An­nie has the boys af­ter her

Stephen Mullen re­views Day One


Arkle cham­pion when win­ning for Ruby Walsh and Wil­lie Mullins at 1-4. It was Mullins’ se­cond con­sec­u­tive win in the race, fol­low­ing Un De Sceaux’s 2015 vic­tory. Mullins said: “Where do you go next? You’d think about the Cham­pion Chase, of course. He stays as well – and he set­tles. He is a Gold Cup horse.” Walsh said of the win­ner:“He’s a bril­liant work horse and has al­ways shown a great men­tal­ity.He is so clever over a jump,and makes jump­ing fences feel like hur­dles.”


1) Dou­van (Su­san­nah Ricci)Wil­lie Mullins IRE 6-11-04 RubyWalsh 1/4 Fav 2) Siz­ing John (Ann & Alan Potts Part­ner­ship) Henry de Brom­head IRE 6-11-04 Johnny Burke 9/1 3) Fox Nor­ton (B Dunn) Neil Mul­hol­land 6-11-04 Richard John­son 33/1


Un Temps Pour Tout fi­nally got his act to­gether over fences at Chel­tenham to land the Ul­tima Busi­ness So­lu­tions Hand­i­cap Chase by seven lengths. The 11/1 shot was al­ways trav­el­ling well un­der jockey Tom Scu­d­amore and the writ­ing was on the wall a long way from home as both the win­ner and even­tual run­ner-up, Holy­well, were tank­ing while the rest of the field laboured. “That was quite a fin­ish,” said trainer David Pipe.“I thought we were los­ing the bat­tle a bit with Holy­well at one stage. Tom’s given him a great ride. We had a long dis­cus­sion with the own­ers as to which race we would go for – we had been hop­ing to go for the RSA Chase at

one point.”


1) Un Temps Pour Tout (Pro­fes­sor Caro­line Tis­dall & Bryan Drew) David Pipe 7-11-07 Tom Scu­d­amore 11/1 2) Holy­well (Gay Smith) Jonjo O’Neill 911-12 Richie McLer­non 8/1 3) The Young Mas­ter (Da­jam & The Old Masters) Neil Mul­hol­land 7-11-05 Mr Sam Wa­ley Co­hen (3) 14/1 4) Morn­ing As­sem­bly (Clipper Lo­gis­tics Group Ltd) Pat Fahy IRE 9-11-09 Davy Rus­sell 10/1


An­nie Power made amends for her fall at the fi­nal flight in last year’s OLBG Mares’ Hur­dle when run­ning away with the Stan James Cham­pion Hur­dle. The 5/2 favourite made most of the run­ning and saw off her ri­vals one by one with a com­mand­ing per­for­mance, pow­er­ing up the hill to record a four and a half length vic­tory from 10/1 shot My Tent Or Yours. An­nie Power clocked a course record time of 3 mins 45.10 secs. Train­erWil­lie Mullins was also de­lighted as it not only gave him his 43rd Fes­ti­val win­ner, but he also em­u­lated his father

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