Mullins on the double at Thurles
Unika La Reconce left her Thurles opponents for dead
The French-import threw some beautiful leaps on her Irish debut. She achieved the win from the front and put the race to bed from before the last on her way to a twelve length thrashing of second favourite, Speckled Wood.
Mullins, on the mark in the previous event with Midnight Game, said of Susannah Ricci's Unika La Reconce: "She's a mare that'll probably be better over fences. She doesn't really have respect for those hurdles but she'll go down the mares novice hurdle route now.
"She's a fine big mare and she'll carry weight over a fence. She might come back here in March for that novice hurdle that comes up before Cheltenham.
"The Grade 1 mares novice hurdle at Fairyhouse would be a possibility as well.
"She was bought from the same trainer in France that had Arvika Ligeonniere - Philippe Peltier.
"She's by Robin Des Champs and we like those." (TW & EM)
If you invested at odds of 4/7 in Midnight Game for the Horse & Jockey Hotel Hurdle you were slightly worried at a stage. It looked though, that Davy Russell was always confident he was going to win, and win the odds-on chance duly did to bring up a double for the champion jockey in race three at Thurles.