Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Mullins looking to double chance

Champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins has decent prospects of completing a double with the help of Paul Townend in the two conditions races at Galway today.

While the Michael Winters-trained Missunited will be a difficult opponent, Zuzka has enough going for her to suggest she can prevail.

Winner of a maiden hurdle at Sligo, the daughter of Flemensfirth was then second to Face Vale over this course before being edged out by Chase The Favourite at Kilbeggan last month — which represents solid form.

Missunited was an impressive recent winner on the Flat at Clonmel, but there is always a possibility that those exertions and the demands of this unique track could leave the mount vulnerable to a consistent sort like Zuzka.

The in-form Baily Green aims to continue his winning spree when reverting to fences for the Deacy Gilligan Novice Chase.

Mouse Morris' six-year-old took his time to get the hang of things over fences but has hit a rich vein of form since teaming up with David Casey. Mullins, however, has every reason to believe that Laganbank can get the better of the Morris representative as he finished only two-and-a-half lengths behind Baily Green when they clashed at Roscommon back in May.

The pair met off level weights on that occasion, so receiving 6lbs this time, Laganbank should be able to gain revenge.

Notimetoserve, Faustina Pius and Reafadda are the three likely to dominate the market in the Parkmore Maiden Hurdle.

Faustina Pius ran well at this course when runner-up to Dermot Weld's Train Of Thought, but the suspicion is the John Queally-trained mare would prefer better ground and the vote goes to Reafadda.

Meanwhile, Aidan O'Brien's Chamonix, still engaged in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday, showed stamina in abundance to win the Ardilaun Hotel Oyster Stakes at Galway.

Sent off the 5-2 second-favourite in the Listed mile and a half event, Joseph O'Brien became involved in a barging match with Shane Foley on Macbeth at halfway.

After securing the position he wanted behind Eternal Bounty O'Brien kicked on some way out on the son of Galileo.

Chamonix looked a little green but he eventually knuckled down to the task to beat Demurely by six lengths.

"He's tough and he tries. He'd be better on nicer ground. ‘Dusty' (Foley) wanted to keep me in a bit tight (down the back straight) but I found plenty of room," said O'Brien jnr.

"He stayed on well and he is tough."

And Sir Michael Stoute's youngster Centred can follow up a promising debut in the Betfair Sponsors The Stable Staff Canteen EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Leicester.

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