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  • 13:05 Navan Novice Hurdle 2m 4f

  • (Grade 1) €70,000 added 4yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €45,500 2nd €13,301 3rd €6,300 4th €2,100
  • Going: Soft to Heavy, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 5m 2.50s
  • Off time: 13:05:31

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Another win for top Irish duo

Last Updated: 18/12/11 4:58pm

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Graham Wylie: Winning owner

Graham Wylie: Winning owner

Boston Bob beat Mount Benbulben in the Navan Novice Hurdle.

The winner jumped to the front two from home and stayed on strongly to land an early double on the card for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh.

Favourite Mount Benbulben tried to make all the running but jumped out to his right throughout which didn't help his cause, although he still held Ipsos Du Berlais for second.

Jetson was readily beaten off and finished last of the four runners.

Mullins said: "We are delighted with him. We worked him about a month to six weeks ago and couldn't believe what he did for a big, old fashioned chasing type.

"We thought if he could reproduce that on the track we would have a racehorse.

"He made the necessary improvement from the last day and jumped a lot better going that bit faster, except for that slight mistake at the first.

"He relished the trip and he'd have no trouble going further.

"He jumps like a chaser and he'll go the staying novice hurdle route. He won't run again until the New Year.

"He'll be entered in both the longer-distance novice hurdles at Cheltenham and he'd have no trouble with either the two-five (Neptune) or the three-miler (Albert Bartlett).

"I'm not sure which way we will go yet."

Mullins also had news on Mikael D'Haguenet, saying: "He will go to Punchestown on New Year's Eve, there is a race for him there."

Paddy Power cut the winner to 12-1 from 16-1 for the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham in March and 16-1 from 20s for the Neptune Investment.

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