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Mumbo has Champion Bumper option

Margaret Mullins will leave it up to Mumbo Jumbo's owner Barry Connell to decide whether the talented gelding will compete at this year's Cheltenham Festival.

The five-year-old was an impressive winner on his bumper debut at Gowran Park in September before finishing an unlucky sixth in a Listed event at Cheltenham, having been hampered running down the hill.

He bounced back to winning form with a most taking performance at Leopardstown over Christmas and he could now be in line for the Champion Bumper.

"He's come out of Leopardstown good and he's on a bit of a break now. He's out in the paddock at the moment kicking and bucking, he's full of himself," said Mullins.

"It was a good performance at Leopardstown. The time before at Cheltenham he ran very green, but I'd say going over there made a man of him.

"He's a lot more settled now and he could go back to Cheltenham for the Champion Bumper, although that would be up to Barry. If he was to go to Cheltenham, he'd go straight there now. He wouldn't have another run beforehand.

"There is also the option of going to Punchestown, so I'll leave it up to Barry to decide, but he's a really nice horse and a really good jumper as well."


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