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Punchestown News

Punchestown News: Mullins sends strong team in bid to build on great record

Posted: 31st Jan 2016

Felix Younger / Ruby Walsh - Navan 14/12/2015

Felix Younger (gold and black): the mount of Ruby Walsh

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)  

Mullins sends strong
team in for Tied Cottage

3.00 Punchestown

BoyleSports Tied Cottage Chase (Grade 2) | 2m, 5yo+ | ATR

WILLIE MULLINS runs Felix Yonger, Twinlight and Mozoltov as he bids to snare this Grade 2 for the third time in six years.

The trainer landed the contest with Golden Silver in 2011 and Arvika Ligeonniere two years ago.

Felix Yonger will be ridden by Ruby Walsh, with Bryan Cooper aboard Mozoltov, who is rated 8lb below his stablemate and receives exactly that amount of weight due to the conditions of the race.

Twinlight has it all to prove on this season's form and his rider Paul Townend will surely approach the race more in hope than confidence.

Flemenstar made up for lost time with a dramatic Grade 1 win at Christmas at Leopardstown, a race notable for the fall of Un De Sceaux. He may have been helped by Simply Ned idling in front on that occasion but his confidence will have been helped by a first win since November 2013.

Days Hotel is on a lengthy losing run. His last success was in February 2014, although he has a sequence of placed efforts in decent races to his name since.

What they say
Willie Mullins, trainer of Felix Yonger, Twinlight and Mozoltov
Three of Felix Yonger's seven wins have come at this track. He's been in good form this season and handles testing ground better than he did when he was younger. We were pleased with Mozoltov's recent effort at Fairyhouse. The race conditions suit him and he has a serious chance. Twinlight has been very disappointing so far this season. His record shows he's capable of a lot better and we're just hoping he shows signs of a return to form. It's hard to be confident about his chance but he handles testing ground well.

Anthony Curran, trainer of Flemenstar
He's in good form. It was brilliant to win at Christmas and we couldn't believe it, it was a bit of a dream and we'll never forget it. He's probably not quite as good as he was, with age catching up, but he still loves the game. It's a competitive renewal.

Henry de Bromhead, trainer of Days Hotel
Jonathan [Burke] is not riding and Davy Russell will ride. The horse is in good nick. I think the trip suits him better. He is getting a bit of weight off some of the others. I think he'll run well, he's in super form and will love the ground. I'd be delighted if he were in the first two.

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