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Fosters Cross gets David Mullins off to flyer

By Martin Kelly

Fosters Cross gave young rider David Mullins his first winner as a professional when rolling back the years in the Horse & Jockey Handicap Hurdle at Thurles.

The 12-year-old provided the 7lb claimer, son of trainer Tom Mullins, with a red-letter day in what was a typically game performance to register a 13th career success.

Mullins' stable stalwart jumped into the lead at the final flight and scampered three and three-quarter lengths clear of Mrs Mac Veale.

The 18-year-old rider, who had 12 winners as an amateur, said: "He was the perfect horse to start with and he owes myself or dad nothing at this stage. Coming to the last I took a pull and he had plenty left."

The trainer said of his 14-1 winner: "Fosters Cross has had a hard season and didn't run too bad for Bryan Cooper at Punchestown the last day.

"We freshened him up after that and he really came back to himself in the last 10 days and it was a nice pot to get. He'll probably pull out again at Leopardstown over Christmas.

"I'm thrilled to give David his first win as a professional and he rode him very professionally."

Another father/son combination from the Mullins family, trainer Willie and amateur rider Patrick, struck with Lyrical Theatre in the Gift Horse Gallery Horse & Jockey Hotel Mares Maiden Hurdle.

However, the 2-7 shot made hard work of landing the odds, only getting on top close to home to deny Annagh Haven by a length.

"She wasn't impressive but I was in two minds with her whether to go hurdling straight away or wait until next season and might have rushed the decision," said the trainer.

"I normally would have waited and put her away until next season, but I thought her class might see her through.

"I'm hoping to go to the bigger tracks with her and she'll go for a novice hurdle next."

Pylonthepressure (2-5 favourite) gave that team a double with an effortless victory in the Curaheen (Pro/Am) INH Flat Race.

RaceBets introduced Pylonthepressure at 16-1 for the Champion Bumper in March.

Davy Condon has decided not to appeal against the 15-day suspension and £3,150 fine handed to him by the Ascot stewards on Saturday.

The officials ruled he had used his whip above the permitted level from the second-last when winning The Ladbroke on the Gordon Elliott-trained Bayan.

It was Condon's third ride back after career-threatening injuries sustained in a horror fall at Cork in August when he fractured three vertebrae in the middle of his back.

High Chaparral, winner of the Derby in 2002, has died at the age of 15 in Tipperary.

The six-time Group One winner died after colic surgery.

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