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Sivola made to work at Punchestown

Ut De Sivola gave odds-on backers a scare in the Visit Juvenile Hurdle.

Willie Mullins' youngster figures prominently in the betting for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham and was sent off the 1-4 favourite in the Grade Three contest, but Ruby Walsh was hard at work alongside Dermot Weld's Hisaabaat at the final flight.

Hisaabaat ruined his chance with a bad blunder and though the winning distance was three and a quarter lengths, before the mistake the race was still in the balance.

Mullins said: "Ut De Sivola's better jumping won it for him. He was very keen early on and got caught on the outside. I'm hoping he'll improve from that and we'll probably look to run him again on (Irish) Hennessy day - the experience will do him no harm."

The champion trainer's Allure Of Illusion was unlucky in the INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle when badly hampered by a faller with half a mile to run and failing by a length to reel in Joxer, the 11-10 favourite ridden by Bryan Cooper.

Mullins' seven-race unbeaten run in bumpers also came to an end when Robin Angevin could only finish fourth behind odds-on favourite The Mighty Milan.

Paul Nolan's Carloswayback (11-4) looked a promising youngster but his career had been heading in the wrong direction before he returned to winning ways in the 49 Euro Punchestown Hospitality Beginners Chase.

Robbie Power's mount jumped soundly on his way to defeating Gates Of Rome by four lengths, with Fully Funded a disappointing third.

Nolan said: "We thought he was a good horse over hurdles, but his form got progressively worse and his later runs were terrible. He got a fall in a graded hurdle which looked a simple one at the time, but didn't turn out to be simple.

"He could go handicapping now but we could also look at a few novice chases because the big guns will be at Cheltenham and we'll look at races here instead."


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