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VIDEO: Auteuil graded wins for Willie Mullins and Ross O'Sullivan
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VIDEO: Auteuil graded wins for Willie Mullins and Ross O'Sullivan
on 09 June 2018
The Willie Mullins-trained Bapaume won the Grade 2 Prix La Barka before the Ross O'Sullivan-trained Baie Des Iles took the Grade 2 Prix des Drags. Paul Townend rode both horses

IRISH-trained horses won two of the graded events at Auteuil on Saturday evening.

Bapaume carried the famous Ricci colours to a six-length victory in the Grade 2 Prix La Barka, a two-mile, three-and-a-half-furlong contest over hurdles. The Willie Mullins-trained gelding, who returned at odds of 36/5, was ridden by Paul Townend.

Asthuria (sixth), Shaneshill (eighth), Yorkhill (ninth), and Bleu Berry (last of 12) – all stable companions of the winner – finished down the field.

Mullins had been out of luck in the previous event – the Grade 3 Prix Questarabad over the same course and distance – when Stormy Island could finish only third to Master Dino (21/10), beaten a total of four lengths. Danny Mullins was on board.

Stable companion Saglawy was another 12 lengths behind, last of the five runners.

Then it was the turn of the Ross O'Sullivan stable as the talented mare Baie Des Iles, last seen out when coming home 12th in the Grand National at Aintree in April, sprang a 27/1 surprise in the Grade 2 Prix des Drags.

The seven-year-old grey took the two-mile, six-furlong chase by a length and a quarter from 6/5 favourite Bipolaire, and the win gave jockey Paul Townend a big-race double on the card.

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