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  • Mullins And Walsh Prove Foursome

Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 6f

  • (4yo+, 2m 6f, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner €18,850 2nd €5,510 3rd €2,610 4th €870
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 22.50s
  • Off time: 14:35:34
  • Last Updated: February 7 2013, 16:31 GMT

Inish Island formed part of a sparkling Clonmel four-timer for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh with a cosy success in the Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle at Clonmel.

Ruby Walsh: Enjoyed great day at Clonmel
Ruby Walsh: Enjoyed great day at Clonmel

The seven-year-old was last seen running second to At Fishers Cross in a Cheltenham handicap and he went one better under a confident ride.

Inish Island, the 11-10 favourite, brushed aside his only serious rival, Venture

Capital, in the closing stages to score by two lengths.

Mullins said: "He's improving all the time. He's already shown good form at Cheltenham and we'll have to consider the Albert Bartlett. We'll have a chat with the owners and see what they want to do."

He is 16/1 for the Festival showpiece with Sky Bet.

Sarabad (7-4 joint-favourite) struck first for Mullins and Walsh with a 29-length romp in the Surehaul Race Day Maiden Hurdle while Annie Power (1-3) followed up her jumps debut success in the Kilsheelan Mares Hurdle.

The trainer is now eyeing a Grade One mares novice hurdle at Fairyhouse for the five-year-old.

Call The Police made it four out of four on the day for the pair when taking the Derrygrath Chase.

Third to Bobs Worth in last season's RSA Chase, Call The Police (5-6) was too good for the opposition.

Leading two out, he outpointed Magnanimity by three and a half lengths with Forpadydeplasterer third.

Mullins said: "He's improving and is in everything including the Grand National. I wouldn't mind bringing him back to two miles either as he's such a good jumper that he'd be able to perform at that shorter trip."


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