Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Ruby and Willie to the four

Ahead of tomorrow's big Leopardstown card featuring the Hennessy Gold Cup, Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins showed they're hitting form at the right time by landing a four-timer at Clonmel.

 

Mullins trains one of tomorrow’s big-race fancies, Sir Des Champs, who is expected to battle it out with Peter Casey’s Flemenstar.

All-conquering pair Mullins and Walsh travelled to the Tipperary venue yesterday with just five runners and took the two feature races with Inish Island and Call The Police, as well as striking with the highly promising mares Annie Power and Sarabad.

They were denied a 100 per cent record when their final entry, the enigmatic Cadspeed, could only finish third in the novice chase.

Call The Police may figure in the Mullins team for the John Smith's Grand National after lifting the Derrygrath Chase.

“He's in everything, including the Grand National,” said Mullins.

“I wouldn't mind bringing him back to two miles, as he's such a good jumper that he'd be able to perform at that shorter trip.”

At Dundalk tonight, Sacred Dragon is napped to prevail for Jim Ryan's Newbridge-based operation. Ryan has saddled just 32 runners since 2009. However, five of those have won, the last three doing so on the all-weather.

There was success in faraway Dubai yesterday for David Marnane when his Elleval followed up a Dundalk win in December to claim the Meydan Classic Trial.