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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Mullins to consider unleashing Min over fences at Navan

Thomas Kelly

Published 23/11/2016 | 02:30

Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo: Seb Daly / Sportsfile
Trainer Willie Mullins. Photo: Seb Daly / Sportsfile

Hot prospect Min could make his debut over fences on Sunday after featuring among the entries for the beginners' chase at Navan.

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The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old had been the subject of positive reports even before making his debut for the Closutton maestro last winter and two impressive wins at Punchestown saw him sent off a favourite for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, where he found Nicky Henderson's Altior too strong.

Altior made a flying start to his career over fences at Kempton on Monday to confirm his place as ante-post favourite for the Arkle Trophy, with Min a best-priced 7/1 for the potential rematch at Prestbury Park next March.

Mullins, who won the same Navan contest with the brilliant Douvan last season, has also entered dual Grade One-winning hurdler Bellshill and Blazer. Other contenders include Jessica Harrington's Don't Touch It, a Grade One winner at Punchestown, and Henry de Bromhead's Fire In Soul. Joseph O'Brien has left in Edwulf, which fell over fences and hurdles last season.

"He's going chasing and we think he's a nice horse, he fell over fences at Navan and he also fell in a hurdle race last season, but he is a good jumper," said O'Brien.

Dual Cheltenham winner Cause Of Causes heads 47 horses in contention for the Ladbrokes Troytown Chase on the same day.

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In France, jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot chalked up a new European Flat record when a four-timer at Chantilly saw him post his 275th winner of the year.

Gordon Richards famously set a benchmark of 269 winners back in 1947, with German champion Peter Schiergen surpassing that target in 1995 with 271 victories.

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