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Vautour set to join the chase

Exciting novice chasing prospect Vautour could make his debut over fences at Navan on Sunday as he is among the entries for the 2m1f Irish Stallion Farms Beginners Chase at the Meath track.

The unbeaten hurdler who won the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March is the latest of Willie Mullins' big guns to be unleashed this season following on from Hurricane Fly last weekend and the potential starting of Faugheen's season at Aintree on Saturday.

Speaking of Vautour earlier in the season, Mullins said: "I would imagine the way he jumped hurdles that he will have no problem adapting to jump fences and we'll be going chasing with him."

Vautour blitzed the Supreme Novices' Hurdle field when making most of the running and powering up the hill to a six-length victory before stepping up in trip to take the 2m4f Tattersalls Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.

Grade One Punchestown Champion Bumper winner Shaneshill makes his hurdling debut today at Fairyhouse, while Annie Power is expected to start her season in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse at the end of the month.

Navan could stage a number of potentially exciting horses this Sunday with Pat Fahy's Western Boy also in the beginners chase, while the Grade Two Monksfield Novice Hurdle see' Gordon Elliott's Free Expression possibly taking on the Mags Mullins-trained Martello Tower.

Mullins has a number of entries in the opening maiden hurdle but the pick of them looks to be the Gigginstown-owned Tell Us More, who made light work of a Gowran Park bumper when winning by 12 lengths back in March.

The Ladbrokes Troytown Chase is also set to take centre stage with Tony Martin's Gallant Oscar the current 8/1 favourite for the prestigious three-mile handicap chase.

The in-form Liz Doyle is due to be represented by Subtle Ben and she said; "He won his beginners in Limerick but was under the weather for his first race of the season at Cork. I'm hoping he can step up from that back in a handicap. The ground could be an issue as he wouldn't want it heavy."


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