Saturday 1 October 2016

Canyon seeking fourth Grade One

Published 30/04/2015 | 15:41

Nichols Canyon
Nichols Canyon

Nichols Canyon spearheads a four-strong team from Willie Mullins as the trainer hunts further Punchestown Festival success in the Grade One Tattersalls Ireland Champion Novice Hurdle.

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The Authorized gelding, third to Windsor Park in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, regained the winning thread and recorded his third Grade One success of the campaign last time in the Mersey Novices' Hurdle at Aintree.

Ruby Walsh is again aboard Andrea and Graham Wylie's five-year-old, while Paul Townend takes over on Sempre Medici who really stepped up last time at Fairyhouse when taking the Grade Two Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Novice Hurdle in fine style.

"Nichols Canyon is in good form since Aintree and I'm very pleased with him," said Mullins.

"Sempre Medici won well at Fairyhouse and is improving all the time, while Outlander was second to Shaneshill at Fairyhouse and deserves to take his chance. McKinley will also run."

Gigginstown also has four runners in this two-and-a-half-mile event as together with Outlander and McKinley, they also field Alpha Des Obeaux and No More Heroes.

The Sandra Hughes-trained Phil's Magic completes the line-up.

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