first_img Alechi Inois safely negotiated the remaining two fences and coasted home for a facile six-length victory over August Hill. Grade One winner Trafford Lad and legendary chaser Sizing Europe are among the previous winners of this race, but Walsh was keen to dampen the hype. “He’s quite ground dependant. He does like that good ground,” said Walsh. “He’s done it well, but when Benemeade and Blacklough came out, it made it a lot easier. “I’m not knocking anyone’s horse, but what they were over hurdles, they’re basically going to be the same over fences. “You can get carried away with horses at this time of year.” Mullins said: “He enjoys this ground and we’ll campaign him as long as we have it. He’s versatile trip-wise and jumps well. “I’ll probably give him a mid-season break and bring him back for the spring. “I don’t know how good he is and whether he’s good enough to move up another grade or two.” Alechi Inois barely came off the bridle in making it five from five over fences in the Buck House Novice Chase. Following the withdrawals of Benemeade and Blacklough, the Willie Mullins-trained Alechi Inois was a 3-10 favourite for his latest Grade Three assignment and jumped accurately at the head of affairs throughout. Ruby Walsh took a leisurely look behind as he rounded the home turn and it was clear his opponents were struggling to bridge the gap. center_img Press Associationlast_img

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