New Year cheer for Mullins as Bachasson shows class
Bachasson ran out an impressive winner of the Savills A Different Outlook Chase at Tramore yesterday.
The Willie Mullins-trained grey made a successful start to his campaign in a similar race at Thurles in November and was the even-money favourite for this Listed prize in the hands of Paul Townend.
After last year's winner Champagne West had taken the field along for the first half of the two-mile-five-furlong journey, Bachasson took over on the second circuit and never looked back.
A Toi Phil did his best to make a race of it, but Bachasson extended clear on the run to the final fence and safely negotiated the obstacle to seal a 13-length success.
Townend said: "He jumped super and the only semblance of a mistake he made was at the last when he was a bit lonely and tired.
"It's very heavy ground out there and you couldn't be happier with him. He is a forward-going horse who is quick to the other side of his fences."
Bachasson completed doubles on the day for Mullins and Townend following the earlier success of French recruit Deal D'Estruval (4/7 favourite) in the Curran South East Cleaners Maiden Hurdle.
Chateauneuf Du Pap was a 3/1 winner of the David Flynn Building Contractors Maiden Hurdle for Ellmarie Holden and Rachael Blackmore.
Gordon Elliott's Cubomania (2/1 favourite) followed up his recent Down Royal victory in the Kilbarry Lodge Stud Home Of Diamond Boy Handicap Hurdle under Jack Kennedy, while Paul Nolan's Peculiar Genius landed a 4/1 gamble in the Ani-Pets Veterinary Clinic Rated Novice Chase.
At Fairyhouse, Elliott's Dortmund Park began to repay some of the €230,000 shelled out for him with a hard-fought success in the Happy New Year Maiden Hurdle, while Sutton Place made a successful start to his career over fences in the Beginners Chase.
Danny Mullins also enjoyed a double, steering Martello Park (13/8 fav) home in the Mares Maiden Hurdle for his mother Mags before completing his brace aboard the David Broad-trained Mystic Embarr (12/1) in the Join Fairyhouse Members Club Handicap Hurdle.