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Willie Mullins breaks own 100-winners record at Fairyhouse

Updated: Saturday, 14 Dec 2013 16:49 | Comments

Willie Mullins with stable star Hurricane Fly
Willie Mullins with stable star Hurricane Fly

A treble at Fairyhouse saw Willie Mullins break his own record and send out the fastest century of winners by a trainer in an Irish jumps season.

Mullins achieved the feat on 16 December last year, and raised the bar again in clocking up his 100th victory two days earlier.

Mozoltov sealed the record and earned a 20-1 quote for the Arkle with Paddy Power in the process as he lifted the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Beginners Chase.

Last seen when beating subsequent Drinmore Chase winner Don Cossack at Punchestown back in February, Mozoltov was far from hard pushed in the hands of Davy Russell.

Prominent throughout, the 1-2 favourite was spring-heeled at the last to come home a cosy winner over Mallowney with pace-setting Mount Colah back in third.

Mullins was delighted to hit the landmark win once again - but was also keen to pay tribute to his team.

He said: "I've good clients and they're a fantastic pleasure to train for. I know I'm very lucky and I have to take my hat off to the team at home who are behind everything."

Of Mozoltov, he said: "His form was good all the way through over hurdles and today he looked a good solid jumper and learned as he went along.

"We wouldn't be afraid to go up in class with him, he can go up in trip and I think he'll handle any ground."

Abbyssial had kicked off the treble with victory in the opening Racegoer's 25 Package 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle.

Sent off the 11-10 favourite, Abbyssial made every yard in the hands of Paul Townend, staying on well to see off Power Hound by seven and a half lengths.

Upazo triumphed by a comfortable 10 lengths under Townend in the Irish Racing Yearbook Rated Hurdle.

Townend also struck on a non-Mullins-trained runner to bring up his treble as Francis Flood's Miss Xian registered a cheeky triumph in the New Years Day 2014 At Fairyhouse Handicap Hurdle.

Zigger Zagger (6-1) obliged for Noel Meade and Nina Carberry in the Merry Christmas From Fairyhouse Flat Race, while My Murphy (4-1) produced a battling win in the New Value Hospitality Packages At Fairyhouse Beginners Chase.

The 11-year-old Luke's Benefit defied his advancing years when prevailing by a short head in the Fairyhouse Membership 2014 Handicap Hurdle.

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