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Walsh works his magic to stir blundering Bubbles into life

ON the day he announced he was ending his partnership with Paul Nicholls, Ruby Walsh showed he's lost none of his drive for success by riding Call Me Bubbles to victory for Willie Mullins at Ballinrobe.

It wasn't looking very promising for the evens favourite as he dropped to fifth when blundering at the penultimate flight, but Walsh managed to get the four-year-old back in a prominent position as the field approached the straight.

The grey, which was Walsh's only booked ride on the card, responded gamely and jumped the last well before going on to beat Dawerann by six-and-a-half lengths.

Denis Hogan was given an armchair ride by Norah Starr as she decimated the field to land the Supermacs Ballinrobe And Claremorris Handicap Hurdle.

Totally Couture struck for Gordon Elliott in the Mulholland Bookmakers Maiden Hurdle, getting a fine steer from Davy Condon, who held off favourite Enchanted Forest by half a length.

On the Flat, Dermot Weld's Salhooda produced a gutsy effort to land the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Race. Sent to the front a long way from home by Pat Smullen, the 3/10 favourite could never quite get a large gap ahead of Kiss Goodnight.

Try as John Murphy's filly might, though, she couldn't catch the winner, which kept on to score by two lengths.

Aidan O'Brien's King Of The Romans got off the mark in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden.

SNEAKING

After being tried in a variety of headgear in the past, the 10/3 chance sported a hood and blinkers when sneaking up the inner on the home turn under Joseph O'Brien to record a three-and-three-quarter-length success over Modista.

Mutiska took the Ladies Day 25th June Handicap for Eoin Doyle. Always travelling nicely for Sam James, the 14/1 chance quickened away to win by three lengths.

The closing bumper went to the Val O'Brien-trained outsider Carrow Queen, which finished strongly to get the verdict in a three-way photo finish.

Irish Independent