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Willie Mullins leaves punters stunned after McKinley’s 33-1 shock Naas win

• Gigginstown House Stud third-string lands Grade One hurdle
• Mullins: ‘Paul gave him a great ride’
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Naas apparently has a longstanding reputation as ‘a punters’ graveyard’, which might have little grounding in reality but certainly proved apt when the course staged its first Grade One jumps race on Sunday. The Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle produced a 33-1 winner in McKinley, whose trainer, Willie Mullins, has now landed seven of the 13 top-class races run in Ireland this jumps season.

Mullins was supposed to win this race, if at all, with Tell Us More, sent off the 4-5 favourite, who tried to make all but was worn down by his stablemate on the run-in. McKinley, ridden by Paul Townend, had appeared to be the third-string for both his trainer and his owners, Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud.

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