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Mullins expecting Zaid to shine

Published 11/02/2011 | 12:58

Willie Mullins. Photo: Getty Images
Willie Mullins. Photo: Getty Images

Willie Mullins expects his exciting youngster Zaidpour to show his true colours in Saturday's Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown.

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The French import made a hugely impressive start to his career in Ireland with a victory at Punchestown followed up by a demolition of his rivals in the Royal Bond.

He suffered an odds-on reverse at this track a couple of weeks later but Mullins is certain his charge is better than he showed that day.

"Paul (Townend) was waiting for him to come to life and to fire last time, but he didn't," Mullins told At The Races.

"A lot of people thought he came too late but that is Paul's style of riding and he has a much quieter style.

"The horse's natural ability got him to where he was, but I'm hoping he's better than he was the last day.

"We'll see tomorrow if he is back to the form that we think he's capable of, but it's a very hot race.

"At home, he always shows me plenty and we should know a lot more after Saturday."

Providing all goes well this weekend, Mullins sees the Supreme Novices' Hurdle as his most likely Cheltenham Festival target.

"Going on his Flat form, I don't think he'd have any problem running over two miles," the trainer continued.

"The Supreme would be the way I would see him going if all goes well tomorrow, but we've got to go to the races and see what happens."

The champion trainer also saddles Cottrelsbooley in the Deloitte and while he has plenty to find with his stable companion, he won readily in a maiden hurdle at the track last month.

"We think Cottrelsbooley prefers going left-handed and maybe he likes being ridden from the front," Mullins continued.

The French import made a hugely impressive start to his career in Ireland with a victory at Punchestown followed up by a demolition of his rivals in the Royal Bond.

He suffered an odds-on reverse at this track a couple of weeks later but Mullins is certain his charge is better than he showed that day.

"Paul (Townend) was waiting for him to come to life and to fire last time, but he didn't," Mullins told At The Races.

"A lot of people thought he came too late but that is Paul's style of riding and he has a much quieter style.

"The horse's natural ability got him to where he was, but I'm hoping he's better than he was the last day.

"We'll see tomorrow if he is back to the form that we think he's capable of, but it's a very hot race.

"At home, he always shows me plenty and we should know a lot more after Saturday."

Providing all goes well this weekend, Mullins sees the Supreme Novices' Hurdle as his most likely Cheltenham Festival target.

"Going on his Flat form, I don't think he'd have any problem running over two miles," the trainer continued.

"The Supreme would be the way I would see him going if all goes well tomorrow, but we've got to go to the races and see what happens."

The champion trainer also saddles Cottrelsbooley in the Deloitte and while he has plenty to find with his stable companion, he won readily in a maiden hurdle at the track last month.

"We think Cottrelsbooley prefers going left-handed and maybe he likes being ridden from the front," Mullins continued.

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