Meri Devie, second right, keeps on best in Punchestown
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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."