Punchestown: Stunning high five for happy Mullins
Willie Mullins enjoyed a red-letter day at Punchestown with a 951-1 five-timer, highlighted by Golden Silver's last-gasp win in the Tied Cottage Chase.
Paul Townend did the steering on the first four wins, with Mullins' son Patrick riding bumper winner Celtic Folklore (9-2) in the finale.
Mullins had been debating whether to even run Golden Silver given the score was 4-0 in champion chaser Big Zeb's favour.
“It just goes to prove the old adage that if you're not in, you can't win,” said Mullins.
“He didn't jump well early and he only got into it in the last half mile. His style of racing suits being dropped in like that, though.
“I'd imagine he could go straight across the water (to Cheltenham).
“I was thinking of the Ryanair, but we'll leave him in the Champion Chase as well and see what happens. I thought he could be a bit flat coming here off the back of recent runs, but maybe he is better suited to having a run rather than being trained.
“Going on the evidence, and the way he operates, he could run again before Cheltenham.”
Gagewell Flyer was given a 20-1 quote for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle and the Supreme after maintaining his unbeaten record over timber in the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle.
“I brought Gagewell Flyer back to two miles to get more experience,” said Mullins.
Another with Festival aspirations is Some Target (9-2), who easily landed the Grand National Trial on his handicap debut.
Raptor (2-1) was the fourth winner for Mullins and Townend in the Mianach Maiden Hurdle.
The opening Cross Country Chase was cancelled due to frost.