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Urano away to a winning start

Urano gave Willie Mullins cause for optimism when he led from the off to record an easy victory on his fencing debut in the McCarthy Insurance Group Beginners Chase at Cork.

Often frustrating during a hurdles career in which the ex-French gelding won just one race in 11 attempts, it could be a different story now as he made the switch to the bigger obstacles look easy in the hands of Ruby Walsh.

The evens favourite barely put a foot wrong and stretched away going to the final fence to beat Drumlee by 13 lengths.

Mullins, earlier successful with Bosman Rule, said: "He wasn't bought as a chaser and was bought as a hurdler, but maybe this is his job and he seemed to take to it well.

"We thought he might be good enough to run in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, but he has had a disappointing hurdling career. It looked like longer trips were suiting him better, but maybe he is now coming to himself.

"He could be a Power Gold Cup horse, but I hate making plans with him as he has disappointed in the past and I'd be happy if he just kept winning races."

Walsh added: "He jumped super, travelled fine and quickened up down the straight. We're struggling to find what the key is to him and maybe he's just a stronger horse now. H opefully he'll go forward and he couldn't have been any more impressive today.

Only five went to post for the McCarthy Insurance Group Handicap Chase, but it provided a dramatic finish when the whole complexion of the contest changed at the third-last fence.

Former Thyestes Chase hero Jadanli was in the process of running a big race when the veteran came down while leading, and he was soon followed by If Not For You, who held every chance at the time.

That left recent Tramore scorer Bothair Clei in front with Sizing Coal breathing down his neck, and Daniel Murphy's 5-2 shot proved to have most in the locker, going on to score by a length and a half under Philip Enright.

Murphy said: "It was hard to know what would have happened with the two fallers, but he won snug enough.

"There's a handicap chase I've had in mind for him at Naas in February over two and a half miles for novices. He's definitely able to step up in trip and he might make the four-miler at Cheltenham, although I don't know whether he'll go there.

"My father bred him and I'd love to get him some black type as we still have the family."

Enright added: "The two falling at the third-last left me in front a bit longer than I wanted, but in fairness when Johnny (Burke, on Sizing Coal) came to me he picked up again. He wasn't doing a whole pile in front but he kept galloping to the line."

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