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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Mullins takes it slow with Make Your Mark

EXCITING youngster Make Your Mark is likely to have another run at a lower level before connections decide if he is a possible candidate for the big festivals in the spring.

The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old bolted up on his debut under Rules in a Punchestown bumper in November, and was equally impressive over hurdles at Leopardstown over Christmas.

Owned by Gigginstown House Stud, the Beneficial gelding is prominent in ante-post lists for the staying novice hurdles at Cheltenham in March. Gigginstown racing manager Eddie O'Leary said: "I think he'll probably go for a winners' race somewhere next and that will tell us more about him. We'd rather take a small step than a big one at this stage."

Celestial Halo could bid to continue his excellent record in handicaps in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on February 11. He recorded his third win from as many starts in handicap company with an excellent weight-carrying performance at Newbury on New Year's Eve.

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