navan 19th Feb
Terminal gets the better of Tofino Bay
Grand National-bound horses held sway at Navan on an afternoon of surprises in the big races.
The 10-year-old was always travelling sweetly for Davy Condon and after favourite Rubi Light folded tamely, Chicago Grey eased past Foildubh on the run to the final fence and scored by two and a half lengths.
Five turned out for the Flyingbolt Novice Chase and they provided an exciting finish as Henry de Bromhead's Buckers Bridge (7-2) returned to winning form.
The winning six-year-old (15-8) tracked He's A Delight for much of the way as the jockeys looked for the best ground, and challenged two out before being driven clear to win by five and a half lengths.
There was an upset in the two-mile maiden hurdle when Harry Rogers' Irish Thistle (9-2) dismissed the odds-on City Slicker, while the two-and-a-half-mile maiden hurdle was won cosily by Noel Meade's 7-4 favourite Mullaghanoe River, completing a Condon double.
Mullins made it a treble when his son Patrick drove up Made In Germany (9-10 favourite) to snatch the Dunsany INH Flat Race close home.
Made In Germany got into gear late on to land the concluding bumper at Navan and give trainer Willie Mullins a treble on the card.