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  • Vautour Earns Supreme Quote

Kells Maiden Hurdle 2m

  • (4yo, 2m, 30 runners)
  • Winner €6,900 2nd €1,600 3rd €700 4th €400
  • Going: Good to Yielding, Yielding in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 52.40s
  • Off time: 12:15:33
  • Last Updated: December 7 2013, 13:32 GMT

Vautour gave trainer Willie Mullins his second successive victory in the Kells Maiden Hurdle at Navan.

Ruby Walsh: Impressed by Vautour at Navan
Ruby Walsh: Impressed by Vautour at Navan

Mullins sent out subsequent Grade One winner Un Atout to claim the two-mile event last term, while the top-class Monksland emerged victorious for Noel Meade in 2011.

Connections of Vautour will be hoping he can hit similar heights as he justified 1/2 favouritism with an easy verdict in the hands of Ruby Walsh.

Walsh looked thoroughly in control on the ex-French runner two flights from home and the former Guillaume Macaire-trained four-year-old kicked on after the last to run out a five-and-a-half-length winner.

Lieutenant Colonel kept on for second, with Velvet Maker third.

Walsh said: "He won well. In fairness he'd two runs in France so he had the experience. He was working nicely at home, but you have to go and win your maiden and he's done that first time. He was impressive."

Mullins is away in Hong Kong with Vase contender Simenon, but his son, Patrick, said: "That's what he was showing at home. We think he's a very good horse and we'll probably look for something over Christmas for him now."

The sponsors cut the winner to 25/1 (from 33s) for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle and spokesman Michael Shinners said: "Vautour was very impressive and the fact he was 1/2 in such a huge field was an indication of the regard he's held in. It will be interesting to see how he develops between now and the spring."

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