Mullins banks on Cooldine comeback

Cooldine is to be given time to recover from the slight problem that saw him run under-par in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown.

Last season’s RSA Chase winner was found to be coughing after being pulled up in the big race, won by What A Friend, on Tuesday.

However, trainer Willie Mullins believes it is just a “hiccup” and should not prevent him lining up in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.

“He gave a cough. I think he has a little sore throat, so we will give him time to get over that,” said the County Carlow handler.

“Hopefully he will be OK for Cheltenham. It’s only a hiccup I think.”

Cooldine is a top-priced 20-1 for the Gold Cup.

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