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Willie Mullins' brilliant Alelchi Inois now four unbeaten

By Martin Kelly

Alelchi Inois stretched his winning run to four races by securing Grade Three honours at Galway last night.

The on-song six-year-old, trained by Willie Mullins, did not need to be overly extended to take the Deacy Gilligan Ballybrit Novice Chase over two miles and a furlong.

Alelchi Inois was always close to the pace initiated by Enjoy Responsibly, who still held an appreciable advantage three fences from home.

But a solid leap from the 2-5 favourite at the final fence completely changed the complexion of the race as Paul Townend's partner bounded along the lengthy home straight to win it convincingly.

Definite Ruby stayed on for second but was never really a factor.

Alelchi Inois is now unbeaten in four starts since his focus turned to chasing.

Townend said: "He is a joy to ride over fences. He couldn't have done it any better. He is a summer-ground horse."

Townend and Mullins also won the Novice Hurdle with Most Peculiar.

Coral go 1-4 Australia to win the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday, with The Grey Gatsby at 6-1.

"The Grey Gatsby will have to improve considerably to beat Australia," said Coral's Nicola McGeady.

James Doyle warmed up for the Ladbrokes St Leger meeting at Doncaster, where he rides Snow Sky in the world's oldest Classic on Saturday, with a 208-1 treble at Leicester yesterday.

His opening winner was in the Snow Sky colours of his main retainer, Khalid Abdullah, on Dancetrack and he also struck on High Church and Sagaciously.

The latter provided a 50-1 shock on her debut in the British Stallion Studs EBF Filbert Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Ed Dunlop's filly overcame Housemaker well inside the final furlong to win by a length.

"I had some nice rides and it's good when they come off," said Doyle.

"Ed thought she'd run well so I don't think it was a huge surprise.

"This is just you want before a big meeting to get the confidence up."

Dunlop said: "We've always liked her. I thought her price was too big and she may be a nice filly for next year."

Doyle produced the Roger Charlton-trained High Church (11-8 favourite) from the rear to lead entering the final furlong and pull away to land the Markfield Handicap by two and three-quarter lengths from Opera Fan.

"I was pleasantly surprised how well he picked up," said Doyle.

"He's progressing nicely and a mile and a half suits him well."

Doyle had earlier guided Dancetrack (8-11) to justify favouritism in division two of the British Stallion Studs EBF Apollo Maiden Stakes.

"He ran eye-catchingly first time when he was keen early and got stuck in a pocket, and the ground wasn't ideal for him," said trainer Charlie Hills.

"He finished off really well and he'll learn more from this. We'll find another novice race for him."

Outlaw Country (8-11 favourite) repaid a little of his 500,000 guineas purchase price when landing the odds in division one under William Buick.

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