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Bellshill cruises to victory at Naas

Ruby Walsh delivers on the much-fancied Bellshill at Naas
Ruby Walsh delivers on the much-fancied Bellshill at Naas

Bellshill had little difficulty landing the odds in the Lawlor's Hotel Novice Hurdle at Naas.

The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old made it three out of three over the smaller obstacles as he dispensed of his four rivals in emphatic fashion.

Last Encounter set the pace with Bellshill and Stone Hard tracking the leader in the early stages.

While Stone Hard weakened tamely out of contention before being pulled up, Bellshill (2-5 favourite) cruised alongside Last Encounter at the second last in the hands of a confident Ruby Walsh.

From then on the issue was not in doubt and Bellshill pulled five lengths clear of the long-time leader to claim this Grade One over two and a half miles.

It was a quickfire double for Mullins, Walsh and owners Graham and Andrea Wylie following Shaneshill's success in the previous race.