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Impulsive Dancer floors stablemate Mercurey at Limerick

Willie Mullins’ Mercurey was beaten by stablemate Impulsive Dancer after starting at 1-4 in the Listed Kevin McManus Bookmaker Champion Flat Race at Limerick.

The former came into the race highly-regarded after a 13-length bumper win in January and led for much of the contest, but he was joined by eventual three-length winner Impulsive Dancer on the final bend.

Blizzard Of Oz (14-1), finished three lengths behind the winner, with Mercurey a short head further back in third.

“He is improving all the time, his work at home has been very good and I don’t think he needs heavy ground either,” Mullins said of the winner.

“It wasn’t a surprise on his final bits of work at home and he is a horse to look forward to mix it on the flat and over hurdles.

Impulsive Dancer
Impulsive Dancer (Alan Magee/PA)

“Both he and Mercurey won their bumpers on heavy ground but the winner is a more mature flat type, whereas Mercurey is probably an immature jump horse.

“I’d imagine Impulsive Dancer will go to Punchestown, possibly for the Champion Bumper, and could continue racing during the summer. I don’t know whether or not I’ll run Mercurey again this season.”

Lifetime Ambition (13-8) was an easy winner of the Grade Three BetVictor Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice Chase for Robbie Power and Jessica Harrington.

The seven-year-old was stepped up markedly in trip for and seemed to appreciate the extra half mile as he strolled to an uncontested four-and-quarter-length victory.

Kate Harrington, assistant trainer to her mother, Jessica, said: “It was nice for him to get his head in front, going up to three miles, and Robert (Power) said he wanted every bit of it.

“He’ll have an entry in the two-mile five-furlong novice handicap and also the three miles Grade One, both at Punchestown.

“Robert said he is a proper English National horse in the making for next year and said he loves that nicer ground.

“We’ll campaign him differently next year, have him ready for the autumn, keep off the ground and have him for a spring campaign.

“For a big horse, he had us confused and we were doing the wrong thing for a little while but we’ll get there some day! Today he was jumping like he did in Down Royal (in October).”

Naas victor Impulsive Dancer joins Mullins team after private sale

Impulsive Dancer has been sold privately out of Richard O’Brien’s Limerick stable and has joined Ireland’s champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins.

The four-year-old gelding has been bought by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede after winning his only start, a bumper at Naas, earlier this month.

“Anthony Bromley bought him on behalf of Simon Munir and Isaac Souede. The horse left this morning,” said O’Brien.

“It’s always mixed emotions when a horse of his calibre leaves the yard, but this is the business we’re in.

“He’s gone to a good home and it will be interesting to see how his career develops.”

Impulsive Dancer created a good impression when comfortably beating Douglas Dc by eight lengths after making all the running in an eight-runner contest over two miles.

“He was quite impressive and it will be very interesting to see where he can get himself to,” said O’Brien.

“He has a bit of an unusual profile with his pedigree and everything like that but it was very taking what he did on debut, so hopefully he can really show that he can build on it.”