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  • 14:30 Flogas Novice Chase 2m 5f 60y

  • (Grade 1) €85,000 added 5yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner €50,150 2nd €16,150 3rd €7,650 4th €3,400
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 50.30s
  • Off time: 14:31:55

Outlander shines in Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown

Last Updated: 06/02/16 3:22pm

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Outlander wins at Leopardstown

Outlander wins at Leopardstown

Outlander gave Willie Mullins a Grade One hat-trick at Leopardstown when ploughing through the testing conditions to run out a convincing winner of the Flogas Novice Chase.

After striking with Footpad and Bleu Et Rouge in the previous two big races on the card, the Mullins' domination continued as Outlander (13-8 favourite) took his unbeaten record over fences to three.

The winner's stablemate Pont Alexandre set the pace and was still in front turning for home, but by this time Outlander was going much the better in the hands of Bryan Cooper.

The Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding pulled away from the last to score comfortably by two and three-quarter lengths.

Monksland, trained by Noel Meade, stayed on to claim third spot from Pont Alexandre.

Mullins said: "It was a good battle with Pont Alexandre and then Pont just seemed to fold, whereas Outlander just galloped and jumped and that's what he does.

"I'm looking forward now to next month with him at Cheltenham. He's coming on all the time. He stays and jumps which is what you want in a good horse. He could go either way (JLT or RSA), and whatever way the owners want to go I'll be happy.

"I'd imagine they will want to keep them separate (in reference to No More Heroes).

"I thought Mckinley was going to get into it at about the fourth-last, but he just got tired. Pont Alexandre was jumping a bit to the right so I'll see if there is something amiss with him, but he probably wants a longer trip at this stage of his life."

Cooper said: "Outlander did it very well, he jumped fantastic.

"He was doing a little bit too much with me early doors and I had to get him to miss one or two fences, but overall he did it well.

"He got a bit lonely coming to the last but he's another one to look forward to.

"He loved the ground and I genuinely do believe he'll be even better on better ground.

"He showed a bit of pace there today so he can stay over that trip or he can go up, it doesn't really matter.

"We'll leave Willie to decide on his Cheltenham engagement once he comes out of today's race well, that's all that matters."

Outlander was cut to 10/1 second-favourite behind stablemate Killultagh Vic in the betting for the JLT Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

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