Robbie Power rides first winner for Willie Mullins at Thurles
Power made to work hard as he partners 9-2 Pylonthepressure to three length victory
Robbie Power rode his first winner for Willie Mullins at Thurles on Thursday. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho
Mullins saddled two runners in the Templemore Beginners Chase, but 2-1 joint-favourite Turcagua only made it as far as the second fence.
Power was hard at work aboard 9-2 chance Pylonthepressure some way from home in the two-mile contest, but his perseverance paid off as the eight-year-old’s stamina kicked in late on as he got up to beat Balbir Du Mathan by three lengths.
Mullins said: “Myself and Robbie have a small family connection as when Robbie changed from show-jumping to racing he would have started off riding for my father.”
Of Pylonthepressure, he added: “It was a nice performance considering he jumped very big and deliberate down the back.
“His stamina just won it for him by staying on when the others had probably gone a little too fast out in front. He made the best of it but was probably fortunate enough to win.
“He has plenty of stamina and has no problem going a longer trip. I’ll be trying to see what I can win at home with him next.”