Janidil (Mark Walsh, winner, nearside) battles it out with Buildmeupbuttercup (Paul Townend, mainly hidden)
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There was a third J P McManus winner on the day, and a second for Mark Walsh as Janidil justified 3/1 favouritism in the Grade A Download The App BARONERACING.COM Handicap Hurdle.
McManus and Walsh had teamed up earlier to win the Drinmore with the Joseph O’Brien-trained Fakir D’Oudairies.
Meanwhile McManus also landed the Porterstown with the Noel Meade-handled and Sean Flanagan-ridden Killer Miller.
Winning trainer here, Willie Mullins, also saddled the second, fourth and fifth, Buildmeupbuttercup, Ciel De Neige (McManus as well and an eye-catcher) and La Sorelita.
Buildmeupbuttercup couldn’t match Janidil in the jumping stakes and two and a quarter lengths separated them at the line.
“It was a great run for a novice and he’s improving all the time. I hope there is more improvement in him, and the second mare ran a great race. She just has to brush up on her jumping," said Mullins.
“We’ll look forward to Christmas with all of them. He could go into Graded company although I don’t think I would like to be taking on Envoi Allen just yet!
“He’s won two good handicaps now.”
Owing to the low trajectory of the Sun, the Stewards granted permission for hurdle number 5 to be omitted from this race.
(AM & EM)