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Andrew Lynch

Buckers Bridge edged out Twinlight in a thrilling finish to the Flyingbolt Novice Chase at Navan.

Twinlight, who attempted to make all, looked like striking for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh when forging into a narrow lead after jumping the last.

But Buckers Bridge (7-2), whose only defeat came when he trailed home behind Arvika Ligeonniere last time, rallied under a hard drive from Andrew Lynch to get up in the final strides for trainer Henry de Bromhead, winning by a head.

De Bromhead said: "He just wasn't right at Fairyhouse (fifth in the Drinmore Chase) the last day so we backed off him and gave him a bit of a break. He seems to be back as good as ever.

"He jumped super and battled well. I hope that trip was a bit sharp for him and we'll step him up a bit in distance. He's entered in the Jewson at Cheltenham. I also put him in the novice handicap chase, but he probably won't be qualified for that now."

Ruby Walsh ended what had been a frustrating day for him when guiding Terminal (15-8) to victory in the Irish Form Book Ten Up Novice Chase. The six-year-old was completing a double for trainer Mullins when outpointing Tofino Bay.

The latter tried to make all in what was a tactical affair but Terminal, owned by Favourites Racing, got on top at the last and had his measure by five and a half lengths.

Mullins, who went on to a treble with Made In Germany (9-10 favourite) in the bumper, said: "It took him time to get into his jumping and I think he might have been effected by the shadow down the back straight.

"He's entered in all the races at Cheltenham. I'll talk to the owners and see what we'll do. I think he may have had too hard a race there and he'd prefer better ground.

"Maybe that will kill his Galway Plate weight, but we can also look forward to Punchestown with him."

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