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Jockey Paul Townend lifts the Guinness Plate after winning on Great White Shark

Jockey Paul Townend lifts the Guinness Plate after winning on Great White Shark

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Jockey Paul Townend lifts the Guinness Plate after winning on Great White Shark

Great White Shark led home a one-two for champion trainer Willie Mullins in the Guinness Handicap Hurdle at Galway.

Sharpened by a run on the Flat on Monday's card, the six-year-old mare was a lways travelling well for Paul Townend on her first outing over jumps since she was third at the Cheltenham Festival.

Ministerforsport and Recent Revelations made the early running in the €80,000 feature, with Great White Shark taking closer order on the final circuit.

There were several in with chances, but Great White Shark (5-1) was going best of all and asserted from the final flight to beat stable companion My Sister Sarah by two lengths.

Flooring Porter was third, with another Mullins runner, Diamond Hill, fourth.

"She obviously likes the place and won the big amateur race last year and was also third in this. She also ran well again here the other night," said Mullins' assistant David Casey.

"Paul said they didn' t go very quick, but she obviously likes it here and it's a case of 'horses to courses' really."

Mullins and Townend were completing a double after striking with French import N'golo (11-8) in the James's Gate Maiden Hurdle.

The jumps newcomer led two out and went on score by eight and a half lengths from Make Good after the 4-5 favourite Risk Factor fell at the last.

"It was his first run coming from France and he was generally good, but had a look at something (at the last with a circuit to race)," said Casey.

"He had been working well at home, he is a big, strong horse and should improve from that.

"He is grand at home, pops and jumps and he'd go on slower ground."

Nibblers Charm routed the opposition with a wide-margin victory in the Guinness Galway Tribes Handicap Hurdle.

The seven-year-old, fit after two runs on the level, pulled well clear to take the near E30,000 first prize in tremendous fashion.

Filon D'Oudairies took the 15-strong field along until before the second-last flight where Nibblers Charm coasted into the lead in the hands of Simon Torrens.

The 7lb claimer kicked for home on Ray Hackett's charge and Nibblers Charm (12-1) surged ahead to score by 12 lengths from Poseidon.