Mullins has rivals in a Spin

With the jumps season about to hit top gear, Willie Mullins warmed up for it by plundering a big pot on the Flat with Laws Of Spin in the Tote Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh on Sunday.

Laws Of Spin ridden by Chris Hayes (right)

The improving three-year-old was completing a hat-trick following wins at Ballinrobe and Leopardstown, finishing with a storming late run to win by a length-and-a-quarter from Joseph O'Brien's Cradle Mountain.

Laws Of Spin went off a well-supported 13/2 chance and Chris Hayes delivered him with a thundering late charge to seal the €59,000 winners' prize to the delight of backers.

Cradle Mountain finished well himself for second, with Swamp Fox third, Artful Artist fourth and Jennies Jewel fifth.

Mullins struck gold with Digeanta in 2015 and Laws Of Spin was the last runner to make the cut as he tried to extend the Closutton handler's winning run in the two-mile heat.

Mullins' son Patrick admitted the race had been on the radar for Laws Of Spin from an early point of the season.

He said: "That was the plan – it has been the plan all season and it was great to get him in off such a low weight.

"He's very tough. It looked like he got headed a furlong out but he pulled it out again.

"It was a perfect ride from Chris. We told him to keep it simple. He's riding very well so we left it to him to do the rest of the gameplan.

"He stays very well and might jump a hurdle, but today was the plan and we haven't thought beyond this. We'll talk to the owner now.

"It's fantastic to win such a good race."

*Laws Of Spin was tipped up as the headline selection in our Irish Eyes column

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