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Petit has a big chance despite Mullins firepower

By Nick Robson

Willie Mullins is throwing everything at the Punchestown Champion Hurdle but it still might not be enough as Petit Mouchoir looks the one to beat.

Attempting to make all as he did in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last month is very difficult but he did well to cling on for third after a bad mistake at the second-last.

Vroum Vroum Mag may have won this last year but looks suited by further these days and if Arctic Fire avoids the bounce factor he may be the main danger from the Mullins camp.

Landing the County Hurdle off top-weight is no mean feat, especially after such a long lay-off and he was not beaten far by Faugheen at his best.

After the season Colin Tizzard has had it is hard to look beyond his Finian's Oscar in the Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle.

Forced to miss Cheltenham with a minor setback, he did plenty wrong at Aintree but still maintained his unbeaten record.

Meanwhile, Noel Fehily rode Unowhatimeanharry to victory in yesterday's Punchestown feature, the Ladbrokes Champion Stayers Hurdle.

PUNCHESTOWN: 3.40 Shin A Vee, 4.20 Woodland Opera, 4.55 Slowmotion, 5.30 Petit Mouchoir, 6.05 Finian's Oscar, 6.40 Sir Des Champs, 7.10 Morgan, 7.45 Warthog.

CHEPSTOW: 4.45 Copain De Classe, 5.20 Third Act, 5.55 Such A Legend, 6.30 Act Four, 7.00 Moral Hazard, 7.35 Charlie Mon, 8.10 Benefit Of Luck.

DONCASTER: 1.40 Eldritch, 2.10 Kirkham, 2.45 Gulland Rock, 3.20 Desert Rain, 3.55 Rich And Famous, 4.30 Bashiba, 5.05 Ki Ki, 5.40 Ardamir.

HUNTINGDON: 4.40 Burning Heat, 5.15 La Bague Au Roi, 5.45 Generous Chief, 6.20 Marracudja, 6.50 Trojan Star, 7.25 Not Never, 8.00 Troufion.

PERTH: 2.00 War Creation, 2.35 One For Harry, 3.10 Chidswell, 3.45 Log On, 4.15 Bindon Mill, 4.50 Wind Of Hope, 5.25 Anywaythewindblows.

SANDOWN: 1.50 Atty Persse, 2.20 Royal Artillery, 2.55 MONARCHS GLEN (NAP), 3.30 Mondialiste, 4.05 Queen In Waiting, 4.35 Serenada, 5.10 Glencadam Glory.

DOUBLE: Monarchs Glen and Mondialiste.

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