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Scoir Mear leads home McManus one-two-three in Leinster National

Scoir Mear led home a one-two-three for JP McManus in the Baroneracing.com Leinster National at Naas.

The leading owner fielded six of the 14 runners in the €80,000 feature and was ultimately well rewarded.

The Tom Mullins-trained Scoir Mear was a 17-2 chance in the hands of 5lb claimer Simon Torrens and dug deep after the final fence to see off 7-2 favourite Ten Ten by two lengths. Fitzhenry rounded off the McManus trifecta in third.

Mullins, who also saddled the fifth home Chavi Artist, said of the winner: “He’s been consistent all year. He’s a horse that needs a bit of light and I said to Simon to go wide and keep him happy. He said he loved it and jumped from fence to fence.

“We’ll see what JP and Frank (Berry, owner’s racing manager) want to do – maybe he could go for the Irish National. I’m happy enough with today anyway.”

He added: “Chavi Artist was jumping so high at some of them that he couldn’t finish out. He went really high at the fourth-last and went down on his nose.

“I felt that was the end of him, but he came back into the race so he must have run a cracker.

“I’ll have to teach him to stay out of the clouds!”

Bridgwater has Cheltenham in mind for Barnaviddaun

Barnaviddaun, who won the Brown Lad Handicap Hurdle for Tom Mullins recently, has joined David Bridgwater.

The seven-year-old had previously gone close in the EBF Auction Final at Punchestown, saved from that course’s big spring festival.

His new trainer is hoping the Cheltenham Festival beckons in March before a novice-chase campaign next season.

“He won a nice race last time out, and I’m hoping he might end up in either the Coral Cup or the Pertemps Final,” said Bridgwater.

“To be honest, we’ve never been a handicap hurdle yard – we’re known for novice chasers really – so to have a horse like him who might end up at Cheltenham is fantastic.

“I’m not thinking we’re going to go and win it or improve him off Tom Mullins or anything daft, but it would be nice to get him to Cheltenham.

“The reason we bought him is because I want him as a three-mile chaser for next year, that’s what we’re after. We’ll look after him until then really.

“We’ve bought him for an existing owner in the yard. We can’t afford to go and buy these pointers that fetch stupid money – I’d rather go down the route of those who have already shown some form.”

Jack Foley savours Punchestown double

Jack Foley had only ridden one winner on his arrival at Punchestown on Sunday, but he left on a high after partnering a double with Chavi Artist and Grand Partner for Tom Mullins.

A former showjumper and amateur jockey, Foley, 21, was seen to great effect on Chavi Artist (7-1) in Ryans Cleaning Handicap Chase, getting some great leaps out of his mount to win by four lengths.

“I’m with Tom full-time and only had two rides as a professional before today,” said Foley, who had a winner as an amateur last month.

Mullins said: “Jack was with me five years ago as an apprentice and rode Fosters Cross at Dundalk. He’s come back to me this summer and is a different man altogether now.

“He said he’d do anything to have a crack at being a jockey. He’s put in a lot of work, I’ve given him his opportunity and it’s working out.”

Of Chavi Artist, Mullins added: “He was threatening to win one on his last few runs. Discordantly got away on him in Galway and he would have been a good bit closer only for that. He was first reserve in the Troytown last week, but didn’t get in.

“He’s such a fresh horse he might take his chance in the Porterstown in Fairyhouse. Hopefully we’ll have the same rider, if he can do the weight.”

Grand Partner came with a late rattle to win the Guinness Handicap Hurdle at 33-1.

Mullins said: “It was a lovely race for him and even though it was right-handed, I let him take his chance. Most of his wins were at Leopardstown or left-handed tracks.

“It’s a bit of a surprise, but he’s been working well since his last run. He’s come down in the weights and Jack was good on him.”

Willie Mullins, Tom’s brother, dominated the Listed Frontline Security Grabel Mares Hurdle with only a pixel separating Buildmeupbuttercup (3-1) and stablemate Elimay.

Mullins said: “Fitness probably just won it on the day. Paul (Townend on the winner) had to go when he did, but he’d prefer to wait longer. She stuck her head out on the line.

“It’s good to know she can stay that sort of trip on this ground. She’s had a busy season and I’ll have to have a think about where she goes next. I don’t want to run her again soon.

“Elimay will mix it over fences and hurdles. It was hard to take it up so far out having her first run of the season, but she was very unlucky.”