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Mullins at the double at Navan

Willie Mullins continued his incredible season with a double at Navan, culminating in Rockyaboya's victory in the Garlow Cross Handicap Hurdle.

Despite being covered in a lather of sweat, the 6-1 favourite was travelling much the best approaching the last.

Jockey Patrick Mullins, who also owns the gelding, pushed him out after the last and he went on to record a three and a half-length success over Brian Who.

"He sweated up very badly and he's what we call a hot horse," said Mullins senior afterwards.

"Even at home he's like that although Patrick felt at the start that he might have boiled over too much.

"He'll probably go back over fences and will mix it between hurdles and chases."

Call Me Bubbles got the Mullins show off to a flyer when quickening away nicely to land the opening N.I. Childrens Hospice Maiden Hurdle.

Always to the fore under Paul Townend in the two-mile test, the 11-8 favourite skipped clear after the last to record a five-length verdict over Courage.

"He jumped a lot better today and he stayed well," said Mullins.

"He'll probably go to Fairyhouse and he'll resume his Flat career at some stage."


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