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A rating of 131 for Billaway’s performance in the Cheltenham Foxhunters behind Porlock Bay saw him awarded this years Champion Hunter Chaser.
Tuesday’s Grade 1 Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase has the potential to be a race for the ages with former Irish pointers Envoi Allen and Monkfish likely to lock horns.
The Willie Mullins’ trained nine-year-old Billaway took the Naas Hunters Chase for the second year running.
The Willie Mullins trained Billaway justified favouritism when landing the Hunters Chase at Down Royal in the hands of Patrick Mullins.
The favourite had to settle for second behind It Came To Pass in the Christies Foxhunters.
The Co. Wexford native is set for a number of rides next week at the Cheltenham Festival.
The son of Well Chosen is set to contest in next week's Foxhunter Chase.
The success that the champion trainer has enjoyed was one of the notable points to emerge from the record-breaking November for point-to-point graduates.
Patrick Mullins has an update on the 2016 Cheltenham Festival winner and their other hunter chasers for the season.
The 2016 Festival winner will be joined by his new stablemate Le Mercurey having received a hunter certificate.
Longhouse Music and Kruzhlinin look set to renew rivalries, whilst former Irish Gold Cup winner Edwulf is set to enter the mix.
The Grade 2 winner had been point-to-pointing this season, but the 11-year-old will now be retired after his Tinahely run.