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Cash Back floors stablemate Classic Getaway at Clonmel

Classic Getaway was upstaged by stable companion Cash Back in the Munster Hurdle at Clonmel.

A runaway winner on his only start in the point-to-point field, Classic Getaway was snapped up for £570,000 by bloodstock agent Tom Malone and trainer Gordon Elliott on behalf of Cheveley Park Stud.

After leaving Elliott to join Willie Mullins, the six-year-old made a successful debut under rules with a 15-length verdict in a Tipperary bumper last May and was the 5-6 favourite on his return to action.

Partnered by Paul Townend, Classic Getaway tracked the Danny Mullins-ridden Cash Back (8-1) during the early stages before taking over with a circuit to run.

The market leader looked to be in command in front rounding the home turn, but his stablemate was back alongside after jumping the second flight from home and was six lengths clear at the line.

The winning rider said: “He was a 140-rated hurdler going into this so I was a bit surprised he was discounted in the betting and thought he’d have a good chance.

“He had a nice comeback run in Cork and it is nice to see him in the winner’s enclosure again.

“It was getting tactical going down the hill the final time and I was going well and nobody else was going to get involved. I wouldn’t discount the second horse (Classic Getaway) yet as it was still a very good run for a horse first time over hurdles. He’ll improve plenty from that as well.”

He added: “Cash Back has always had the engine, was placed in a Grade One novice chase and had his jumping issues but that was a confidence booster today.”

Closutton trainer Mullins was completing a double on the card following the taking earlier success of the JP McManus-owned Dinoblue in the Kilsheelan Mares Maiden Hurdle.

The previously-unraced daughter of Doctor Dino could hardly have been more impressive in scoring by 15 lengths in the hands of Mark Walsh as the even-money favourite.

Mullins also saddled the second and third home in La Prima Donna and Mi Lighthouse respectively.

“She is a lovely mare and did it very easily,” Walsh said.

“She was very good and going by the stands Jack Foley’s horse (Glenbeg Express) was hanging out and my one wanted to go on.

“She wasn’t keen, but she has a long stride and glided along the ground on the back straight. She jumped brilliant and was very professional the whole way.

“The ability is there definitely and I couldn’t fault her on anything to be honest.”

Classic Getaway makes hurdles bow at Clonmel

Expensive purchase Classic Getaway makes his eagerly-awaited debut over jumps in the Munster Hurdle at Clonmel on Thursday.

The six-year-old, a £570,000 purchase by Cheveley Park Stud, is pitched against four rivals who have all had experience over hurdles.

He has had the one outing so far for trainer Willie Mullins, winning an 11-runner bumper at Tipperary by 15 lengths last May.

“It’s quite a positive entry and I think Willie’s very happy with him and we’ll see where we go from there,” said Cheveley Park’s managing director Chris Richardson.

“I believe he’s been schooling well and Willie is happy with him at this point.

“It’s an interesting race with interesting entries, but Willie’s horses have been running promisingly first time out and they seem to be fit. We’ll see what happens.”

Mullins is also responsible for Cash Back, who is at the other end of the career spectrum at the age of 10.

A hurdles winner in March 2019, Cash Back was second in the Grade One Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown in February 2020 and reverts to the smaller obstacles after finishing fourth to stablemate Energumene in the Hilly Way Chase at Cork last month.

Gordon Elliott’s Rodaniche, Joseph O’Brien’s Uhtred and the Liam Burke-trained Gordon Dai Dai make up the quintet.

While Classic Getaway is set to reappear, Cheveley Park’s Grangeclare West, also housed at the Mullins stable, is out for the season after suffering a pelvis injury.

“Unfortunately he’s had a stress fracture to the pelvis which is not life threatening or overly-serious, but obviously it’s pushed him and his season back until well after Cheltenham. He’ll be out for the season, I’m afraid.”

Grangeclare West, who cost £430,000, won a Punchestown bumper on his rules debut in May.

Grand National on the agenda for Mount Ida after Clonmel return

Mount Ida is to be aimed at the Randox Grand National following a winning reappearance in the T.A. Morris Memorial Irish EBF Mares Chase at Clonmel.

Trained by Gordon Elliott, the seven-year-old was one of the more remarkable Cheltenham Festival winners in recent years when coming out on top in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup in March.

In danger of being tailed off in the early stages and jumping markedly out to her right, costing her more ground, Jack Kennedy eventually worked his way into the race and she went on to win easily.

There were no such dramas on this occasion for Davy Russell. Sent off the 6-5 favourite, Mount Ida cruised round and after taking up the running fully half a mile out, the only moment of worry coming with an awkward jump at the last.

But there was enough left in the tank to enable her to come home six and a half lengths clear of Scarlet And Dove.

“She did it really well and Davy is delighted with her. It is obviously her first appearance this season, but you couldn’t be happier and the main aim is the Grand National,” said Elliott’s assistant, Lisa O’Neill.

“She got a bit of a fright in the Kim Muir early on, but showed the talent she had with the way she won so decisively in the end.

“It was a nice performance today and great for the KTDA Syndicate who are fantastic people to have in the yard and have some great ammunition for the winter.”

Paddy Power make Mount Ida 10-1 from 12-1 for the Mares’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Bachasson leads home Clonmel Oil one-two for Mullins

Bachasson ran the opposition into the ground to give trainer Willie Mullins a sixth success in eight years in the Clonmel Oil Chase at the County Tipperary track.

The grey – having his first race since scoring over the course and distance just before the lockdown in March – proved too good for his shorter-priced stablemate Cilaos Emery.

