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  • 17:30 Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle 3m

  • (grade 1) €220,000 added 4yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner:
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 7.00s
  • Off time: 17:34:59

Fab Five Rules The World

By Martin Kelly, PA Sport.   Last Updated: 30/04/09 6:48pm

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Fiveforthree powers clear of his rivals.

Fiveforthree powers clear of his rivals.

Any doubts over Fiveforthree tackling three miles in the Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle were quickly dispelled as the grey steamrollered his way home in the feature race on day three of the Punchestown Festival.

Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh have thus far dominated proceedings in County Kildare, and the championship pair again combined with the 5-4 favourite.

The 2008 Cheltenham Festival winner ran twice at Punchestown last April, and only made his seasonal bow in March this year.

The seven-year-old has quickly made up for lost time, though, and after occupying second place in the Aintree Hurdle, he turned the Grade One stayers' event into a procession.

Walsh sat motionless leaving the run through the country, and moved up to sit on the heels of the leaders turning for home.

The market leader played his cards heading to the final flight and demonstrated he had plenty left in the tank by staying on powerfully to collect by seven lengths.

Mullins said: "The horse has done what I thought he would do.

"He got slightly wound-up before the race, but was relaxed enough during it.

"He will go chasing next year as I don't see any point in staying over hurdles.

"That was only his seventh run over hurdles, though, and he could be anything.

"He had niggling problems earlier in the season which kept him off the track, but they could have been for the better as they gave him time to grow and mature.

"He will probably have one more run this season in the French Champion Hurdle in June as he hasn't had a tough season."

Cashmans trimmed Fiveforthree into 10-1 from 12s for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham next March.

English raiders have dominated the race in recent years, winning four of the five previous renewals, with Nigel Twiston-Davies' Pettifour proving best of the visiting party with his second-place finish.

Twiston-Davies said: "He doesn't like soft ground, so that is probably his best run ever.

"He is getting better and better and has ran really well all season.

"We were thinking about going chasing next season but he is earning so much money in these races that we will have to see about that.

"We will start him off at Wetherby in October, see how he gets on, and then make a decision."

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