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Mullins strikes on the Flat


Trainer Willie Mullins

Trainer Willie Mullins

Trainer Willie Mullins

Champion National Hunt trainer Willie Mullins enjoyed a rare two-year-old winner as Blue Bullet made a successful debut in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Maiden at Cork.

The juvenile is a half-brother to the smart Monsieur Chevalier, but was allowed to go off at 7-1 for this six-furlong test in rain-softened ground.

Gary Carroll coaxed his mount to the front inside the final furlong and although Scent Of Roses soon loomed up as a big danger, Blue Bullet fought her off professionally to score by a neck.

Carroll said: "He went well in a schooling race at Dundalk last Tuesday under Emmet McNamara. He broke well and travelled well and was very tough. He got headed but really stuck his head out - which I liked. He's a great ride for a two-year-old - to come and do that first time out."

The Pat Flynn-trained Chois The Idea gained a narrow verdict in the Kerry Group Handicap.

Sent off at 6-1 to supplement a victory at Down Royal at the start of the month, the three-year-old battled his way to the front in the last of the six furlongs in the hands of Danny Grant.

The consistent Battleroftheboyne finished off his race well, but once again had to make do with minor honours, beaten a length into second.

Grant said: "He's probably better on that softer ground than what he had at Down Royal. He's going to improve and there was tons more left in the tank. He seems decent."