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Mullins hits century mark with Soll

Willie Mullins secured his 100th winner of the season in record time as Soll landed the odds at Down Royal.

The Irish champion trainer's career continues to go from strength to strength and this was another notable milestone as he achieved his fastest ever century.

The victory was not unexpected, with Soll sent off the 2-5 favourite to go one place better than his chasing debut second at Punchestown on New Year's Eve in Down Royal's N.I. Hotels Federation Beginners Chase.

Ruby Walsh sent the giant seven-year-old to the front from the outset and he galloped his rivals into submission, holding off Harpsy Cord by four and a half lengths.

Mullins said: "I'm delighted to make 100. We have such a quality of horse at the minute. We'll keep our fingers crossed that we keep them healthy."

Of the Cheltenham Festival-bound winner, he added: "He'll probably go for the four-mile chase (National Hunt Chase) at Cheltenham.

"You saw how green he was passing the post. I doubt he'll run between now and Cheltenham. I would like to get another run into him but it may be too close."


From Belfast Telegraph