Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Mullins can conjure magic at Roscommon National Hunt

Punters could reap a decent dividend from Roscommon's National Hunt session this evening by exercising restraint and waiting for the concluding bumpers, in which champion trainer Willie Mullins could score on the double.

Closutton-based Mullins knows what it takes to succeed in most of the sport's aspects, with bumpers a long-standing speciality, and once more he has the able assistance of Katie Walsh and son Patrick Mullins.

Walsh takes the reins on French-bred newcomer Sainte Careigne for the Femme Fatale Syndicate in the Boyle Mares Flat Race for lady riders.

While it might represent a leap of faith to opt for Walsh's mount ahead of Jessica Harrington's experienced charge Takeyourcapoff, stable companion Anderson McAuley boasts a promising Cork debut effort under Patrick ahead of the night's finale.

Sporting the familiar Hurricane Fly colours of Belfast's George Creighton, the Blueprint gelding is bound to have derived benefit from his outing 53 days ago at the Mallow venue when third of 27 starters.

Stepping up half a mile here should not be a negative for followers of Willie's six-year-old in a race he and Patrick landed with For The Staff a year ago. They can repeat the feat despite the obvious claims of Forth Official and John Bleahen's Tistobesure with Derek O'Connor aboard.

Willie's brother Tony has each-way claims in the preceding Martinstown Opportunity Handicap Hurdle with their nephew Emmet's mount Impersonator.

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