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Felix Yonger wins at Leopardstown
28 Feb 2015 18:06
Aintree in April is an option open to Felix Yonger after he successfully reverted to hurdling at Leopardstown.
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The 4-5 favourite, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh, was not hard pressed to deny outsider Cardinal Palace by two and a quarter lengths in the Ballsbridge Hurdle.
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Mullins said: "It was a nice opportunity for him.
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"I didn't know how ready I had him after missing some time.
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"His rating was good enough to win and he did what he should have done.
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"We'll probably look at Fairyhouse and Punchestown, or we might look at Aintree. We'll keep our options open.
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"It's good to have him back."
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Tom Mullins expressed satisfaction at the well-being of his string after Sir Scorpion (11-1) held off stablemate Princely Conn by half a length in the Racecourse Of The Year Handicap.
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The County Kilkenny handler said: "He had no weight on his back and my horses are well at the moment.
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"He should come on again from that run as it was his first handicap.
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"We'll probably aim him at Fairyhouse and Punchestown."
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Sizing Granite could head to the Merseyside circuit after he vindicated 8-11 favouritism in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Novice Chase.
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Jockey Johnny Burke said: "He jumped great. He got a lovely lead and has a lovely way of racing, very relaxed.
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"Every time you give him a smack there is plenty there.
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"He went up in trip last year and it didn't work out so I'd say he's fine at that trip at the moment.
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"He has options at Aintree and I'll look forward to that."
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Tom Mullins further illustrated the vitality of his yard when Charbel (7-1) struck on his racecourse debut in the concluding bumper.
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She's Got Grit earlier emerged an appropriately-named winner of the Mercury Engineering Handicap Chase, in which the 13-2 chance fended off Fever Pitch by a length and a quarter.
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A stewards' inquiry was later called, but the placings remained unaltered.
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Victorious jockey Adrian Heskin said: "She's a hardy mare and there are plenty of races for her during the spring."
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