Uncle Junior (6-1) saw off Quantitativeeasing in a barnstorming finish to the FBD-sponsored La Touche Cup, sparking a five-timer for trainer Willie Mullins at Punchestown. Press Association “I didn’t know if he’d handle the ground but he obviously likes it a bit faster,” said the trainer. “Now we have to decide whether to give him the summer off or keep going and maybe go over fences.” After Un De Sceaux landed the Ryanair Novice Chase, Mullins made it four in emphatic fashion in the Orchid Transport Mares Novice Hurdle, as the Paul Townend-ridden Whiteout (8/1) led home a one-two-three for the handler, ahead of Uranna and Lyrical Theatre. Mullins said: “They don’t all have to be big money horses, she was a very modest price. She has been surprising me. “We were hoping she’d win races but didn’t think she’d be coming to Punchestown and it’s a pleasant surprise. “She looks half decent and will hopefully keep improving.” Yorkhill gave Mullins senior his fifth win and Patrick Mullins his second in the saddle with an easy victory in the Kildare Post INH Flat Race. The 5/4 favourite opened up a commanding lead after the home turn and though OK Corral ate into that lead, Yorkhill was still two and a quarter lengths up at the line. “Patrick was full of this horse after his last few bits of work,” said Mullins. “He was keen to keep him apart from Bellshill and got his wish so it worked out. “He’s clearly a nice horse. He’s been giving Patrick plenty of vibes and I haven’t done much with him.” There was little to choose between the pair jumping the final fence, after which Quantitativeeasing went a length up, but Uncle Junior roared back bravely to win a thriller by a neck, with Keep On Track third. Mullins said: “He’s some hero in our yard. At 14 to run a race like that is fantastic. “He always makes one bad mistake and hadn’t throughout so I said coming to the last ‘here it comes’, but he only lost half a length. “He appreciates the drier ground and the sun on his back. Normally he drops out and it takes three and a half miles for him to warm up, but today after half a mile I was hopeful he’d run a big race. “You saw Patrick after passing the winning post. He really enjoyed it and he’s a fantastic horse to have in the yard. “There is no talk of retirement as he’s in good form and there are those type of races for him. I can’t see the point of putting him out in a field as he gets bored. “A horse like him is entertainment and he certainly gave us entertainment today.” Mullins also landed the Donohue Marquees Handicap Hurdle with 20-1 shot Avant Tout, with Danny Mullins doing the steering. Quantitativeeasing was the 13-8 favourite to gain compensation for his luckless run at the Cheltenham Festival where he was carried out in the Glenfarclas Handicap Chase when primed to deliver his challenge. The market leader moved sweetly throughout under Nina Carberry around the banks circuit, but Patrick Mullins appeared equally confident aboard the 14-year-old Uncle Junior, who finished third at Cheltenham, and the two swept clear to fight it out from the home turn.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “There wasn’t a pop or anything like that,” he said. “It’s kind of a sketchy area. Hopefully I caught it soon enough where it’s not going to be a big issue. The level at least right now is not too concerned.”Until the MRI renders its verdict, it’s still possible that Anderson can avoid going on the disabled list for the first time this season. In a best-case scenario, this is merely a cruel reminder of his injury-stricken past.Anderson has been placed on the disabled list seven times in a career that began in 2009. The last five times he needed the 60-day disabled list, reserved for only the most severe injuries. He’s spent a total of 630 days on the DL in his career — more than a year and a half, all before his 27th birthday — but never for an injury involving his Achilles tendon.Some of the injuries have been severe, like the Tommy John surgery that ended Anderson’s 2011 season, or the back surgery that ended his 2014 season. Anderson also once broke a bone in his finger when he was hit by a pitch. Tuesday’s injury was even flukier than that one. ATLANTA >> Brett Anderson was a hot mess Tuesday. The Dodgers’ pitcher was sweating through a typical summer’s day in Georgia, literally and figuratively, when a freak injury mercifully and surprisingly sent him to the showers.Anderson had only thrown 2 2/3 innings against the Atlanta Braves when he left with an injury diagnosed as “irritation” in the area of his left Achilles tendon. Anderson was able to walk off the mound on his own power and was wearing a walking boot on his left foot after the game, which the Braves won 4-3. Anderson will undergo an MRI Wednesday. On the final play of the first inning, Anderson left the mound to field a ground ball by Andrelton Simmons. The Dodgers got the out, but Anderson said he began feeling pain in his left ankle on that play.After that, “I didn’t feel like I had the same strength and drive to home plate,” Anderson said. “When I’m going good and healthy, for the most part everything is down in the zone and I’m throwing strikes.”Anderson said his command was worse than usual, but both his walks took place before Simmons’ first-inning groundout. He also allowed a triple and an RBI single in the third inning, and was charged with three runs total.On his final play before leaving the game, Anderson ran to his right to field a weak ground ball, kicked the ball into foul territory as he bent over to pick it up, then hopped and landed on his left foot before retrieving the ball in front of the Dodgers’ dugout.Dodgers medical director Stan Conte and manager Don Mattingly met with Anderson on the mound, before Mattingly summoned Chin-Hui Tsao (1-1) from the bullpen.There was a cruel irony to the timing of Anderson’s latest injury. Mattingly had been praising Anderson’s durability before the game, saying “I really look at him going six to seven (innings) pretty much every time out.”“I really count on him being consistent, keeping us in the game, and that’s really what he’s done every time out,” Mattingly said.Anderson’s 110 2/3 innings pitched represent the most he’s thrown in five years. Along with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, he is one of three Dodgers pitchers who hasn’t missed a start in 2015. Only Kershaw and Greinke have thrown more innings among the staff.Anderson has been so dependable, Mattingly shuffled his starting rotation coming out of the All-Star break to place Anderson between the slots occupied by Brandon Beachy and Mike Bolsinger.Beachy hadn’t thrown more than four innings in either of his two starts before he was optioned to Triple-A on Tuesday. Bolsinger is averaging fewer than six innings a start, and Mattingly figured that placing Anderson between the two pitchers would give his bullpen a better chance to recover.This injury could thwart that plan before it even had a chance to work.Worse yet for the Dodgers, Beachy and Anderson were scheduled to pitch Saturday and Sunday, respectively, against the New York Mets. Now they have two question marks to fill — unless Anderson is cleared to start this weekend — and potentially even less leverage heading into the non-waiver trade deadline, which is a week from Friday.The Dodgers were trailing 3-2 when Anderson left the game, powered by solo home runs by Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig against Braves starter Alex Wood (7-6).Tsao hit a ground-rule double in the fifth inning and scored on an RBI single by Howie Kendrick to tie the game 3-3. But the Braves got a run in the bottom of the fifth when Juan Uribe dumped a popup in shallow center field just beyond the outstretched glove of a sliding Joc Pederson, scoring Nick Markakis.Uribe, who was traded from the Dodgers to the Braves in May, has driven in the winning run in each of the first two games of the series.Bolsinger starts the series finale against the Braves, with the Dodgers looking to avoid a three-game sweep.“We’ll look for Mike to go deeper in the game,” Mattingly said.