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VIDEO: A Berry good win for Walsh and Mullins in Coral Cup
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VIDEO: A Berry good win for Walsh and Mullins in Coral Cup
on 14 March 2018
Mark Walsh was a late replacement on the Willie Mullins-trained Bleu Berry and he produced his mount perfectly to beat Topofthegame in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham

BLEU Berry became Willie Mullins' fourth winner at the 2018 Festival when landing the Coral Cup, under Mark Walsh.

Mullins' number one rider, Ruby Walsh, suffered a fall on the Mullins-trained Al Boum Photo in the RSA Insurance Novices' Chase and it looks as though he has broken his leg again. The trainer said: "Ruby has gone to hospital for X-rays, and it looks like the same injury again. It is very disappointing for Ruby and everyone else. It's the same leg in the same place - he is very sore at this point."

The 20-1 winner, Bleu Berry, was supposed to be ridden by Paul Townend, but he switched to Max Dynamite following Ruby Walsh's injury and Mark Walsh was called up for Bleu Berry (20/1).

Walsh came from the rear of the field to deny Sam Twiston-Davies on the giant Topofthegame (9/1)in the final few strides to win by a neck.

Gordon Elliott's Barra (16/1) was another who made late headway to claim third, while William Henry, sent off the 8-1 joint-favourite along with Max Dynamite, was fourth in the hands of teenager James Bowen.

LUCKY LUKE

Mullins said of Bleu Berry, who is owned by Luke McMahon: "He's another winner for Lucky Luke, who won the Grade 1 at Christmas [with Whisky Sour] when everything else fell or ran out. This was the plan for this horse, a big handicap, if we could get him right.

"Paul switched to Max Dynamite, and when I heard Mark was available I snapped him up. That's Mark's first Festival winner - he said the horse travelled well all the way and when a horse does that the gaps open up. He had a dream run and the horse stayed on up the hill."

Successful owner Luke McMahon said: "Fair play to Mark Walsh, he gave him a brilliant ride. We've always liked him [Bleu Berry] but he just had a few interruptions at the start of the season. It's fantastic."

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