Tiepy camp wary of bounce factor
Willie Mullins is praying the Connolly's Red Mills Thyestes Chase does not come too soon for his ante-post favourite Pomme Tiepy.
The talented mare produced her best performance for some time when third in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.
Originally scheduled for Thursday, Gowran's card was postponed until the weekend due to ground conditions and the champion trainer is expecting another bold show from his charge.
"I was delighted with her run in Leopardstown and she's starting to come back to her form," said Mullins.
"I hope she has a good chance, but I'm not sure the runners from the Paddy Power have a great record in the Thyestes and that is in the back of my mind. She appears to have come out of the race well, though, so I'm quite pleased."
Mullins fires two other bullets at the race in the shape of The Midnight Club and Ballytrim.
"The Midnight Club is having his first run of the season but everything else will suit him. He has a lot of weight for his first run, but we're hoping for the best," the trainer added.
"Ballytrim will love the trip but I'm just wondering if the ground is going to be too soft for him."
A maximum field of 18 are set to go to post, with Alpha Ridge, Agus A Vic and Rocco's Hall other notable inclusions.