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Published: 14:09 | 13/1/18

Getabird soars to Moscow Flyer Hurdle win

Getabird produced a hugely impressive performance to coast to victory in the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.

Sent off an even-money favourite, Willie Mullins' charge always looked in control and surged away from Menghli Khan and stablemate Carter McKay with the home straight in sight to score by nine lengths.

With Patrick Mullins enjoying an armchair ride on the dual bumper winner, Getabird simply galloped away from his challengers to make it seven victories in the last 10 renewals of the Grade Two event for trainer Mullins.

Having crashed out at the second last at Leopardstown over Christmas, Gordon Elliott's Grade One victor Menghli Khan was fancied to get back to winning ways here but he was forced to accept a distant second best here.

"That was great," Patrick Mullins said. "He was quite worked up in the parade ring, which isn't like him, and he jumped off as if he was going to run [away].

"But after he jumped the first he kind of backed off a bit and I was actually going a bit slower than I wanted. I wanted to make it a good test as he's a point-to-point winner and Mengli Khan is a Flat horse.

"I was a bit worried when we turned out of the back that we hadn't gone fast enough, but the gears he's shown from the back of the second-last, he didn't have those when I rode him as a bumper horse.

"That performance was better than I was expecting, to be honest. He jumped fantastic - he was rapid - and I'd say he has lots of options now."

Earlier in the day, Invitation Only confirmed his favouritism to take the the Total Event Rental (Kildare) Novice Chase.

Ridden by David Mullins, the seven-year-old stepped on the gas on the run-in to score by two and a half lengths from Koshari, to make it a one-two for his uncle Willie.

Having made a bad mistake at the second last, The Storyteller had to settle for third place.

"He's got buckets of scope and he's a real galloping jumper," David Mullins said afterwards. "I was very impressed with him. He quickened up off the bend and did everything right and he's one to look forward to.

"I couldn't believe at the third-last where he came from. He was as far out at the other side and he's got it all really."

Image: ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

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