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Walsh grabs Tramore brace

Old Castletown gives Ruby Walsh a double
Old Castletown gives Ruby Walsh a double

Ruby Walsh bagged a double at Tramore, culminating in victory aboard his father Ted's Old Castletown in the Heinz Pollmeier Memorial Handicap Chase.

Walsh tracked favourite Illtakeitfromhere for much of the final circuit, before jumping the second last alongside him and scooting clear.

He recorded a three and a half-length verdict over Indian Temple, who stayed on to relegate the market leader to third place.

The win meant Ruby Walsh landed the prize for leading rider at the Festival.

Ted Walsh said: "The plan was to make it but he was wiped out at the start. Ruby was lucky he didn't break his toe. We had to go to Plan B then and that was just to let Ruby do what he wanted.

"He won around here before, he is an ordinary horse and it was an ordinary race. It was nice to win.

"He is a 0-95 horse, he is a good leaper and he needs quick ground. He handles this place well and there will be another one in him somewhere along the line.

Walsh's double was started when Upazo returned to form with a battling display in the Comeragh Veterinary, Kilmacthomas Chase.

Willie Mullins' 7-4 favourite was off the bridle earlier than closest rival Usuel Smurfer, but he found more up the run-in to score.

Mullins said: "The conditions of this race suited him well and he jumped well considering he got an awful fall the last day in Limerick when running a really good race there.

"I was hoping if he got over that fall that he'd have a chance and thankfully it worked out. I don't know where we will go from here but we'll look out of a winners' of two novice chase.

"I'm happy with him over that trip or two and a half mile for the time being, it probably just gives him more time to jump and get his confidence back. Ruby said he tried to pull himself up when he got to the front so we might put cheekpieces on him the next time to keep him concentrated."

Mullins completed a double of his own when son Patrick guided Pearl Diamond (4-5 favourite) to an emphatic victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Flat Race.

The win was particularly momentous for Patrick Mullins, as that brought his tally of career wins to 400.

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