Big race double for Willie Mullins at Punchestown

He has taken the lead in the race for top trainer

Willie Mullins, Patrick Mullins, horse racing, jockey

Jockey Patrick Mullins and trainer Willie Mullins celebrate with the trophy after winning The BETDAQ Punchestown Champion Hurdle ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Willie and Patrick Mullins enjoyed a big race double on Day 4 at the Punchestown Festival.

The Willie Mullins trained Bacardys won the Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle, beating 13/8 favourite Finian's Oscar. 

That victory in the 18:05 race followed a win in the 17:30 as Wicklow Brave won the Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle. 

Mullins has now moved €70,000 ahead of Gordon Elliott in the race to be win the top trainer prize at the festival on Saturday.

Balnaslow won the Star Best For Racing Coverage Champion Hunters Chase, while Montalbano  and secured a 1-2 for Mullins in the Donohue Marquees Novice Hurdle.

Canardier took the final race of the day in the GVA Donal O'Buachalla Property Advisors Flat Race.