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Bacardys on top as Mullins dominates Weatherbys Private Bank Champion Bumper

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Bacardys led home a one-two for Willie Mullins when out-gunning stablemate Battleford in Aintree's Weatherbys Private Bank Champion National Hunt Flat race.

In what had proven to be a frustrating day for the Closutton handler, the five-year-old ensured it ended on a positive note with his son Patrick seen at his most effective to lift him home in the Grade Two affair.

Entering the closing stages, a re-run of the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival threatened to take place, as the Mullins duo together with Ballyandy moved on to fight out the finish.

Despite travelling well, Ballyandy backed out of the equation around a furlong from home, leaving the stablemates to battle it out, a verdict that was to go the way of Bacardys (15-2) by half a length, with debutant The Minch running a cracking race in staying on a length and a half away in third.