Msassa creates good impression on Irish debut

    Willie Mullins looks to have yet another smart hurdler to go to war with following Msassa's ready Wexford success on Saturday.
  • Saturday 17 March 2018
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Willie Mullins looks to have yet another smart hurdler to go to war with following Msassa's ready Wexford success on Saturday.

Fourth at Compiegne on his sole start for Guillaume Macaire, the son of Sholokhov displayed a taking turn of foot to beat long-time leader Park Paddocks in the Pinnacle, Tomcoole, Waters & Kelly's Farmhouse Bakery Maiden Hurdle.

Paul Townend, sporting the Laurina silks, had the four-year-old well positioned throughout and the 1-4 favourite showed a good attitude when the field turned for home, jumping well and sprinting clear of the Gordon Elliott-trained gelding to score by two-and-three-quarter lengths.

Townend said: "It's testing out there, and I'd say you wouldn't want to be going any quicker than that on it.

"He done it well in the end, he probably wants further.

"I thought at the top of the hill that I might be in a bit of bother, but the further I was going the better I was going. He done it well in the end and he jumped well, he had a run in France."

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