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  • 12:20 Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle 2m

  • (Grade 1) €79,999 added 4yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner €52,000 2nd €15,200 3rd €7,200 4th €2,400
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 1.70s
  • Off time: 12:21:08

Zaidpour remains perfect

Mullins ace slashed for Festival

Last Updated: 15/12/10 12:58pm

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Mullins: Exciting prospect remains unbeaten

Mullins: Exciting prospect remains unbeaten

Zaidpour was a facile winner of the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novices' Hurdle at Fairyhouse.

Willie Mullins' charge was maintaining his unbeaten record in Ireland and cruised throughout the contest.

He did get in close to the second last but was soon back on the bridle under Paul Townsend and he sauntered clear of his rivals without being asked a serious question, slamming Pineau De Re by 12 lengths.

Sky Bet cut the winner to 5-1 from 10s for both the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and Neptune Investments Manangament Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.

Winning owner Rich Ricci said: "That was great and he was very, very impressive. Wow - that was just awesome.

"Paul said that was easier than when he won his maiden hurdle. That's not taking anything away from the other horses, but Paul said he came on brilliantly and had them all the way.

"We'll see how he comes out of the race. Christmas is close, but we'll see.

"There is also the Slaney Novice Hurdle at Naas at the start of January."

As for his Cheltenham target Ricci added: "He'll be entered in both races and we'll take it from there.

"It looks like he could run in either race, but he was impressive today over two miles, so I would be tempted to go back over two again."

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