Mullin’s Mind Games?
As you may have seen on one of our recent shows on our Youtube channel we mentioned that even though Willie Mullins last December said that Douvan was set to miss the rest of this jump season he was still as short as 9/2 with William Hill for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at this years festival, not so long after that show rumor had it he would be entered in this weekends Grade 2 Red Mills Chase at Gowran park, Unfortunatly we have found out today for race fans that Willie Mullins has decided to sidestep the Red Mills Chase with Douvan over the weekend.
In what is still to be a highly competitive race which includes no less than 4 top grade winners it would have been one hell of a test back for a horse that before last years poor show due to injury in the Queen Mother Chase was classed as “immortal” due to his sheer class over fences. With Altior coming back last weekend in such impressive style and regardless of what happens in the Red Mills this weekend he will still go of hot favourite, this horse still can have a massive say at the festival if he can come back to winning ways and give us as the fans the race we was hoping for at Tingle Creek back in December and what a race that will be i am sure you’ll agree!
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Aditional Fire Power!
Instead the Mullins team will now hope that on Sunday over at Navan Vroum Vroum Mag will give Willie some extra fire power at the festival with a win Ladbrokes Ireland Hurdle. Despite having a strong hold of 5 in the race at the moment it’ll be the last years runner up to the impressive Apples jade in the Mares hurdle that people will be look to for a big run from.
The mare certainly will have some to go to give people something to get excited about with not having a run since last April when finishing a very unimpressive 7th at Aintree but Ruby Walsh has come out in her defence saying “She won the race last year and if she runs to that level again she should win. Shes dropping back in trip again but it doesn’t tend to bother her”
It could be a very vital weekend for Mr Mullins and Rich Ricci with just over 3 weeks until the biggest 4 days for the team and with the aging Faugheen still bravely going to tackle the might of Beveur D’Air they will be hoping to bolster their forever growing strong hold on the festival and we at Money Rider for one would want to see them bring the best of the Irish over to make it the greatest 4 days in jump racing
Brennan thrilled to be back with Cue Card
Paddy Brennan has described being reunited with Cue Card as a privilege. After losing the partnership with the horse he loves after a succession of falls on the 12 year old, Brennan said it speaks volumes about Colin Tizzard that he has renewed his faith.
After dodging the King George in favour of this weekend at Ascot, Tizzard confirmed this will be the first of his last three runs before retiring to go hunting. ‘We want to look after him’ explained Tizzard and after a gruelling race at Haydock behind an imperious Bristol De Mai, the well rested Cue Card should be primed for a good run this Saturday.
The multiple Grade 1 winner will have his work cut out among some hot rivals, but at a best priced 10/1, fans of the popular chaser will be keen to see the Cue Card we all know and love.
Hendersons Trump Card
It’s no surprise to see that Nicky Henderson holds the favourite for the race with hat-trick seeking Top Notch, who will be looking for a cement his credentials for the festival with entries in both the Queen Mother and Ryanair chases.
Brian Hughes is set to once again partner Ruth Jefferson trained Waiting patiently who is unbeaten in 6 outtings, while ‘The girl on fire’ Bryony Frost looks set to keep the partnership with Frodon after a comprehensive win at Cheltenham last month.
No doubt all eyes will be on Cue Card this weekend, but as the countdown to the Festival continues, he certainly won’t have things made easy for him.