Tattersalls Ireland
Champion Novice Hurdle
horse racing tipster
Grade 1, Punchestown 18:05
€250,000 added,
4yo, 2m 4f,
Class 1   
Friday 28th April 2017

1 Bacardys 10/1
2 Finian's Oscar 13/8F
3 Death Duty 9/2
9 ran NR: Moulin A Vent Distances: shd, 7l, nk
Time: 4m 53.90s (slow by 15.90s)

Bacardys provided Willie and Patrick Mullins with a big-race double after a thrilling race.

Bacardys
© Caroline Norris
Bacardys

Just over half an hour after the father-son combination teamed up to land the Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle with Wicklow Brave, Bacardys was a 10-1 shot for his Grade One assignment.

His stablemates Let's Dance and Kemboy took the field along for much of the two-and-a-half-mile journey but weakened from the home turn, after which Colin Tizzard's 13-8 favourite Finian's Oscar strode to the front.

However, just like he did when winning the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown in February, Bacardys finished powerfully and got up to beat the British challenger in the shadows of the post, winning by a short head.

Death Duty was third ahead of Let's Dance in fourth.

Mullins junior said: "I wasn't sure coming to the last, but I knew I was making a little bit of ground.

"I had no stride at the last and had to just sit, which wasn't ideal, but the other horse (Finian's Oscar) didn't wing it either.

"I thought I was too far back after losing my position in the back straight - he just wasn't jumping slick enough.

"I just took a chance, left him in his comfort zone and let him come with one run.

"I have to say thanks to dad for letting me ride this horse. It's great to be able to repay the faith."

Willie Mullins said: "I thought the game was up halfway down the back, but Patrick said he just wasn't travelling.

"Once he got him running again I thought he could at least get some prize-money, but I could see the way Patrick was riding he still felt he had life there.

"I'd say he rode the finish of his life to get up. It was a fantastic ride and to win two Grade Ones in just over half an hour - what a day!

"I wouldn't let him ride if he wasn't good enough. He's able to think out a race in mid-race and change plans. He's just very good, and has been at it long enough."

Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1)
€250,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 4f, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good to Yielding

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Bacardys (FR) 10/1 Mr P W Mullins W P Mullins 6
2nd s.h Finian's Oscar (IRE) 13/8f R M Power
11-10
C L Tizzard 5
3rd 7 Death Duty (IRE) 9/2 B J Cooper
11-10
G Elliott 6
4th nk Let's Dance (FR) 3/1 R Walsh
11-3
W P Mullins 5
5th 11 Bleu Berry (FR) 8/1 P Townend
11-10
W P Mullins 6
6th 2 The Nipper (IRE) 25/1 G Sheehan
11-3
W Greatrex 6
7th Kemboy (FR) 14/1 D J Mullins
11-10
W P Mullins 5
PU Outspoken (IRE) 14/1 M P Walsh
11-10
Joseph P O'Brien 5
F Runfordave (IRE) 33/1 J W Kennedy
11-10
G Elliott 5
NR Moulin A Vent S W Flanagan
11-10
N Meade 5

PAST RESULTS
Year Horse Age/Wt Owner Trainer Jockey SP
2016 Jer's Girl 4-6-10 John P McManus G P Cromwell Barry Geraghty 11/8 Fav
2015 Nichols Canyon 5-11-10 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh 4/5 Fav
2014 Vautour 5-11-10 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh 1/3 Fav
2013 Un Atout 5-11-10 Gigginstown House Stud Willie Mullins Davy Russell 4/6 Fav
2012 Dedigout 6-11-10 Gigginstown House Stud Tony Martin Davy Russell 100/30
2011 Spirit Of Adjisa 7-11-10 Darr, Johnson, Weston & Whitaker Tim Vaughan GB Richard Johnson 16/1
2010 Reve De Sivola 5-11-10 Paul Duffy Diamond P’shp Nick Williams GB Daryl Jacob 9/4 Fav
2009 Mikael D’Haguenet 5-11-10 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh 8/11 Fav
2008 Tranquil Sea 6-11-10 Dermot Cox Edward O’Grady Andrew McNamara 7/1
2007 Glencove Marina 5-11-11 John Brennan Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh 11/4 Jt Fav
2006 Nicanor 5-11-11 Des Sharkey Noel Meade Ruby Walsh 9/10 Fav
2005 Asian Maze 6-11-07 Sheila Moore Tom Mullins Paul Carberry 6/4 Fav
2004 Sadlers Wings 6-11-12 John J Brennan Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh 4/5 Fav
2003 Nobody Told Me 5-11-06 Amber Syndicate Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh 9/1
2002 Davenport Milenium 6-11-12 Miriam O’Callaghan Willie Mullins Ruby Walsh 100/30
*2001 Colonel Braxton 6-11-12 Sue Magnier Dessie Hughes Kieran Kelly 8/13 Fav
2000 What’s Up Boys 6-12-00 R J B Partners Philip Hobbs GB Richard Johnson 6/1
1999 Native Upmanship 6-12-00 Sue Magnier Arthur Moore Tommy Treacy 8/1
1998 Ballygowan Beauty 6-12-00 Mrs Carmel O’Brien Michael Hourigan Conor O’Dwyer 16/1
1997 Istabraq 5-11-13 J P McManus Aidan O’Brien Charlie Swan 4/11 Fav
1996 Castlekellyleader 7-12-00 E Morrissey Paddy Mullins Tommy Treacy 4/1
1995 Treble Bob 5-11-13 Michael Smurfit Dermot Weld Richard Dunwoody 11/10 Fav
*Run at Fairyhouse