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Mullins' stars set for weekend runs

Willie Mullins is ready to unleash some of his big guns this weekend as the jumps seasons continues to get into full swing.

The trainer's hopes are headed by Faugheen as the Cheltenham and Punchestown winner makes his eagerly-awaited reappearance in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday.

Ballycasey is set to miss the Amlin 1965 Chase there and stay nearer home for the Race That Stops A County 'Thyestes Chase Jan 22nd' Chase at Gowran the same day.

Vautour, another who was successful in novice hurdles at Cheltenham and Punchestown, is to make his fencing debut in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Navan on Sunday.

"Faugheen runs at Ascot and hopefully he's the horse that everyone says he is," said Mullins.

"Vautour will go to Navan on Sunday.

"Turban will go for the graduation chase at Haydock (on Friday) but Ballycasey will probably go to Gowran on Saturday instead of travelling over."

Mullins' stable jockey Ruby Walsh confirmed he will be at Ascot on Saturday.

"We have Vautour, Faugheen, a couple of good ones at Gowran Park as well on Saturday. Obviously, I'll be at Ascot," he told At The Races: "

"We have a good team for the weekend."


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