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  • 13:05 Limestone Lad Hurdle 2m 3f

  • (Grade 3) €27,500 added 5yo+ 4 ran
  • Winner €17,875 2nd €5,225 3rd €2,474 4th €826
  • Going: Soft to Heavy (Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 51.00s
  • Off time: 13:05:24

Hat-trick for Haguenet

Jockey motionless as partnership ease to victory

Last Updated: 21/01/12 1:43pm

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Mikael D'Haguenet: Completed his hat-trick

Mikael D'Haguenet: Completed his hat-trick

Mikael D'Haguenet completed his hat-trick in the Limestone Lad Hurdle with the minimum of fuss.

Willie Mullins' eight year old was long-odds on to win the two mile and three furlong grade three contest and barely had to break sweat to land his third race of the season.

Mullins is successfully rebuilding the confidence of the 2009 Cheltenham Festival winner, who endured a miserable first season over fences last term.

Settled towards the rear of the four runner field by Paul Townend, the dual Grade One winner eased to the front approaching the final flight and eased clear of his toiling rivals with Townend applying any pressure.

Options Open

The winner has entries in both the Champion and World Hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival in March as well as next weekend's Irish Champion Hurdle and it will be interesting to see which route Mullins takes as useful yardsticks Rick and Luska Lad were seven lengths and more behind.

Mullins and Townend also took the opening INH Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle with Marasonnien (4-7 favourite).

Mullins said of Mikael D'Haguenet: "He's getting his confidence back, and the conditions of the race suited him well.

"He's in the Champion Hurdle and the Stayers' (World) Hurdle and there's not a lot for him between now and then."

He added of Marasonnien: "I think he wants a longer trip, and two and a half miles or two and three-quarters will be no trouble to him.

"I'd imagine he'll get an entry in the Neptune and the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham, and I don't know if he'd run again between now and then."

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