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Mr Mulliner set for super four in a row

By Ron McKnight

Mr Mulliner makes his debut over fences in the Beginners Chase at Downpatrick's penultimate fixture of the year today and looks capable of continuing the winning run for Sligo handler Mark McNiff.

Mr Mulliner has won on his last three starts - twice at Downpatrick and, previous to that, at Sligo.

Battling Boru - representing the father/son combination of Tony and Danny Mullins - along with the Colin Bowe-trained Don Vincenzo are the main threats.

Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins' sole runner today at the course is Pearl Diamond with former champion jockey Paul Townend in the saddle and looks the likely favourite in the opening maiden hurdle.

However, Rathmuck Native, a bumper winner at the track with two reasonable efforts over hurdles since, could offer better each way value.

Banker Burke, runner-up last time, and Supreme Vinnie are another pair capable of entering the frame.

You Can't Catch Me, having got his head in front last time following placed efforts, could follow up in the handicap hurdle for trainer Kieran Purcell.

Ciankyle, a course winner on his penultimate start, Urban Duck and Idontdalaay appear the dangers.

Barrack Street, twice placed at the track on his latest starts, could gain compensation in the long distance maiden hurdle if accounting for Tigroney and Spicy Fruity, the latter representing Gordon Elliott who is the leading trainer at Downpatrick.

The Noel Meade-trained Zigger Zagger should start favourite in the Strictly Beginners Chase but fell on his debut at the final fence at Kilbeggan.

Dawn Flyer, Exit Seven and Drunhart filled second, third and fourth place over the course and distance at the last meeting and look the trio to focus on while Show And Go also enters calculations in a competitive contest.

Dawn Flyer just gets the vote to deny the locally-trained Drunhart.

The 0-95 rated handicap chase is a wide open affair and Willow Grange, Galboystown Lady and High Talk look contenders with the latter, a course winner, possibly supplying McNiff with a double.

Trainer Mark Fahey enlists champion amateur rider Patrick Mullins for favourite Taras Call in the concluding bumper.

Conscience and Whizzzey Rascal hold similar claims and the latter, with Finny Maguire in the saddle and runner-up in the bumper at the course last time, offers better value in the race.

SELECTIONS: DOWNPATRICK: 2.00 Rathmuck Native, 2.35 You Can't Catch Me, 3.10 Barrack Street, 3.45 Dawn Flyer, 4.20 Mr Mulliner, 4.55 High Talk, 5.30 Whizzzey Rascal

DUNDALK: 5.35 China Eyes, 6.05 The Yellow Bus, 6.35 Well Caught, 7.05 Norville, 7.35 Cheers Buddy, 8.05 Poitin, 8.35 Tandem, 9.05 Scenic Star.

HAYDOCK: 1.40 Deep Resolve, 2.10 Instant Karma, 2.45 Jameerah, 3.20 Geoff Potts, 3.55 Sunnyside Bob, 4.30 Richard Of Yorke, 5.05 George Cinq, 5.40 Rock Of Max.

NEWMARKET: 1.55 Lavender Lane, 2.30 Melodious, 3.05 PROMISING RUN (NAP), 3.40 Time Test, 4.15 Crazy Horse, 4.50 Cannock Chase, 5.25 Rocket Punch.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.10 Evacusafe Lady, 5.45 A Little Bit Dusty, 6.15 Robins Pearl, 6.45 Copper Cavalier, 7.15 Wordiness, 7.45 Free One, 8.15 Dollar Reward, 8.45 White Russian.

WORCESTER: 1.50 Cruchain, 2.20 Mile House, 2.55 King Alfonso, 3.30 Vive Le Roi, 4.05 Crimson Ark, 4.40 Marju's Quest, 5.15 Pied Du Roi, 5.50 Clancy's Cross.

DOUBLE: Promising Run and Time Test.

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