Choill makes it a family affair
Lios A Choill provided Willie Mullins with a family success in the Marge Brown Memorial Maiden Hurdle at Navan.
The County Carlow trainer not only saddled the winner, but his amateur rider son Patrick was in the saddle and the seven-year-old gelding is owned by his wife, Jackie. The 9-4 second-favourite was produced to lead at the final flight as the under pressure long-time leader Bog Warrior fell.
Jetson, the 2-1 favourite, was the only danger but Lios A Choill stayed on the better to win in cosy fashion by a length, making amends for his own last-hurdle tumble at Thurles when he had the race at his mercy.
Harold Kirk, representing the winning trainer, said: "Lios A Choill was obviously unlucky when he fell at Thurles the last day and is a great looking horse who will jump a fence in time. He has loads of gears, should have a big future and will be better on better ground."
Sweeney Tunes (14-1) capitalised on a last-flight blunder by the evens favourite Dantes King to take the Irish Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle.
Davy Russell galvanised his mount after the obstacles to pull away from Gordon Elliott's charge and win by three-quarters of a length. A stewards' inquiry was called but Shane Donohoe's horse was eventually allowed to keep the race.