MISTER Blue Sky led home a one-two for Willie Mullins in the Grade 2 Fairyhouse Racecourse Supporting Irish Injured Jockeys Association Novice Hurdle.
The champion trainer had saddled five of the last six winners of the two-mile contest and this year fire a three-pronged assault – with Ruby Walsh siding with 15/8 favourite Mister Blue Sky.
Walsh was happy to bide his time for much of the two-mile journey, while David Mullins – standing in for the sidelined Paul Townend – cut out the running aboard Mister Blue Sky’s stablemate Cash Back.
The pair pulled clear on the run to the final flight and while Cash Back did not go down without a fight on the run-in, Walsh was at his brilliant best as he got Mister Blue Sky up to score by three-quarters of a length.
Another Walsh-Mullins favourite goes in at Fairyhouse as Mr Blue Sky beats stablemate Cash Back thanks to a well executed stalking ride— Racing TV (@RacingTV) April 7, 2019
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“It rode a good race. I thought he’d progressed a bit since Naas, and the runner-up has run a blinder as well,” said the winning rider.
“This fella missed most of the winter as he got a setback after Wexford, and Cash Back was a bit slow to come to hand. I’d imagine they will both go to Punchestown.
“David was better at the last than I was, but I was confident I had the measure of him.”
Mister Blue Sky was a second winner on the card for Mullins and Walsh after landing the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle with 6/4 favourite Great White Shark.
Dommage Pour Toi (33-1) scores in the second graded contest at Fairyhouse for the consistent pairing of Rachael Blackmore and Henry de Bromhead— Racing TV (@RacingTV) April 7, 2019
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Dommage Pour Toi caused a 33/1 upset in the other Grade 2 on the card, the two-and-a-half-mile Fairyhouse Easter Festival Novice Hurdle.
The Emmet Mullins-trained Zero Ten was all the rage, as the 5/4 favourite, to notch a fourth successive win, but after travelling well for a long way, he was unable to reel in Henry de Bromhead’s longshot who was partnered by Rachael Blackmore.
De Bromhead said: “I’m delighted for Hugh (Bleahen, owner). He’s been a great supporter of ours and we bought Sizing Europe and Sizing John from him and have had a lot of luck with him over the years.
“He kept this lad after the store sales and has always liked him. He’s developing all the time, and has progressed a lot from each run.
“He’s very tough and it was a brilliant ride from Rachael as usual.
“I’d think we’ll have to go to Punchestown, and we can have a look at the two-and-a-half-mile and the three-mile Grade 1s. We’ll see how he comes out of this race first, and he’ll go chasing next season.”
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