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Mullins to maintain perfect record in novice event on red-letter day for stable

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Champ, with Barry Geraghty up, clear the water en route to completing a remarkable come-from-behind win in the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase in Cheltenham. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Champ, with Barry Geraghty up, clear the water en route to completing a remarkable come-from-behind win in the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase in Cheltenham. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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Champ, with Barry Geraghty up, clear the water en route to completing a remarkable come-from-behind win in the RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase in Cheltenham. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

The Dawn Run Mares' Novices' Hurdle (4.50) was introduced in 2016, and some other trainers would be forgiven for thinking its existence is to give Willie Mullins' surplus mares an outlet.

Mullins has won all four renewals of the race, and the first three were won by favourites - but anyone bold enough to simply follow the stable blindly in this contest would have been richly rewarded last year when Eglantine Du Seuil took the prize at 50/1 under Noel Fehily.

Priced 96/1 on Betfair, she finished ahead of horses priced 66/1, 40/1, 25/1, 33/1, 50/1 and 100/1 with the favourite, Epatante, finishing ninth at 15/8.