BELLSHILL (Willie Mullins) Very surprised to see him in the betting for Aintree after he ran his heart out in an absolute grueller of a race, the Irish Grand National last Monday. He simply won’t have recovered in time and will not travel to Liverpool. Incidentally both Willie and David Mullins are convinced he was spooked or distracted by something going to the last at Fairyhouse, as he ran on again full of running. Another reason Aintree should be skipped is that he is much better at right handed tracks.
COQUIN MANS (Willie Mullins) Had good form against Melon at Down Royal, was very unlucky when slipping up at Clonmel, and was a highly impressive winner of a hot contest at Fairyhouse last weekend. Paul Townend knew he had the winning of it a long way out. Looks serious Stayers Hurdle material for next season.
DUC DES GENIEVRES (Willie Mullins) Didn’t look at all over his Cheltenham exertions with a disappointing effort at Fairyhouse. Hitting the third last didn’t help, but perhaps a return to two miles at Punchestown might reap dividends.
GETAWAY JOHN (Gordon Elliott) Smooth all the way bumper winner in a race won previously by Don Cossack, Samcro, Blow By Blow and Anibale Fly. Nobody is saying he will scale the dizzy heights that some of those achieved, but he is very good and his trainer rates him amongst his best prospects.
REDHOTFILLYPEPPERS (Willie Mullins) This 33/1 shot was giving her more fancied rivals plenty to think about in the Grade One Mares Novice at Fairyhouse until she took a tumble four out. She was comfortably well clear in front at the time, and while she would hardly have held off brilliant stablemate Laurina, there was every chance she would have been placed. She can stay three miles, won’t mind better ground and might be slightly better racing left handed. Plenty of options then and certainly one to look forward to.
SHREWDOPERATOR (Philip Rothwell) The Wicklow trainer has been enjoying a welcome revival and this gelding landed some tidy wagers when winning at Cork. A previous winner at that track, form from that Mallow circuit doesn’t always travel well but this steady improver is certainly one to keep an eye on wherever he goes.
STONEFORD (Noel Meade) A three miles maiden hurdle proved the perfect recipe at Cork and he is a nice sort who will probably be a staying chaser in the fullness of time.
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