Mullins can’t Miss at Clonmel

More news from Clonmel where Willie Mullins completed a treble when Miss Me Now won the final race.

Willie Mullins saddled a treble at Clonmel

Miss Me Now (100-30) was a fortunate winner as she capitalised on the fall of Vigil to take the Clonmel Oil Slan Abhaile Hurdle, completing a treble for Willie Mullins.

The six-year-old was only third coming to the last but when the 4/7 shot came down, Miss Me Now found more to head Sanibel Island on the run-in and score by three and a quarter lengths.

"He (Walsh) timed it very well but he might have been a bit fortunate," said Mullins, who had earlier saddled Alechi Inois and Westerner Lady to a big-race double.

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"She picked up really well but who knows what would have happened if Vigil hadn't fallen.

"It was a nice surprise and we'll have to find a winners' of two next – it's a big improvement from anything she has shown so far – we gave her a break and obviously it suited her."

The last time Davy Russell visited Clonmel he was hit with a 17-day suspension so he was very happy to ride a double on this occasion.

He was on Gordon Elliott's 4/1 favourite Veinard in the Clonmel Oil Race Day Handicap Hurdle and Charles Byrnes' Sea Light (5/2 favourite) in the Clonmel Oil Service Station Handicap Hurdle.

"I've missed a good few winners unfortunately, but if you do the crime you have to do the time and we'll put those things behind us now and try to make up for it," said Russell.

Arguably the finish of the day saw Hard Bought beat Bellgrove by a head in the Prior Park Service Station Clonmel Handicap Chase.

A mistake at the last threatened to cost the 6/4 favourite, who was all out at the line.

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