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Willie Mullins lands second four-timer at Dublin Racing Festival weekend


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Willie Mullins was playing a dif­ferent game to his fellow trainers over the two days of the Dublin racing festival at the weekend – a game of Monopoly, in fact, as he added four more Grade One victories on Sunday to complete a clean sweep of the eight top-level events at the meeting.

It was, even by Mullins’s ­standards, a remarkable two days and while there were some upsets among his winners on the first afternoon there was more of an air of ­inevitability about proceedings on day two as El Fabiolo (4-11), in the Dublin Chase, and State Man (2-5), in the Irish Champion Hurdle, completed the rout. The combined price of ­Mullins’s four-timer was just 8-1 and only that big because Fact To File, at 6-4, turned over his stable com­panion, Gaelic Warrior, in what ended up as a Mullins match-race for the Grade One Ladbrokes Novice Chase.

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