Burrows Saint's Limerick win extends Mullins dominance
Willie Mullins won the Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice Chase at Limerick for the fifth time in six years as Burrows Saint saw off stablemate Robin Des Foret.
Only subsequent Irish National winner General Principle in 2017 has stood in the way of a clean sweep for Mullins, who used the Grade Three last year as a stepping stone for Kemboy to go on to Grade One glory.
Burrows Saint was sent off 6/5 favourite under Ruby Walsh but coming to two out it looked like he might be on the wrong one, because Robin Des Foret and Paul Townend appeared to be going the better.
Walsh saw a long stride some way out on the run to the final fence, though, and he met it spot on and on the run to the line he pulled four lengths clear. "Burrows Saint's jumping won it for him, and Robin Des Foret hasn't got his confidence back yet," said Mullins.
Mullins introduced a potentially smart recruit as Breaken justified odds-on favouritism in the opening maiden hurdle. Having his first race for 655 days since finishing second on his only outing in France, Breaken was running away throughout under Paul Townend.
Having opened up a sizeable early lead, the 1/2 favourite just sailed further clear - eventually beating Calicojack by 17 lengths. Rachael Blackmore was on the mark for Joseph O'Brien aboard Star Max (4/1) in the two-mile novice hurdle.