Musical Ava and Martin Burke jump the last to win the Mullingar Handicap Hurdle
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There was a family success for the Burkes as Musical Ava (14/1) took the Mullingar Handicap Hurdle.
Trained in Holycross, Co. Tipperary by John Burke (also owned by him) and ridden by his brother Martin, the 8-y-o mare by Court Cave was always prominent and went on before the last for a three and a half length victory from Friary Gold.
7/2 favourite Clonguile Way finished back in ninth place.
It was a well-deserved first win for the mare on her 28th start, after a number of placed efforts over the last couple of seasons.
Winning trainer John Burke said:- “She deserves every bit of it, she's been unlucky.
“She was second twice last year and on her second last run she was only beaten a head at Tramore.
“Hopefully it's onwards and upwards from here.”
Additional reporting by Gary Carson