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Clonmel

  • 15:15 Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle 2m 6f

  • (Listed) €26,500 added 4yo+ 8 ran
  • Winner €17,225 2nd €5,036 3rd €2,385 4th €795
  • Going: Soft to Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 22.40s
  • Off time: 15:16:46

Bishops leads Mullins one-two

Last Updated: 04/02/11 5:51pm

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Mullins: Saddled one-two in feature

Mullins: Saddled one-two in feature

Late scares for odds-on winner

Willie Mullins trained a one-two in the feature Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle at Clonmel on Thursday.

Bishopsfurze (9-10 favourite) was always travelling easily for Paul Townend and cruised into the lead at the fourth-last.

The race looked over bar the shouting until he gave his rivals some hope when blundering the penultimate obstacle, but he could even afford the luxury of flattening the last as he outclassed the opposition, including stablemate Skorcher.

Despite those errors through lack of concentration, he hosed up by seven lengths to earn consideration for the Cheltenham Festival where he holds entries in three novice hurdles.

Mullins said: "I thought he was gone at the second-last and he was lucky to stand up.

"Paul said he was idling in front. He said he travelled so well he had to go to the front.

"He showed today that he has a real engine.

"I was also delighted with the other horse (Skorcher) and he'll go for something similar with him."

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