Three winners for Mullins

TRAINER Willie Mullins took the honours at last night’s Irish meetings, completing a bumper double at Wexford and also proving successful with Warrens Castle at Navan.

In a slowly run race, Warrens Castle, in the colours of John Brennan, sprinted clear on the approach to the final flight to score an impressive win in the Irish Mirror Hurdle.

The six-year-old good ground specialist was completing a double for former champion Ruby Walsh, successful earlier on Portant Fella in the Nashville Handicap Hurdle.

Trained by Joanna Morgan, who is currently in Wales, Portant Fella was following up a recent win at Sligo, quickening clear to slam top weight Mr. Wong. This winner is now likely to revert to the flat.

Trainer Michael Halford is considering running Berensgarius over fences at Killarney next week following his victory in the Nobber Handicap at Navan.

Another future chaser Colca Canyon followed up his recent bumper win at Ballinrobe when making all the running to win the Meath Chronicle Maiden Hurdle for claiming rider Robert Power and trainer Jessica Harrington.

Meanwhile, Mullins captured both divisions of the County Wexford Publicans Flat Race at Wexford.

Major Burns, a son of promising Sire Aahfaylad, made every yard of the running under James Nash to capture the first division.

And Jamie Codd delayed his challenge until approaching the straight before sending Granny Kelly’s Tart clear to complete the double.

Earlier, Barry Geraghty continued his impressive recent strike rate when guiding odds-on favourite Favourite Son, trained by Edward O’Grady, to victory in the Chadwicks Hurdle.

Meanwhile, across-channel, John Egan repaid an act of faith with a victory on Double Obsession at Ascot.

Irishman Egan attracted criticism in some quarters for the ride he gave Double Obsession in the King George V Stakes at the Royal meeting last month, when he was always to the fore in a fast-run race before fading.

However, Ron Huggins, Double Obsession’s owner, saw enough for Egan to warrant another attempt in the O2 Handicap.

Double Obsession, trained by Mark Johnston, sat patiently behind the leader, Corton, the mount of Keiren Fallon, until edging ahead approaching the final furlong of the mile-and-a-half contest and staying on dourly to prevail by half a length.

Huggins felt Egan had been unfortunate in the way the race unfolded at Royal Ascot, prompting him to attack over three furlongs out.

He said: “We wanted to have him on again as he’s such a sensitive jockey. We had said last time to him to keep him real handy, but they went such a lick that all the others who were fancied were out the back.”

Egan said: I was very happy to ride a winner for Mr Huggins as I rode a winner for him 10 years ago, and had one ride for him since. It was very kind of him to give me another chance after going too soon the last time.”

Fallon had earlier filled the runner-up spot on Tychy behind Mick Channon’s Master Robbie and apprentice Sam Hitchcott in the Rendezvous Casino Rated Stakes.

However, the champion had previously treated racegoers to a virtuoso performance in forcing favourite Hawk Flyer home in front in the three-runner Woodcote Stud Classified Stakes.

At York, Jamie Spencer was in sparkling form with a treble, highlighted by Torosay Spring, who is a 12-1 chance for the Vodafone Stewards’ Cup following a convincing success in the Cuisine De France Summer Stakes.

Spencer, who also won on Talbot Avenue and Rule Of Law, said afterwards: “It has been a good day and I have earned a bit of money for my holiday (he begins a seven-day suspension on Monday)!

Intercontinental returned to winning form in the Listed Prix Amandine at Deauville yesterday.

The Sagitta 1000 Guineas third, ridden by Christophe Soumillon, gained a short-head decision over Derrianne.

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