There was a surprise winner in Navan on Sunday as the Willie Mullins trained Boston Bob won the Grade Novice Hurdle in some style. The horse upset hot favourite Mount Benbulben to the surprise of many and he now looks a horse to watch as we head towards the Cheltenham Festival. Mullins clearly thinks a lot of the horse and it will be interesting where he goes next with his best trip still up for question. The win at Navan was over the 2m 4f distance but there is some thought he could be best over three miles which leaves his Cheltenham route open at this stage. The Mullins yard has been in hot form as always this season and they looked to have unearthed another star in Boston Bob with the horse winning the same race won by the likes of Mikael D'Haguenet and Oscars Well in the past.
Much was thought of the pre race favourite at Navan, Mount Benbulben, who after his early season success had been installed as one of the favourites in the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle. His defeat by Boston Bob has seen his Cheltenham Festival price drift with the Willie Mullins going in the opposite direction as he is now the second favourite for the three mile novice hurdle. The staying novice hurdle division is looking particularly crowded at the moment with a number of horses being backed for the Albert Bartlett and the Neptune at the Festival. Ante-pst favourite for both races is the unbeaten Fingal Bay who has proven to be highly progressive with connections only to decide his preferred trip. The connections of Boston Bob are in a similar situation as they wait to decide his Cheltenham race but either way he could be a horse to follow in 2012.