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Dog delivers for Mullins and Walsh

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh did what they did on the opening evening of the Galway Festival as Long Dog rewarded favourite backers in the Topaz Novice Hurdle.

Bachasson had got the formidable duo on the scoreboard at the first time of asking on Monday and in Long Dog they look to have another potential Cheltenham candidate - although he gave his backers a slight scare along the way.

Always prominent just off the shoulder of Three Stars, Walsh's mount took two out with a slight advantage, but was far from fluent in doing so.

Walsh was never flustered, however, and he charged clear going to the last, taking that flight well before grinding out a 10-length success.

Mullins said of the winner, who was returned at 1-2: "Ruby thought after the race that he should go up in trip and I loved the way he galloped all the way to the line.

"After the mistake he made, and to go up the hill the way he did, screamed that he needs a trip. I'm more than pleased with the way he responded to the mistake.

"This horse and the one last night (Bachasson) are two really good novices for this time of year."

Ibergman stayed on best of all in the E.B.F. Maiden to make it two days to remember for Sheila Lavery.

The County Meath trainer struck with her first runner at the Festival on Monday with Romiac and just 24 hours later repeated the trick with 8-1 chance Ibergman under Ronan Whelan, accounting for B Cosmos by a length.

Lavery said: "I think a few of my horses just needed a bit of cut in the ground. She's a lovely-actioned filly, but may have been finding the ground just a bit too fast.

"A lot of my horses have been getting bad draws and I'd like to thank Eddie Lynam for his advice. He said don't try to beat your draw and just ride your race."


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