26 April, 2013

AUTHOR: Star Sports Content

Which idiot said Mullins was out of form?

STAR EVENT: Sandown 3.50
Sandown Park
TIME: 3.50pm

We told you Willie Mullins was out of form.

Only five winners at Punchestown yesterday. What’s wrong with the man? just shocking that he didn’t go through the card.

In truth I felt we dodged a bullet (and more egg on the face) when Solwhit – yesterday’s selection – was withdrawn at the start on veterinary advice.

Whilst it robbed us of the best match-up of the week, such was the irrepressible form of Mullins yesterday and the stylish way in which Queen Quevega won that we might have been playing second fiddle all along and as Star Sports fans know – a non runner is the next best thing to a winner.

Talking of non runners, and Mullins for that matter, Pont Alexander has been taken out (lame) of the Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) on today’s card at Punchestown.

Mullins could easily still win it with Un Atout who was fourth, at a respectable distance, behind stablemate Champagne Fever in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Earlier in the afternoon, the remarkable Hurricane Fly will be long odds-on to land the Punchestown Champion Hurdle for a fourth successive year and land his 16th Grade One – for the IN-FORM (there we said it – happy?) Willie Mullins.

We head to Esher though for the bet of the day (after the NR yesterday we are still bidding for FOUR WINNERS in-a-row!). The 3.50 at Sandown looks good for Mujazif who looked strong when losing his maiden tag at Newmarket and should prove too strong for Kempton Polytrack debut winner Queensberry Rules.

(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)
4 points win MUJAZIF (3.50 Sandown)

(0 points Thursday)

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