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Midnight Game leads Staying Article
(Healy Racing Photos)
4-9 favourite Staying Article was travelling better at the second last, but the Willie Mullins-trained 5-2 chance swept to the lead between the last two, and when the market leader was clumsy over the last, Midnight Game ran on for a seven-length success.
Russell's mount looked there to be got at two from home, but try as Ned Buntline might, he could not reel in the 5-1 chance, who went on to score by a length and a quarter.
The final instalment of Russell's treble came when Bog Warrior (4-5) took advantage of a very lenient hurdles mark to turn the Ryan's Cleaning Services Handicap Hurdle into a procession, winning by eight lengths from Wise Oscar.
Though his jumping was far from foot perfect, Mount Benbulben got off the mark over fences in the Nicky Connors - Lifetime In Racing Beginners Chase.
Davy Condon nursed the 8-13 favourite into contention after a terrible blunder at the second and he travelled smoothly into the lead on the home turn, povercoming another sketchy leap at the last to win by five lengths from Mackeys Forge.
Russell's attempts to make all on Far Away So Close in the Bar One Racing Ballyhack Handicap Chase only came unstuck in the closing stages as Lead Kindly Light (11-1) proved too strong up the home straight, winning by two and a quarter lengths under Andrew Leigh.
King Of Queens proved strongest of all in the Bar One Racing Handicap Hurdle.
Timmy Murphy could be sidelined for up to six weeks after damaging two vertebrae in a fall at Newbury on Friday.