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Mossey lands Cork feature

Mossey Joe put up an impressive performance when maintaining his unbeaten record in the feature O'Connell Group Cork Stayers Novice Hurdle at Cork.

Winner of two point-to-points and a novice hunter chase, the seven-year-old (12-1) stepped up to the plate in tremendous fashion on his first run over the smaller obstacles.

Pulling hard at the back of the field for Andrew Leigh for much of the race, Mossey Joe jumped into the lead at the third-last flight and stretched clear to score by nine lengths from Fists Of Fury.

Trainer Willie Austin said: "I'm not surprised he won like that, he never came off the bridle to win before. He was never away for a gallop before today though and that should bring him on another stone.

"He is a more of a chaser really but he might go in another one of those (a hurdle). The Irish National would be his main aim as he jumps well.

"He'd be better off in front. He had to come here though as there were no chases for him. There was only one three-miler and that was in Leopardstown at Christmas."

Dual bumper winner Bishopsfurze made a promising winning debut over jumps in the Irish Racing Yearbook Maiden Hurdle (Division One).

The 11-10 favourite, trained by Willie Mullins, went on before the second-last in the hands of Paul Townend and kept on strongly to beat 33-1 outsider Changing Times by a cosy three lengths.

Mullins said: "I was delighted with his jumping because in a schooling hurdle David Casey had an awful fall off him, but he seems to have learned from that. We'll go back over two and a half miles now - he'll be one of our best novices after a performance like that."

Bookmakers were impressed with the performance and Bishopsfurze was cut from 25-1 to 16-1 by Stan James for the Neptune Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

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