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Mullins' four-timer includes point-to-point winner Faugheen, who landed bumper on rules debut

Updated: Saturday, 11 May 2013 18:11 | Comments

Willie Mullins has started the new season in the same manner he finished the last one.
Willie Mullins has started the new season in the same manner he finished the last one.

Willie Mullins enjoyed a four-timer at Punchestown, including Felix Yonger's successful transition to chasing with victory in the Punchestown For Events Beginners Chase.

Never far off the lead under Ruby Walsh, the 9-10 favourite took up the running before the last on the back straight and kept up a strong gallop to repel White Star Line by a length and three quarters.

The wining spree commenced when City Slicker gave Walsh something of an armchair ride to land the Dobbins Food Hall Maiden Hurdle in bloodless fashion.

Never far off the pace, the 13-8 favourite cruised upsides on the turn for home and soon stretched clear, and though he hit the last hard, he soon was back on track and came home seven lengths clear of Asitsohappens.

Patrick Mullins was on board for Willie Mullins' second winner, and he barely had to move a muscle as Perfect Gentleman romped to victory in the Kids Go Free Maiden Hurdle.

Always travelling sweetly, the 7-4 favourite had a moment where Mullins had to pull the whip through after the last, but he came away well to beat Golden Wonder by seven and a half lengths.

Patrick was also in the saddle for the last of his father's quartet of winners as Faugheen (11-8) looked a real prospect on his debut under Rules, careering away to beat Josses Hill by 22 lengths in the Racing Again On 29 May INH Flat Race.

Tribes And Banner produced a gutsy display to land the Follow Punchestown On Facebook Handicap Chase.

Well clear on the turn for home under John Cullen, the Charlie Swan-trained 16-1 chance tired close home but the line came in good time, as Far Away So Close was still three lengths down.

David Splaine got Cool Oscar (9-1) up late to land the Tote Sports Lounge Handicap Hurdle, while the Punchestown Handicap Chase went to 13-2 chance Daring Article under Alan Crowe.

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