Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Mullins big guns on course

Hurricane Fly
Hurricane Fly

Willie Mullins has confirmed his big guns on course for the Punchestown Festival later this month.

The trainer had five winners at the Cheltenham Festival, including an opening day treble when Champagne Fever claimed the Supreme Novices' Hurdle , Hurricane Fly regained his Champion Hurdle crown and Quevega raced into the history books with a remarkable fifth win in the OLBG Mares' Hurdle.

With that trio set to be joined by the likes of Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs at Punchestown, Mullins looks set to dominate once again.

"All our top horses appear to have come out of the big meetings at Fairyhouse and Cheltenham in good form," he told At The Races.

"We'll be working them on Tuesday and maybe again later in the week and then we'll decide their targets, although the likes of Hurricane Fly have obvious targets."

Hurricane Fly will be aiming for a fourth straight win in the Rabobank Champion Hurdle on April 26, while Quevega will be aiming for her fourth win in the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle 24 hours earlier.

Sir Des Champs will be lining up in the Bet Online With TheTote.com Punchestown Gold Cup on April 24.

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