Wednesday 13 December 2017

Treble thrills ton-up Mullins

Trainer Willie Mullins
Trainer Willie Mullins

A treble at Fairyhouse saw Willie Mullins break his own record and send out the fastest century of winners by a trainer in an Irish jumps season.

Mullins achieved the feat on December 16 last year, and raised the bar again in clocking up his 100th victory two days earlier. Mozoltov sealed the record and earned a 20/1 quote for the Arkle with Paddy Power in the process as he lifted the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Beginners Chase.

Last seen when beating subsequent Drinmore Chase winner Don Cossack at Punchestown in February, Mozoltov was far from hard pushed in the hands of Davy Russell.

Prominent throughout, the 1/2 favourite was spring-heeled at the last to come home a cosy winner over Mallowney with pace-setting Mount Colah third.

Mullins was delighted to hit the landmark win once again -- but was also keen to pay tribute to his team. "I've good clients and they're a fantastic pleasure to train for," he said. Of Mozoltov, he added: "I was very pleased with him and was delighted we were able to retain him when he went up for sale. We wouldn't be afraid to go up in class with him, he can go up in trip and I think he'll handle any ground."

Abbyssial kicked off the treble with victory in the opening Racegoer's 25 Package 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle. Sent off the 11/10 favourite, Abbyssial made every yard in the hands of Paul Townend, staying on well to see off Power Hound by seven and a half lengths.

Upazo doubled up for Mullins with a 10-length victory under Townend in the Irish Racing Yearbook Rated Hurdle. Townend also struck on a non-Mullins-trained runner to bring up his treble as Francis Flood's Miss Xian registered a cheeky triumph in the New Years Day 2014 At Fairyhouse Handicap Hurdle.

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