitalised on the fall of 4/7 hotpot Vigil to take the Slan Abhaile Hurdle. Mullins' charge was only third coming to the last but when Vigil came down, Miss Me Now found more to head Sanibel Island on the run-in.

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