Westener on top as market leaders flop
The Westener Boy and Mark Walsh pop the last
(Healy Racing Photos)
Willie Mullins charge was backed from 5/4 this morning into 8/13 and was sent off 4/6 favourite on track.
The French-bred didn't jump particularly well early on but hit the front before the third last.
He was tracked through by The Westener Boy, however, who claimed the lead at the penultimate fence.
The favourite found disappointly little as Colm Murphy's charge went clear in the JP McManus colours to record an easy 25-length success.
The winner had been placed on his two previous starts over fences and clearly relished the step up to three miles today.
"Mark (Walsh) said he loved the conditions and he jumped away well," said racing manager Frank Berry.
"We'll find a winner's race for him somewhere. He appreciated the trip and the ground."
(Additional reporting by Alan Magee)
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