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V for victory for Vautour

I remember a similar weekend last year writing a very similar piece. There was a couple of jump meetings on and Willie Mullins was dominating.It's now a familiar trend but there's still a lot to look forward to this weekend.

Today, it is Tell Us More in the maiden hurdle who I personally am most excited about and he's likely to be the shortest-price runner at Gowran Park on a card that the local trainer should take the lion's share.

Tell Us More cruised to a 12-length win at Gowran in a bumper last season but was forced to miss the Punchestown Festival when found to be lame the morning of his intended engagement but with a clear round he looks a real bright prospect for the future and his point-to-point experience should certainly stand to him.

Tell Us More runs in the colours of Gigginstown House Stud, as does the Mullins selection in the beginners chase, Don Poli, who is set to embark on his new career over the larger obstacles. The Cheltenham Festival winner will be another one at short odds to oblige.

Also on today's card, Ballycasey lines up in the feature Race That Stops A County Chase where he is joint top-rated of the nine runners alongside Henry de Bromhead's Moscow Mannon.

Both trainers are in great form at the moment and this could well turn in to a real good tussle but Ballycasey is expected to come out on top.

Of course, not to be forgotten is Faugheen across the water in the Coral Hurdle as the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle winner steps up his Champion Hurdle credentials.

Tomorrow, in the same colours, Vautour will bid to fulfil his lofty reputation in the beginners chase fat Navan for which he should be a very short price.

Vautour has been described by many as potentially one of the most exciting horses of the season, so hopefully he'll put in a clear round at Navan where the fences can often take some jumping.

Free Expression in the Grade Two novice hurdle and He'lberemembered in the Troytown are two non-Mullins residents worth noting tomorrow.

12.30 Wrap Star

1.05 Tell Us More

1.35 Sizing John

2.10 Mystic Lass

2.45 Ballycasey

3.20 Don Poli

3.55 Swiftmarc

navan (TOmorrow)

12.25 Milsean

12.55 Free Expression

1.25 Glenquest

1.55 Vautour

2.25 He'lberemembered

2.55 Gallant Oscar

3.25 Lyrical Theatre


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