Sunday 22 April 2018

Watch: Penhill plunders Stayers Hurdle after 323-day absence in tremendous training performance from Willie Mullins

Paul Townend celebrates after winning the 15:30 Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle REUTERS/Darren Staples
Paul Townend celebrates after winning the 15:30 Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle REUTERS/Darren Staples
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Penhill struck for the second year running at the Cheltenham Festival when springing a 12-1 surprise for trainer Willie Mullins in the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle.

Successful in the Albert Bartlett in 2017, Penhill had been absent for 323 days but shrugged off his race-rustiness to give Mullins his sixth winner of the week.

Ridden by Paul Townend, Penhill carried the colours of Brighton chairman Tony Bloom home by two lengths from Supasundae, following a scrap up the hill.

Wholestone stayed on strongly for third.

Townend said: "He's got a massive engine.

"It was some training performance. I got there too soon and luckily he kept going

"He jumped rusty enough early on but when I needed him at the last he produced."

Mullins said: "It's fantastic for connections. I want to put him away now for Cheltenham next year.

"He's not suited to training to the Flat and he's able to do this job so well."

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