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Cheltenham

  • 17:15 Weatherbys Champion Bumper 2m 110y

  • (Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1) £60,000 added 4-6yo 23 ran
  • Winner £34,170 2nd £12,822 3rd £6,420 4th £3,198
  • Going: Good to Soft, Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 3m 55.00s
  • Off time: 17:15:56

Mullins and Walsh land Bumper courtesy of 25/1 Briar Hill

Last Updated: 13/03/13 5:45pm

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Walsh and Mullins combined for another victory in the Bumper

Walsh and Mullins combined for another victory in the Bumper

Briar Hill (25/1) gave Willie Mullins his eighth win in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper with a taking success.

Sent off at 25/1 despite being ridden by Ruby Walsh, the five-year-old was off the bridle earlier than some but moved into the lead under a sweeping move turning for home, from which point he never looked likely to be beaten.

Regal Encore (7/1jf) ran on well under AP McCoy to take second ahead of Golantilla (9/1), the latter having caught the eye travelling powerfully at the top of the hill before weakening late on.

The Liquidator flew home for a never-nearer fourth, just failing to snatch third from Tony Martin's horse.

Mullins said: "We did know he had a little bit of ability.

"We were only here to see how good he was, so it was a huge surprise to see how well he did it.

"I think the hill, and probably the better ground, did it for him."

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