If watching Willie Mullins-trained hot pots is your thing then Thurles is the place to be this afternoon.
Top of the list has to be the trainer’s Un de Sceaux, who is set to make his debut over fences in the Killinan Beginners Chase.
The six-year-old brings a staggering record to the party, unbeaten in nine races, and there is no knowing just how good he is.
Seven of those successes have come for Mullins, the other two were his native France, with Un De Sceaux rounding off last season by returning to France to land a Grade 2 over flights at Auteuil. Reported to have schooled well, he is sure to go off at prohibitive odds.
One of Mullins’ that shouldn’t be quite as short, Kate Appleby Shoes, gets the nap in Bumper. She was coming back off a long break at Naas 25 days ago when runner-up behind Jessica Harrington’s Moscow Magic.
Third was Aengus and fifth Cappacon and they finished first and second respectively in a bumper at Fairyhouse last week.
Mullins takes the wraps off Max Dynamite in the Cahir Maiden Hurdle and this ex-French horse could obviously be anything over jumps.
He was last seen when seventh in the Grade 2 Prix Niel at Longchamp in September, a contest in which Aidan O’Brien’ Ruler Of The World was second. Max Dynamite was also eighth in the French Derby earlier in the campaign at Chantilly.
The market may well reveal that defeat is out of the question, but a chance is taken with Charles Byrnes’ Fact File.
Formerly in the care of Gordon Elliott, he made a big impression when easily winning his only point-to-point at Bennettsbridge in February.
Mullins’ Clondaw Court is likely to be a tight price in the Rock Of Cashel Hurdle, but Jessica Harrington’s Ttebbob, a promising third behind Plinth at Naas, has the benefit of a recent outing and could surprise.
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