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Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo: Sportsfile

Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo: Sportsfile

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Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo: Sportsfile

It was fitting that Willie Mullins dominated proceedings at Clonmel yesterday with former Gold Cup contender Bachasson leading a 17/1 double for the champion trainer on what will be the last day of Irish racing until April 19 at the earliest.

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing Irish racing to cancel for at least the next four weeks, the Closutton maestro made hay with Bachasson (4/6 favourite) following up a decent effort in the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival to score over fences in good style.

The nine-year-old was a class apart in his first chase start since falling in the 2018 Gold Cup as he streaked away by 12 lengths under champion jockey Paul Townend.

"He lined up in a Gold Cup a couple of years ago, although it's a long way from there now. His jumping was very good. He makes lengths everywhere and is a real quick jumper which is a help. I didn't interfere with him and let him do it," Townend said.

Landed

Mullins also landed the concluding bumper - which could be the last Irish race for some time - when Captain Kangaroo (10/1) sprung a surprise under Jody Townend, sister of Paul, to hold off Kilcruit, trained by his brother Tony and ridden by his son Patrick.

Liz Doyle was another trainer who was smiling leaving the Tipperary track after Farmix (6/4 favourite) made it third-time lucky when coasting to success in the opening maiden hurdle to leave the Wexford handler dreaming of what might be with the exciting five-year-old.

"He's a huge horse at over 17 hands and whatever he does over hurdles, I think he'll be a 20lb better horse over fences. We'll keep going with him before hopefully going chasing with him next season," Doyle said via phone.

The Dempseys were also happy after jockey Luke gained compensation for a Gowran Park fall on his last start when guiding Cosa Ban (7/1) to maiden hurdle success for his father Philip.

Irish Independent