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Rachael Blackmore and Minella Indo complete Cheltenham-Punchestown double

Minella Indo: winner at Cheltenham and Punchestown
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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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Barry Maloney's Albert Bartlett winner has became the first horse to land both staying three-mile novice prizes at the two festivals.
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