Treble for Mullins as Aupcharlie obliges
Aupcharlie jumps the last under Andrew Lynch
(Healy Racing Photos)
He hit the front before the second last and kept on well from there to record an easy eleven length success from the Mary Louise Hallahan trained Toon River who ran a cracker to finish second at 20/1 under Robert Jones.
Willie Mullins said afterwards: "He seems to be the horse he was when we got him. He is stronger this year."
The Ann & Alan Potts owned gelding was of course disappointing over hurdles last season only shedding his maiden tag on his third attempt.
Stan James have introduced the winner at 25/1 in the betting for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March.
(Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes)
Odds-on favourite Oscar Whisky ran out an impressive winner of the Coral Hurdle at Ascot to atone for last year's fall.