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Monday 21 May 2018

Abby' good for Coral

Very Abby: Abbyssial, with Ruby Walsh on board, on the way to winning the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown
Very Abby: Abbyssial, with Ruby Walsh on board, on the way to winning the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown

Most punters used this week's weather warning as the perfect opportunity to study the last of the entries for the Cheltenham Festival and the release of the weights for the handicaps at the meeting.

A couple of Willie Mullins-trained runners did make appeal in the handicaps and as always at this time of year, the 'non runner cash back' concession is a big help.

Success

Mullins spoke earlier in the week about how he traditionally hasn't enjoyed much success in handicap chases at Cheltenham, but his record in handicap hurdles is certainly better.

Trying to second guess Mullins running arrangements has never been an easy task and this year, with 48-hour declarations for all races, it could be even more interesting, but the two Clostutton engagements that stand out are Abbyssial and Whiskey Sour.

Abbyssial returned to action at Gowran Park last month after a 1,073-day break and on heavy ground over a trip probably short of his best, he ran a fine race to finish eight lengths behind the consistent Forge Meadow.

Abbyssial has entries in the Coral Cup and the County Hurdle and is 33/1 for both. A Grade One winner as a juvenile, if improving for that run at Gowran Park, he could be a horse that suits the Coral Cup.

Whiskey Sour may be another Grade One winner of interest. The five-year-old was a very fortuitous winner of the Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Christmas and he was 12 lengths behind Samcro last time, but if connections opt to go back into handicap company, then the talented performer on the Flat may be able to put in a bold showing in a race like the County Hurdle of the Martin Pipe.

He too is in the Coral Cup, so has options and is a general 20/1 shot for all three.

Being a Grade One winner, it is no surpise that Whiskey Sour has also been entered in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and the Ballymore, but the English handicapper has given him just 3lb more than his Irish rating to leave him on 141, which could see him pitch up in a handicap with around 11st.

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