Belfast Telegraph

Mullins at the Europa

By Robert Fenton

Our Conor, an easy winner of the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham last year, takes on Ulster-owned Hurricane Fly for Champion glory in less than a month's time.

The Fly beat Conor in Leopardstown's Irish equivalent a fortnight ago but, going to the last, it looked odds-on a Conor victory before Hurricane pulled out that bit extra for a record-equalling fourth triumph in the race.

Naturally, the reigning champion is 5/2 favourite for another Festival success but Our Conor, at 5/1, will attract a lot of support for revenge. What are the prospects of that?

Punters can get the inside line from none other than Our Conor's jockey Danny Mullins, who will be one of the guests at the annual Sean Graham Bookmakers Cheltenham Festival night in the Europa Hotel on Monday, March 3.

It will be interesting to hear Mullins' opinion on whether he can turn things around on the biggest theatre of all.

He will be joined by MC for the night and leading Irish commentator for At The Races Gary O'Brien and the latter's opposite number from Racing UK and Channel 4 Racing, Richard Hoiles.

Former Grand National winning trainer Gordon Elliott returns and is always worth listening to – when he has something to say – while pundit extraordinaire with his own brand of course humour, Mark 'Couch' Winstanley, will add spice to the nigh proceedings.

Brian and Ronan Graham will provide their thoughts and odds for all the races during the four days at Prestbury Park.

"We are delighted that Danny Mullins has agreed to join this year's panel," said Brian.

"Gary O'Brien will chair the evening.

"Richard Hoiles has a marvellous understanding of the form book whereas Mark Winstanley's opinion is always sure to be very colourful as well as informative," he added.

"Gordon Elliot is appearing for a third year in a row and is now in charge of one of the most powerful racing stables in Ireland.

"It is always a great night and still offers marvellous value for all racing enthusiasts."

Admission fee is £10 which can be paid on the night at the door or obtained from all SP Graham shops. Proceeds go to the Injured Jockey Fund.

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