Blue Lord came from last to first to deny his King George-winning stablemate Tornado Flyer and provide Willie Mullins with a seventh victory in the Clonmel Oil Chase.
Champagne Fever (2014), Kemboy (2018) and Douvan (2019) are among the champion trainer’s previous winners of the Grade Two feature and he saddled two of the four runners this time around.
Blue Lord, whose only defeat in five starts over fences last season came when third in the Arkle at Cheltenham, was the 5-6 favourite in the hands of Paul Townend.
Last year’s shock King George hero Tornado Flyer, meanwhile, was a 9-2 shot under Danny Mullins. Unsurprisingly given he was dropping back in trip, Tornado Flyer was ridden aggressively from the front and had seen off…