History has proven the Festival to be a ruthless environment where only the toughest, most talented survive. This week will be no different. Some hotpots will enhance already lofty reputations while, for others, the bubble will burst. As ever, the challenge is what to trust and what to oppose, writesmakes his picks.
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Tue, 15 Mar, 2016
Following a dogged display in the Grade 1 Ryanair Hurdle on the final day of Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival, Champion Hurdle second-favourite Nichols Canyon drew comparisons with Hurricane Fly from his trainer, Willie Mullins, but much more remains to be done if the five-year-old is to emulate his revered former stable-companion.
Wed, 30 Dec, 2015
Willie Mullins enjoyed a clean sweep of the Grade 1 events on the opening day of the Punchestown Festival, but some second-string representatives were called upon to help deliver the treble in front of a record opening-day crowd of 20,214.
Wed, 29 Apr, 2015
Willie Mullins admits Nichols Canyon puts him in mind of stable star Hurricane Fly as he bids to give the trainer a fourth Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle win in the last 10 years at Cheltenham today.
Wed, 11 Mar, 2015