Sizing Gold and Sizing Tennessee both scored under Andrew Lynch at Navan
Last Updated: 15/12/13 4:28pm
Andrew Lynch: Rode a double at Navan
Briar Hill's win in the Navan Novices' Hurdle was only one leg of a Navan treble for perenially in-form trainer Willie Mullins.
Mullins had earlier struck with Sizing Tennessee as the 9/4 favourite made a winning debut over obstacles in the Irish Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle.
The five-year-old pulled three and three-quarter lengths clear of market rival Rock The World to score cosily under Andrew Lynch.
"I couldn't get him fit and I feel he'll improve quite a bit. He came in very strong from grass," said the trainer.
"He's a natural jumper being by Robin Des Champs. He disappointed at Cheltenham last year (in the Champion Bumper) but he might be back on track now.
"He's starting to show what he shows me in his homework. He's a horse that could easily go up in trip."
The treble was sealed in the Grade Two 'Future Champions' INH Flat Race by Royal Caviar, ridden by his son Patrick, though the 1/4 shot had to survive a stewards' inquiry after his hard-fought success over Fine Rightly.
Eventually Patrick Mullins was handed a five-day ban for careless riding after the stewards took a long look at an incident where the runner-up was snatched up in the closing stages.
Lynch completed a double in the Alan and Ann Potts colours when partnering Sizing Gold to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase.
The 9/10 chance, trained by Henry De Bromhead, made a promising debut over fences as he accounted for Mullaghanoe River by four lengths.
"I've always liked him. His form is good when you look at the horses he has beat and the horses that beat him," said De Bromhead.
"He'll maybe have one more run after Christmas and then we'll look at the spring. There is a three-mile race in Naas and a two-mile-five in Leopardstown in January.
"He was deadly there and this is his game. I couldn't have been anymore pleased with him."