Amaulino too strong for rivals at Downpatrick
Amaulino struck for Keith Watson in the Toalsbet.com Ulster National at Downpatrick - fulfilling a long-term plan for the French-bred gelding.
The six-year-old was purchased with the marathon contest in mind, and that vision proved spot on as he galloped on strongly up the hill to land the spoils in the €40,000 contest.
School Lane made a brave bid from the front in the three-and-a-half-mile event, but could offer no more when claimed by Amaulino on the run-in as he swooped under Andrew Ring for a three-and-a-half-length win.
The 8/1 winner was following up a success at Leopardstown earlier in the month when he had beaten the same rival.
The trainer's son, Marshall Watson, said: "We bought the horse initially from Colin Bowe, with this race in mind.
"Leopardstown's win took me completely by surprise.
"I would say what we will do is go to Aintree for the race before the National as a big day out, and then put him away for something like the Midlands National in Kilbeggan.
"It's brilliant for (joint-owner) Jim Matthews, who has been such a big supporter of ours."