Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Meri Devie stays on well to give Mullins a treble

Sat 28th Apr 2018, 18:44

Meri Devie, second right, keeps on best in Punchestown
© Photo Healy Racing

Meri Devie continued the golden run of Willie Mullins's stable by bringing up a treble for the Closutton trainer in the Grade B Ballymore Handicap Hurdle.

Rachael Blackmore was seen to good effect on board the five-year-old mare as she drove her home between horses on the run-in to score by a length and three parts at 14/1.

C'est Jersey at 33/1 took second berth, a neck in front of second reserve Benkei at 25/1. Bunk Off Early (28/1) was half a length further away in fourth.

A massive field of 24 went to post for this two and a half mile contest with Mullins responsible for a whopping 13 of them.

Willie Mullins said: "She disappointed me all year. I thought the way she was handicapped she could win a big one but it took Rachael (Blackmore) to get it out of her.

"She's a good mare. She got very strong this year and I just couldn't get her fit enough. She obviously likes this track. She might go on the Flat."

1st
14/1
Tote €21.60 €4.40
2nd
1.75L
33/1
€8.00
3rd
nk
25/1
€7.50
4th
0.5L
28/1
€7.80
bf
1L
6/1Fav

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