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Super Mullins at the double

By Richard Forristal

Turban landed another valuable pot for the powerful Willie Mullins team with a decisive success in the Underwriting Exchange Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse.

Ruby Walsh brought the 11/2 shot with a powerful bid to lead after two out, sealing victory with a big leap at the final fence.

Competitive Edge tried hard but was well held as Turban got home six lengths clear.

"He ran a nice race (over hurdles when second) in Cork and this is a nice race to win," said the champion trainer.

"He loves that ground and he's a hell of a jumper. I'd imagine that was his Gold Cup. If he keeps improving, we'll look at a graded race."

Mullins was completing a double, having earlier struck with Gitane Du Berlais, which outpointed stablemate Vicky De L'Oasis in the Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle.

Paul Townend led a long way out on the lightly-weighted four-year-old and the evens favourite kept up the gallop to beat Walsh's mount by five lengths.

"It was a good performance and they are two good mares. The winner loves the ground and the trip and the way she jumped the last few she had plenty in the tank," said Mullins.

Gitane Du Berlais received Triumph Hurdle quotes, but Mullins warned: "This is her ground and we are probably looking at taking her to France rather than Cheltenham. It will probably be too quick for her in Cheltenham."

Waxies Dargle (11/1) took advantage of a slip by Daneking to land the Fairyhouse Schooling Races Maiden Hurdle under Ulsterman Tony McCoy.

The two jumped the last together but Daneking stumbled which let McCoy – on Noel Meade's runner, owned by JP McManus – go on and score by a length and three-quarters.

"I knew he was in good form coming here," said Meade.

"He's tough and he likes that ground. His jumping was a bit sketchy on his first few runs but he seems to be getting the hang of it now."

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