Good Mullins run continues
Willie Mullins unleashed yet another potential star as Aughaloor strolled to victory in the Bobbyjo Bistro Maiden Hurdle at Fairyhouse.
Paul Townend settled the eight-year-old in mid-division and did not make his move until approaching the final flight, where the 5-2 shot was allowed to ease home to win by a length and a half, oozing class in the process.
Mullins was represented by his assistant, Harold Kirk, who said: "We think he's a very good horse who could go to the very top."
He went on: "He will be aimed at the three-mile novice at Cheltenham as he stays, jumps and goes on any ground. He has just been a bit unfortunate not to have realised his full potential so far."
Mullins sent out joint-favourite Enterprise Park for the Murphy Signs Beginners Chase, but he fell early on and the race went to Bob Lingo, who built up a big lead and stayed there under Mark Walsh.
"They gave him a bit of a lead at the start but he won well in the end. We'll see what JP (McManus, owner) and Frank (Berry, racing manager) say now before making plans," said winning trainer Tom Mullins.
The valuable Porterstown Handicap Chase went the way of Droim Toll (10-1), who gave Townend a treble after victory on Might Be Magic (7-1) in the Ashbourne Handicap Hurdle.
Donal Hassett's charge won well in the end, but he benefited from the last-fence exit of Rocco's Hall, who gave Andrew McNamara no chance of staying in the saddle. The jockey missed his final ride.
"Droim Toll wasn't right at Limerick, but I don't know why. However, he stays all day and goes on that ground. He had a wind operation last season and I was reasonably confident coming here," said Hassett.
Willie Mullins was also on the mark at Tramore with the high-class Barker (5-1), who toyed with his rivals to take the Holden Plant Rentals Chase by five and a half lengths.