Vroum Vroum Mag motors to Clonmel comeback success
The Willie Mullins-trained Vroum Vroum Mag extended her unbeaten record over fences to six with a comfortable victory in the European Breeders Fund T.A. Morris Memorial Mares Chase at Clonmel.
Ruby Walsh was content to hold the Rich Ricci-owned 1-4 favourite off the pace set by Miss Dinamic before leading at the second-last.
Though she did not jump that obstacle particularly well, she was more fluent at the final fence and won as she liked by seven and a half lengths.
Mullins said: "She did it nicely and will be aimed at a mares' campaign - there's a race for her at Carlisle and there's another one for her in England in February.
"She's in the Hennessy, but that's not my first line of thought and we'll go slowly with her this season."
Walsh said: "She got a bit high behind (at the second-last) and will improve a fair bit for the run. She did what she had to and might now have to step up and race against the geldings.
"She is so laid-back that she never catches your eye at home. She isn't flash and keeps her best for the track.
"There aren't a whole pile of mares' races for her and she'll have to improve. It's all potential with her at the moment so some day we'll probably be disappointed!"
It was a second win on the card for Walsh as he took the opening I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle on Jetstream Jack for the Gordon Elliott team.
Walsh was a late replacement for Davy Russell, who was unable to make his return from injury due to a paperwork problem.
Walsh completed a treble when Mullins' Noble Inn proved much too good in the Clonmel Oil Slan Abhaile Hurdle, scoring by six lengths as the 8-11 favourite.
Mullins said: "I was worried whether he'd handle the ground but on his Flat prep, I thought he had a pound or two in hand over hurdles.
"Races like the BoyleSports Hurdle and the County Hurdle could suit but looking at that you'd say he could stay three miles and he's as tough as nails."