Thursday 13 December 2018

Mullins and Townend continue winning form with Sligo treble

Trainer Willie Mullins teamed up with Paul Townend for a treble at Sligo yesterday. PA Wire
Trainer Willie Mullins teamed up with Paul Townend for a treble at Sligo yesterday. PA Wire

Thomas Kelly

The all-conquering Willie Mullins bandwagon rolled on at Sligo yesterday when he teamed up Paul Townend for a treble.

Causey Arch (5/1) was the pair's third winner in the Kennedy's Bar Sligo Rated Novice Hurdle.

The five-year-old son of Jeremy was short of room approaching the second-last flight but arrived full of running to lead on the run-in and score a cheeky length-and-a-quarter success under an almost motionless Townend.

The jockey earlier steered Mullins' Salsaretta (1/12f) and Msassa (1/10f) to win the opening races, and following his third winner reported: "He did it nicely and jumped much better today.

"He loved the ground and his Flat form showed he'd loads of boot. He just got a fright early the last day and that put paid to his run. He made a couple of bad mistakes early last time but he jumped much better today. I'd say the smaller field suited him as well."

Causey Arch's 5/1 success brought 'respectability' to the payout for the Mullins/Townend treble which now returns €71.50 for a €10 bet, having earlier returned a paltry €11.92 for a €10 double from long odds-on winners Salsaretta (1/12f) and Msassa (1/10f).

Mullins was also expected to land the bumper, but his odds-on shot Roll Again had to play second fiddle to Noel Meade's The Red Menace (6/1) which romped home.

Michael Hourigan saddled his first winner since September when Humm Baby struck in the two-and-a-half-mile handicap.

The 13/2 shot was produced to challenge two from home by David Mullins and hit the front going to the last. The daughter of Mahler stuck on well to record a two-length success over An'ball.

Debut Elsewhere, Light Pillar made a winning Irish debut at Dundalk as the Joseph O'Brien-trained son of Galileo won the Scenic Carlingford Ferry Race under promising apprentice Shane Crosse.

The ex-Andre Fabre-trained four-year-old colt won twice in France and justified even-money favouritism to beat Kerosin by a length and a quarter.

The win was Crosse's third success, meaning his claim will now be reduced from 10lbs to 7lbs and afterwards the 16-year-old said he was delighted with the way things have been going for him.

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