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Uncle Junior best by a Country mile

Uncle Junior and jockey Patrick Mullins repeated last year's victory in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham.

The 11-year-old (9/2), trained by Patrick's father Willie, was given a confident stalking ride in the 3m 7f contest and moved through the field before the final half mile of obstacles.

Despite a mistake at the sixth-last fence, he was able to master 11/4 favourite and long-time leader Balthazaar King before the turn for home and he was driven out for a comfortable success.

Jackie Mullins, wife of trainer Willie, said: "Patrick won here on him last season, he loves it here.

"He's run over in France and ran in the Pardubicka three weeks ago so we're thrilled.

"Willie was wondering whether to run him or wait for the race in December, but he said we'd bring him and it worked.

"I don't know what the difference was between his last race and this, he just loves it here maybe."

Patrick Mullins said of his bad mistake: "I probably made it look worse than it was.

"I get a kick out of riding in these races."

The Philip Hobbs-trained runner-up battled hard up the run-in but had to settle for second after mistakes at the final few obstacles, whilst John Halley's Outlaw Pete (12/1) ran well in third place.

Outsider Another Jewel (66/1) ran on best of the rest to finish fourth under Davy Russell.