With September fast approaching, the majority if National Hunt fans are busy preparing a list of horses to follow this winter but one who may have slipped through the net for some is the ultra talented Killultagh Vic. Willie Mullins does already of course have an embarrassment of riches but he will no doubt be looking to get this hugely talented 7YO back on track sooner rather than later and he could still be a real star of the sport.
How Good Is Killultagh Vic?
Killultagh Vic had won four races on the trot when connections were forced to pull up stumps on his season back in January with the horse unbeaten up to that point during his novice chase career.
He is perhaps best known for his most recent win which came at Leopardstown back in January and ultimately ended his campaign. On its own it only looks like average form but it came in remarkable fashion as the horse was brought to a standstill after the last having slipped on landing. Somehow, Ruby Walsh managed to get the horse going from a standing start to get up and claim an unlikely win in the Grade 2 2m3f Novice Chas in a result that saw social media explode.
That slip forced the horse to miss the rest of the season but the future remains bright for a horse who does still remain lightly raced and could still have any amount of improvement to come.
There is no doubting that his best piece of form came at Punchestown back in 2015 when he beat a then virtually unknown Thistlecrack in the Grade 1 Novice Hurdle and as bare form, that now looks second to none given what the horse he beat that day has gone on to achieve.
What Does The Future Hold?
Well this is where it gets exciting for fans and punters looking to follow Killultagh Vic with the future clearly bright for this horse over fences. He looks versatile when it comes to trip with Mullins already stating that this horse can perform anywhere between 2m-3m which opens up a whole host of opportunities.
With Douvan likely to dominant at the minimum trip we should expect Killultagh Vic to avoid him and who knows, maybe the Champion Irish Trainer will be happy to send him to the Bet Victor Gold Cup (formerly the Paddy Power) at Cheltenham in November as a 2nd season chaser?
When it comes to a potential long term Cheltenham Festival target then there is no doubt his current price of 20/1 with Bet 365 to win the Ryanair Chase next March is a more than fair price for such a talented horse. That could put him on a collision course with defending hero and stable-mate Vautour but make no mistake, Killultagh Vic is a horse of the very highest order and one we shouldn't' forget.