Tornado Flyer led home a one-two-three for Willie Mullins in the Racing Post Champion I.N.H. Flat Race at Punchestown.
The champion trainer fielded four of the 10 runners, with 9-4 favourite Blackbow seemingly the stable’s number one hope in the hands of the trainer’s son, Patrick.
Carefully Selected, who finished three places ahead of Blackbow when second in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, made much of the running under Derek O’Connor, but looked at the mercy of Blackbow rounding the home turn.
However, Champion Bumper third Tornado Flyer, a 12-1 shot under Richie Deegan, came home best of all to claim top honours.
Blackbow was second and Carefully Selected was third.
The Champion Bumper winner Relegate, also trained by Mullins, was well beaten on this occasion.
“At different times up the straight, you could have made any of the three of them the winner,” said Mullins.
“I thought Carefully Selected had nabbed it turning for home and when Patrick came through I thought he was going to win.
“All the time I could see Richie just keeping his horse covered and I said ‘if he gets a bit of daylight, minds the little bit he has in the tank and plays his card at the right time’.
“It was a really good ride. Richie claims 5lb and it was a tremendous ride for a 5lb claimer.
“He rode a winner for me in Listowel two years ago and he’s a guy that impresses me, he impressed me that day.
“It’s very seldom we need an amateur rider, with Patrick and Katie, but I’ve always tried to use him if I could.”