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Approach lands MCR gamble

Final Approach took the feature MCR Hurdle at Leopardstown to lead home a one-two for Willie Mullins and land a gamble.

The most inexperienced horse in the field, the five-year-old was having only his fourth start over hurdles and was backed from 14-1 in the morning to be sent off at 6-1.

Paul Townend spotted a gap up the rails before the final flight and he shot through before comfortably holding off stablemate Call The Police by two lengths, with Mutadarek third and Northern Alliance fourth.

The winner is owned by Douglas Taylor, managing director of race sponsors MCR.

Mullins said: "It was fantastic. It's not often a plan comes together like that. Paul got there a bit soon, but made up his mind and won well. In races like that you need to get all the breaks.

"His last run gave some encouragement because he shaped as if he was going to win, but just got tired. He's not a big horse, so we'll probably just stay handicapping.

"Emmet (Mullins) gave Call The Police a good ride to finish second too."

Taylor added: "I bred Final Approach myself and hoped to sell him originally, but got stuck with him!

"His previous trainer Kevin Prendergast said there was a big pot to be won with him and his dam, College Fund Girl, is currently in foal to Yeats."

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