Ivan Grozny wins Istabraq

Ivan Grozny landed the odds with a comfortable all-the-way success in the Istabraq Hurdle at Tipperary .

Ivan Grozny ran out a comfortable winner

The six-year-old was never seriously challenged as he had all his only way up front under a positive ride from Ruby Walsh.

The 2-5 shot, trained by Willie Mullins, was never out of cruise control as he sauntered home by four and three-quarter lengths from Bentelimar.

The Nicky Henderson-trained Hargam did not threaten and was a well-beaten third on his first start for 201 days.

Walsh said: "He just ran away with me and kept going. He was a bit fresher today and hasn't run in a while.

"The ground gets softer and it gets harder as you're trying to go slower, but he jumped super and had enough in the tank to keep going."

Mullins and Walsh completed a quick double when Penhill (evens favourite) won the Joe Mac Hurdle.

There were just five runners but Bel Sas and Bitview Colin both came down. Timiyan was soon left trailing as Penhill kicked on before the second-last.

Balzac Turgot kept on gamely but was four and a half lengths down at the line.

Walsh said: "He is a fair horse but doesn't jump the EasyFix hurdles quite as well as he does the timber hurdles. He was quite deliberate over the first two but got better as he went on.

"It's as soft as he (Mullins) has run him on but the same as Listowel, he's gone and won on it so you can't really stop can you.

"Other than Killarney (when he burst a blood vessel) he has done everything right. He never did it before or since and we've no idea why he did it.

"He keeps improving though and I imagine he'll keep going until he tells us otherwise."

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