leopardstown 27th Jan
Hurricane Fly, hot favourite for the Grade 1 feature
(Healy Racing Photos)
Hurricane Fly (1-6 favourite) stormed clear and after jumping the final flight with a big lead, was eased down to beat stablemate Thousand Stars by five lengths, with Binocular a nose further away in third.
Ex-French Pont Alexandre began his career for Mullins by winning a Grade One race at Navan and if anything he looked even better when landing the Synergy Security Solutions Novice Hurdle.
Walsh set out to make all on the 4-7 favourite and dismissed any lingering opposition when he quickened around the home turn, before passing the post with 11 lengths to spare from Sizing Gold.
Mullins, who went on to a four-timer, suffered two odds-on reverses, though there was a silver lining in the Frank Ward Solicitors Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle when he took the Listed prize with 'wrong one' Glens Melody.
Zuzka was sent off the 2-5 favourite but was struggling some way out and Paul Townend sent Glens Melody (9-2) past Jennies Jewel going to the last before clearing away to win by four and a half lengths.
The two chases went ahead after an inspection and Mullins completed his big day when the Walsh-ridden Rupert Lamb (5-2) led all the way and ran on strongly to take the Leopardstown Beginners Chase by four lengths.
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