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Brilliant Nichols Canyon can dig deep for success

By Keith Hamer

Nichols Canyon can confirm Cheltenham form and back up that victory in the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle on the third day of the Punchestown Festival.

The Willie Mullins-trained gelding relished the three miles of last month's Stayers Hurdle as he came out on top against Lil Rockerfeller and Unowhatimeanharry.

There appeared to be no fluke about that success and it has to be remembered that Nichols Canyon won the two-and-a-half-mile Grade One novice hurdle at this meeting two years ago.

This may be a strong renewal of this race but Nichols Canyon keeps surprising everyone and has already eight wins at the highest level.

Mullins has made no secret of how he rates Great Field and the rapidly-progressive six-year-old can continue his winning run in the Ryanair Novice Chase.

Great Field only won his beginners chase at Gowran in May and has since followed up at Leopardstown and Thurles.

Meanwhile Sizing John - the Belfast Telegraph tip - won yesterday's feature, the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup.

PUNCHESTOWN: 3.40 Stamp Your Feet, 4.15 Potters Point, 4.50 Cantlow, 5.30 NICHOLS CANYON (NAP), 6.05 No Comment, 6.40 Great Field, 7.15 Barra, 7.45 Rathcannon.

BEVERLEY: 1.40 Lucky Beggar, 2.10 Emilia James, 2.45 Kodiac Khan, 3.15 Atteq, 3.50 Lopito De Vega, 4.25 Pacharana, 5.00 Fortuities.

CHELMSFORD: 5.25 Noguchi, 5.55 Historic Event, 6.30 Golden Amber, 7.05 Raucous, 7.40 Outer Space, 8.15 Shaiyem, 8.45 Mystique Moon.

MARKET RASEN: 4.35 Gris de Pron, 5.10 My Little Cracker, 5.45 Muthabir, 6.20 Crafty Roberto, 6.55 Clubs Are Trumps, 7.30 Wish In A Well, 8.00 Haafapiece.

PERTH: 2.00 Top Ville Ben, 2.35 Duke Of Navan, 3.05 Mash Potato, 3.35 Spiculas, 4.10 Value At Risk, 4.45 Total Assets, 5.20 Black Ivory.

TAUNTON: 1.50 Prince Mahler, 2.20 Faction, 2.55 Kaspian Tern, 3.25 Jazzy Lady, 4.00 Lined With Silver, 4.30 Queens Cloak, 5.05 Boa Island.

DOUBLE: Nichols Canyon and Great Field.

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