Saldier defied top-weight to give Willie Mullins a huge double by winning the Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap.

Just 24 hours on from winning the Galway Plate with Royal Rendezvous, Mullins saddled his third winner of the Galway Hurdle in just four years.

It was also a third win in the race for Patrick Mullins - an outstanding achievement for an amateur jockey.

Saldier, a Grade One winner back in November 2019, is still only seven but his career has been blighted by a succession of injuries.

Mullins nursed him back to health to win on the Flat in June and he then ran a good race at Royal Ascot to finish fifth in the Copper Horse Stakes.

Back over timber and fitted with cheekpieces for the first time, the Rich Ricci-owned gelding did not look to be travelling as well as some into the straight with Neil Mulholland's Milkwood going as well as any and Cape Gentleman hitting the front at the last.

But Saldier really quickened up at a vital stage and got first run on Milkwood, meaning Mullins could grab the rail and the 18-1 shot went on to win by two lengths. Milkwood was second with 6-1 favourite Cape Gentleman third.

"It really is (special). I never thought I'd get the ride in the race, let alone win it as an amateur at my weight," the winning jockey told RTÉ Sport after the race.

Mullins senior added of his son: "It's extraordinary for an amateur to do that, three Galway Hurdles. He's giving out that he's not able to win a Connacht Hotel qualified riders race on the Monday night but I don't think anyone would swap three Galway Hurdles. (I'm) very proud. He thinks it all out himself. I never have to give him instruction."

Mullins had earlier been on the mark with Farout (3-1) in the Guinness Novice Hurdle and Fan De Blues in the Grade Three Rockshore Novice Chase.

John McConnell's Albert Bartlett third Streets Of Doyen made a winning debut over fences in the Guinness Open Gate Brewery Beginners Chase.

While he failed to repeat his Cheltenham form at Aintree or Punchestown, he was sent off at 7-2 in a strong field.

Simon Torrens shot up the inside of Paul Townend on Blue Berry turning into the straight, but his mount idled close home and just held off Western Run by a neck.

"The gap just presented itself and I thought why not go the shorter route," said Torrens.

"I came across to the stands rail for a bit of a running rail. Halfway up the hill he spotted the crowd and he idled plenty.

"He wore cheekpieces over hurdles and I'd say it won't be too long before he gets them put on again.

"He's a classy horse, he went to Cheltenham and was third in the Albert Bartlett. He's been consistent all year and deserved to get his head in front."