Sunday 22 April 2018

Power's pressure points to Mullins double at Thurles

Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo: Patrick McCann
Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo: Patrick McCann

Thomas Kelly

With Ruby Walsh and Paul Townend sidelined by injury, Robbie Power rode his first winner for Willie Mullins after earning his fee on Pylonthepressure in the opening race at Thurles.

Mullins saddled two runners in the Templemore Beginners Chase, but 2/1 joint-favourite Turcagua only made it as far as the second fence. Power was hard at work aboard Pylonthepressure (9/2) some way from home in the two-mile contest, but his perseverance paid off as the eight-year-old's stamina kicked in late on as he got up to beat Balbir Du Mathan by three lengths.

"Myself and Robbie have a small family connection as when Robbie changed from show-jumping to racing he would have started off riding for my father," Mullins explained.

Of the winner, he added: "It was a nice performance considering he jumped very big down the back. His stamina just won it for him."

The champion trainer completed a double when Clinton Hill justified 11/8 favouritism in the bumper under son Patrick.

Davy Russell enjoyed a 23/1 treble courtesy of wins on the Mouse Morris-trained Last Man Standing (2/1), Gordon Elliott's Goodthynemilan (5/2) and Or Jaune De Somoza (5/4) for Henry de Bromhead, whose Mount Hanover (2/1) sealed a double for him.

Irish Independent

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