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Felix fires for Wylie and Mullins

Felix Yonger continued owner Graham Wylie's excellent first season with runners in Ireland when landing the spoils in the paddypower.com Novice Hurdle at Naas.

Trained by Willie Mullins, the 2-1 favourite had to work hard for this Grade Two success but was up to the task, coming home three lengths to the good.

Dressedtothenines finished with a flourish to snatch second from the gutsy front-runner One Cool Shabra.

Mullins said: "Coming back in trip was no problem for Felix Yonger. He is a super mover and I don't think he is a winter horse - I think he'll be better on better ground in the spring.

"I imagine he'll be good enough to travel (to Cheltenham) if we want to, but I'll have a word with Mr Wylie and see what he wants to do.

"Ruby (Walsh) always thought he would have no trouble staying but he is well able to compete over two miles on better ground. He shows plenty of gears at home and I think he'll improve again."

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