David Mullins set out to dictate affairs from flag-fall on Bachasson, with Cilaos Emery keeping in touch under Paul Townend.

Although both horses made the odd mistake, it was Cilaos Emery who made a crucial one at the third-last.

The 8-11 favourite could not bridge the gap after that and Bachasson (9-4) kept up the gallop to win by five and a half lengths. Snow Falcon was 26 lengths away in third place.

Mullins said: “He was very brave and David had lots of confidence in him – I thought he had gone too far out, but I think he had more confidence in the horse than I had.

“Paul thought Cilaos Emery needed the race and I’m happy with both nice horses.”

He went on: “After Bachasson got a fall in Cheltenham I wasn’t keen to go back over fences with him, but around these country tracks he is fine. He seems to enjoy doing that.

“I didn’t look beyond today and we wanted to come down here and see where we were with them, although Cilaos Emery could now go for the Hilly Way at Cork.”

Betway gave the Mullins pair 25-1 quotes for the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham.

Mark Walsh on his way to weighing-in after success on Shattered Love
Mark Walsh on his way to weighing-in after success on Shattered Love (Thomas Weekes/PA)

Shattered Love took her 100 per cent record at Clonmel to three when repeating last year’s victory in the T. A. Morris Memorial Irish EBF Mares Chase.

Gordon Elliott’s charge tracked the pace-setting Cabaret Queen until leading two out and quickly put daylight between herself and her three rivals.

The 11-8 favourite crossed the line 10 lengths clear in the hands of Mark Walsh. Cabaret Queen just hung on by a nose from Western Victory for the runner-up spot.

“She loves it around here, it was her third win from her third run and she seems to be a lot better in her own grade against other mares,” said Walsh.

Trainer Gordon Elliott
Trainer Gordon Elliott (PA)

“She has won two Grade Ones as a novice but finds it easier against her own sex. 

“I’m delighted with how she did it and jumped brilliantly bar the last when we had a little mix up, but she was good.”

Shattered Love was cut 14-1 from 20-1 for the Mares’ Chase at Cheltenham with Coral and to 10-1 with Betfair and Paddy Power.

Elliott had earlier saddled Sassy Yet Classy to win the Clonmel Oil Service Station Handicap Hurdle in the hands of Denis O’Regan.

Cilaos Emery back in action in Clonmel Chase

Cilaos Emery tries two and a half miles for the first time as the Willie Mullins-trained gelding makes his seasonal debut in the Clonmel Oil Chase at the County Tipperary course on Thursday.

The eight-year-old was fourth on his only previous attempt at the trip in the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle in 2017 behind Apples Jade, but has stuck to around two miles under both since codes since then.

Cilaos Emery fell on his last race over fences at Leopardstown in February, after which connections put him back over the smaller obstacles. Following success in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran, Cilaos Emery was supplemented for the Champion Hurdle, finishing fourth to Epatante.

“When he fell on his prep run for the Champion Chase, owner Luke McMahon took the decision that the Champion Hurdle looked wide open and chanced that,” said Patrick Mullins, assistant to his father.

“I think they got their money back for finishing fourth, but we are keen to go back over fences again.

“Ruby (Walsh) felt going up to two and a half miles might help him. He had been a very keen horse in his younger days, but he seems to settle much better now so we’re hoping that two and a half won’t pose any problem.

“We’re expecting a big run.”

Bachasson accompanies stablemate Cilaos Emery in the Clonmel Oil Chase
Bachasson accompanies stablemate Cilaos Emery in the Clonmel Oil Chase (Pat Healy/PA)

The Closutton yard is also represented by Bachasson in a bid to win the race for a sixth time since 2013.

Mullins junior said: “He was in great form last season. He won on the last day before lockdown in Clonmel.

“I rode him in the Coral Cup where he ran a very good race. We dropped out in a pace which was slow. He finished sixth, but he could have finished closer on a different day.

“He’s a high-class horse as well so it would be no surprise if he caused an upset.”

Kemboy, who won this race in 2018, was withdrawn at the 48-hour final declaration stage.

The three-time Grade One winner could reappear later this month ahead of his main early-season objective, the Savills Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.

“All is well with him. There are a few other races coming up in the next fortnight he could go for, but all is good with him. Willie has a few different races in mind,” said Mullins.

“We’ll aim everything at Christmas, but it would be great to get a run in beforehand.”

Of the four horses that take on the Mullins pair, Gordon Elliot’s Alpha Des Obeaux and the Joseph O’Brien-trained Mortal are owned by Gigginstown House Stud. Noel Meade’s Snow Falcon and Henry de Bromhead’s Paloma Blue complete the sextet.

Shattered Love goes for back-to-back victories in the T.A. Morris Memorial Irish EBF Mares Chase
Shattered Love goes for back-to-back victories in the T.A. Morris Memorial Irish EBF Mares Chase (Tim Goode/PA)

Elliott’s Shattered Love, wearing the Gigginstown colours, attempts to repeat last year’s victory in the T.A. Morris Memorial Irish EBF Mares Chase.

The five runners include Jessica Harrington’s Magic Of Light, runner-up in the 2019 Randox Health Grand National.

The Mullins stable is represented by Cabaret Queen, fresh from her last-gasp victory in the Kerry National at Listowel.

“She’s been in great form since her win at Listowel,” said Mullins.

“Obviously on ratings she needs to improve a little bit again, but it’s a very competitive race. Hopefully she has the advantage of being hard fit on her side. Maybe that will bring things in her favour.”