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Fosters puts young David on map


Fosters Cross jumps ahead at the final flight under David Mullins

Fosters Cross jumps ahead at the final flight under David Mullins

Fosters Cross jumps ahead at the final flight under David Mullins

Fosters Cross gave young rider David Mullins his first winner as a professional when rolling back the years with the 13th success of his career in the Horse & Jockey Handicap Hurdle at Thurles.

The 12-year-old (14-1) provided the 7lb claimer, son of trainer Tom Mullins, with a red-letter day in what was a typically game performance.

The stable stalwart reeled in Mrs Mac Veale going to the final flight and after jumping into the lead, scampered clear to score by three and three-quarter lengths.

The 18-year-old rider said: "He was the perfect horse to start with and he owes myself or dad nothing at this stage. Coming to the last I took a pull and he had plenty left after the last."

The trainer added: "Fosters Cross has had a hard season and didn't run too bad for Bryan Cooper at Punchestown the last day.

"We freshened him up after that and he really came back to himself in the last 10 days and it was a nice pot to get. He'll probably pull out again at Leopardstown over Christmas.

"I'm thrilled to give David his first win as a professional and he rode him very professionally. He wasn't put off turning professional by any of his uncles!"

Black Zero won an action-packed race for the Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Chase.

With several of his main market rivals failing to complete, the 7-4 favourite took advantage of what became an easier task as he followed up his first success at Gowran last month.

Ballyadam Approach fell at the second-last when jousting for the lead, and Johnny Burke brought Michael McDonagh's contender through to take charge at the final fence and go on to score by four lengths from Killtilane Rose.

McDonagh said: "He jumped well. He's in at Limerick now on St Stephen's Day and if he comes out of this OK he'll go there. If not, we'll have to wait."

First reserve Betterthanalright (12-1) made the most of his chance to lift the Molony Cup Handicap Chase.

Liam Casey's eight-year-old got in the three-mile contest after the late defection of Adams Wood and proceeded to lead all the way for a seven-length victory over the 9-4 favourite Its The Ice I Like in the hands of Kevin Sexton.