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Mr Mulliner on form at Downpatrick races

By Ron McKnight

Killiney Court proved to be one of the star turns at Downpatrick yesterday overcoming Iffjack to win the opening maiden hurdle.

Iffjack had attempted to make all the running but Killiney Court, with Mikey Fogarty aboard, had tracked the leader throughout and jumped into the lead at the penultimate to register victory.

Winning trainer, Colm Murphy said Killiney Court will be in action again as soon as possible.

He stated: "He's in again on Friday at Kilbeggan and could go again. I'll see how he is. I think he will probably go chasing sooner rather than later. He will give the owner a bit of fun."

Kilclispeen and Victoryrowe had an epic battle to the line in the long distance maiden hurdle with the former owned by JP McManus and trained by Aidan O'Brien prevailing by three parts of a length with Barry Geraghty in the saddle. Ultimate Horseman led from halfway but having started favourite yet again disappointed and faded to finish fourth.

Geraghty said "He battled well. He's a grand sort and will make a staying type."

Geraghty opted for different tactics in the handicap hurdle when going of in front and establishing a clear lead on Chamonix.

The tactics looked like paying dividends as favourite Mr Mulliner was 10 lengths behind the leading quartet running downhill but winning jockey Derek Fox timed his run to perfection having looked at one time lucky to be placed.

A delighted winning trainer Mark McNiff said: "They got very well strung out and he's only a small horse with a big weight. I'm delighted. He'll probably come back here next time for a chase."

Racegoers were treated to another thrilling finish in the Best Dressed Lady Hurdle.

Sounds Of Thunder had made all the running until headed by Feel The Air prior to the penultimate flight and looked the winner until Don Vincenzo, which had stalked the runner-up, swept through between horses close to the line.

Winning trainer, Colin Bowe, the Leading Points handler for several seasons, said: "He'll probably go for a little chase now. This race was run to suit him and he enjoys that good ground."

The Beginners Chase produced another rousing finish with Phantom Prince denying Dawn Flyer by a length.

Jockey Robbie Power said: "It was hard work. He's not a scopey sort and took time to warm up. His class saw him through.

"He had schooled well but carefully."

The handicap chase was another cliff hanging finish with Cnoc Na Sioga beating the locally trained, Heavenly Brook by half a length. Winning jockey, Andrew Lynch dismounted after the line.

Winning owner/trainer, John Ryan said: "I hope he's alright. Andrew thought he was a bit sore after the line. He's a smashing horse and has won a few hurdle races. That was his first over fences."

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