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  • 14:55 Ballymore Champion Four Year Old Hurdle 2m

  • (grade 1) €143,000 added 4yo 8 ran
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  • Going: Soft to Heavy (Hurdles Course: Soft)
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 3m 56.60s
  • Off time: 14:55:10

Jumbo Proves Just Champion

Last Updated: 02/05/09 3:41pm

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Jumbo Rio is left clear at the last.

Jumbo Rio is left clear at the last.

The well-backed Jumbo Rio got the better of Mourad in the Ballymore Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown.

The Willie Mullins-trained Mourad was sent off the 11-10 favourite following his third in the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.

But Edward O'Grady's Jumbo Rio was in a better position to capitalise after long-time leader Tharawaat took a tired fall at the last.

Andrew McNamara produced the 5-2 winner at the right time and held on by four lengths from the fast-finishing runner-up.

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