Prince is too good for Venture
The Stewards refused the change of jockey request & so Patrick will have to wait before he can reach the 73 winners mark
(Healy Racing Photos)
Trained by Willie Mullins the 9yo son of French Glory opened the 2/1 favourite with Paddy Powers this morning but he drifted on track out to 3/1 at the off.
Prominent throughout under a keen hold, he was in front after the third last and he was going best as they entered the straight.
He kicked on in the straight and he asserted on the run-in to score by three and a quarter lengths at the line from the 9/4 joint favourite Venture Capital in second under Brian O’Connell for Philip Fenton.
Emmet Mullins said afterwards: “He was very impressive and he was always going very easy. He travelled and jumped great. He got free for the first time turning in.
"I would imagine Aintree is the plan for him now and hopefully he will get there in one piece."
< Prince De Beauchene was cut to 16/1 (from 25's) for the Grand National by Stan James.
(Additional reporting by Thomas Weekes)
After winning a maiden hurdle yesterday with Anonis, the mother and son combination of Mags and Danny Mullins, along with owner Barry Connell, returned to the winners enclosure this afternoon as they took the Paddy Power Maiden Hurdle with Mumbo Jumbo.