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Willie Mullins' Uncle Junior makes successful defence of the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase

Updated: Friday, 16 Nov 2012 17:38 | Comments

Prestbury Park again proved a happy hunting ground for Uncle Junior over the unique obstacles
Prestbury Park again proved a happy hunting ground for Uncle Junior over the unique obstacles

Uncle Junior shrugged off an early jumping mistake to claim back-to-back victories in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham.

Trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by his son Patrick, Uncle Junior was lucky to survive a hairy leap at one of the larger obstacles.

However, he was quickly back on the bridle for Mullins jnr and went in pursuit of leader and favourite Balthazar King.

Uncle Junior at 9/2 was well on top at the last and sprinted clear to win by 11 lengths with Outlaw Pete in third.

Jackie Mullins, wife of trainer Willie, said: "Patrick won here on him last season, he loves it here.

"He's run over in France and ran in the Pardubicka three weeks ago so we're thrilled.

"Willie was wondering whether to run him or wait for the race in December, but he said we'd bring him and it worked.

"I don't know what the difference was between his last race and this, he just loves it here maybe."

Patrick Mullins said of his bad mistake: "I probably made it look worse than it was. "I get a kick out of riding in these races." 

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