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Mullins Unleashes Strong Team For Grade One Feast At Leopardstown On Sunday

Friday 6th February 2015
Willie Mullins

Four mouth-watering Grade 1 events will take place at Leopardstown on Sunday afternoon, as we are handed a multitude of Cheltenham Festival clues throughout the afternoon and the feature event will see Willie Mullins unleash a strong duo in what is a wide open renewal of the Irish Hennessy Gold Cup.

On His Own and Boston Bob will carry the flag for the County Carlow master and they both will be aiming to book their place in the Cheltenham Gold Cup with a positive display here, but they will have to get the better of reigning Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere.

Beaten in last season's Irish Hennessy Gold Cup, Jim Culloty's stable star then produced a career best when edging out the aforementioned On His Own at Cheltenham and he will aim to put in a positive display here before heading back to Prestbury Park next month.

Carlingford Lough has attracted some significant Gold Cup support in recent weeks and he will put his credentials on the line in this top notch renewal, whilst the likes of the progressive Foxrock and First Lieutenant add tremendous depth to this event.

The flurry of Grade 1 races kick off at 1:15pm on Sunday and Kalkir will aim to launch back into the Triumph Hurdle picture with victory in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle, but this premier trial that has a fine record of producing Triumph contenders will also see Gordon Elliott's Vercingetorix take his chance.

Alvisio Ville has been backed off the boards for the Neptune Novices' Hurdle in recent days and Willie Mullins' exciting youngster will take his chance in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle, as he looks to follow in the footsteps of Vautour and Champagne Fever, who have both landed glory in this race before going on to win at Cheltenham a month later.

The Grade 1 quartet will be completed with the Flogas Novice Chase and it's that man Mullins who is the dominant figure once again as Valseur Lido will be a red-hot favourite for the 2m 5f contest, but in Apache Stronghold and Adriana Des Mottes he will have some notable rivals going for glory.

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