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Morning runs rivals ragged

Morning Run improved her 100 per cent record over the smaller obstacles to three when making most of the running in the Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

Ruby Walsh took the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old to the front after Melbourne Lady had been the first to leave the gate.

Morning Run (4-5 favourite) had her rivals on the stretch some way out and there was only stablemate Lyrical Theatre who was able to muster any kind of bid, but a mistake at the last ruined any chance she had and Morning Run scampered away to win comfortably.

Carrigmoorna Rock was expected to be Morning Run's main danger in the Grade Three heat, but she never struck a blow and was most disappointing.

Mullins said: "She was coming back from a bit of a setback as she had a cold and missed Christmas. I wondered if this was too soon and I was delighted with the way the two of them ran.

"There was a doubt about running either of them, but there wasn't much else, bar going to England with them, so we said we'd run the two and take the chance.

"This mare (Morning Run) seems to be going from strength to strength. I'd say we'll come back here for the Grade One with the two of them rather than going to Cheltenham. That looks the shrewder plan."

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