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Navan

  • 12:35 Tara Hurdle 2m 4f

  • (Grade 2) €37,500 added 4yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €24,375 2nd €7,125 3rd €3,374 4th €1,125
  • Going: Soft to Heavy, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 3.60s
  • Off time: 12:37:08

Easy win for Zaidpour

Mullins ace wins again

Last Updated: 18/12/11 1:25pm

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Walsh: First race winner at Navan

Walsh: First race winner at Navan

Zaidpour made mincemeat of three rivals in the Tara Hurdle at Navan.

Willie Mullins' star was always trravelling well for Ruby Walsh and jumped to the front two from home.

Once Walsh shaked the reigns at the 1/3 favourite he quickened nicely and was well in charge at the line.

John Carr's Benash finished second, some 10 lengths adrift at the line, with Prima Vista and Powerstation both well-held further back.

Walsh told At The Races: "He did it well.

"He had a run under his belt compared to Prima Vista and Powerstation isn't getting any younger.

"His jumping was really slick and it was the last day to be fair, it's the ground that's important to him, he'd want it softer than that ideally.

"He doesn't lack stamina, he has a bit of boot and it looks like he's heading back up to Grade One level, but he'd need soft ground."

Several bookmakers cut the winner from 33-1 to 25-1 for the Champion Hurdle.

Mullins said: "That was a good performance. He is starting to do what I thought he'd do last year.

"He's doing a lot of work on the sand and that seems to be paying off.

"He's holding his action better. The most important thing for him is to be able to keep his action, he lost it last year.

"I doubt that he'll run at Christmas. We'll find something for him over two and a half miles in the New Year.

"He'd have no problem going back in trip either as he is well up to speed."

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