Min secures back-to-back Dublin Chase successes

Min soars over the last to win well

Min ran out an easy winner of the Ladbrokes Dublin Chase at Leopardstown for a second successive year.

However, the contest was marred by the fatal injury sustained by 2017 Champion Chase hero Special Tiara, who was pulled up before jumping the first fence.

Only five went to post and with Castlegrace Paddy a first-fence faller, only three remained for the majority of the race with Harry Whittington’s Saint Calvados in front.

Ruby Walsh was happy to sit some five lengths off him aboard the Willie Mullins-trained Min, but a series of big leaps saw him close the gap with Ordinary World also making progress.

With the last fence omitted because of low sun, Walsh nursed Min alongside the British challenger before kicking clear and the 4-9 favourite won by six lengths.

Ordinary World stayed on for second with Saint Calvados last of the trio.

“It was unfortunate to lose Henry’s horse early on. With the first and last fence out, I’m not sure it told us much,” said Mullins.

“I was delighted with my fella, he ran up to form.

“I think he got a fright when Castlegrace Paddy fell and didn’t jump the next few fences, especially the first down the back he just propped at it and stopped.

“Ruby got him jumping then and got him into a rhythm down the back and it was only a matter of waiting until he got over the last and giving him the office to go, which he did.

“He has the pace for two miles and he can go out to two and a half, and maybe even an extra furlong or two as well.

“When he’s on song and he jumps well, he can gain ground in the air and keep his position. He has a lot of doors open for him.

“I’m very happy to win today and that’s as far as I’m thinking.

“Footpad and Min can both go out in trip or run over two miles. We should be able to keep them apart.

“I’m more concerned about getting some proper winter weather for some of these racetracks, and Cheltenham as well.

“We keep saying it’ll come, but it hasn’t come. I’m more concerned about ground than keeping them apart.

“The Red Mills is an option (for Footpad). A lot of people are looking at the Red Mills, Presenting Percy included, so that could be a really good race – it could be the race of the season.”