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MULLINS CUTS THE MUSTARD.

Byline: NAAS REPORT BY RYAN MCELLIGOTT

THE Willie Mullins-trained Cut The Mustard bagged the featured BBA Ireland Limited Opera Hat Mares Chase at Naas yesterday.

The useful eight-year-old was sent off a 1/3 favourite under Paul Townend for the Listed contest and enjoyed an easy half a dozen lengths triumph over Tintangle.

However, the favourite did survive a scare as Tintangle went to run out at the third and Cut The Mustard then also faltered going into that fence.

Townend's mount quickly got back on an even keel and the rest of the race was uneventful as she ran clear.

"Paul said that his mare went to follow Tintangle and he thought he was lucky to get away with it," said Mullins (right). "She's an improving mare and we'll look to keep her to mares only company going forward."

Mullins and Townend also struck with the odds-on Aione in the auction novice hurdle which seaked the seven year old's place in the final of this series at the Punchestown Festival.

There weren't many Cheltenham clues on offer but Aramax showed he could be a force to be reckoned with next month as he ran out an easy winner of the four-year-old hurdle.

Twelve months ago Band Of Outlaws won this race en route to Fred Winter glory at Cheltenham and this Gordon Elliott inmate might be one to follow suit. He looked a likely winner from the turn into the straight and had plenty to spare in beating stablemate Recent Revelations.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:NAAS REPORT BY RYAN MCELLIGOTT
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2020
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