Rachael Blackmore and Minella Indo complete Cheltenham-Punchestown double
The Henry de Bromhead-trained Minella Indo completed a Cheltenham and Punchestown festival double after battling on to defeat favourite Allaho in the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle.
Barry Maloney's six-year-old scored at odds of 50-1 in the Albert Bartlett but was a tenth of that price in his quest to become the first horse to land both Grade 1 staying novice events.
Rachael Blackmore changed the front-running tactics that were successful at Cheltenham, instead stalking favourite Allaho throughout the race before outstaying his rival up the straight to keep on for a two-length win.
The well-backed Carefully Selected took third position while Commander Of Fleet was pulled up before the second circuit.
Paddy Power have shortened the six-year-old to 8-1 (from 12) for next season's RSA Novices' Chase.
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