Red-hot Arctic Fire will be difficult to beat
Champion Hurdle runner-up Arctic Fire is likely to be a warm order in today's Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle over two-and-a-half miles at Fairyhouse.
The six-year-old gelding finished his last campaign when also placed at Punchestown in May and made a pleasing reappearance when beating Monksland in the Grade Two Lismullen Hurdle at Navan earlier this month. If successful, this would be his first victory at Grade One level.
Patrick Mullins, son and assistant to his father, Willie, said: "He's as good at two-and-a-half as he is over two miles. He is versatile. He should be difficult to beat."
The Mullins yard is also represented by the lightly raced but unbeaten Clondaw Court. He has landed a bumper and three hurdle races, but has been off since November last year. Patrick Mullins said of the eight-year-old: "Clondaw Court is a very big horse with a huge engine. We see him as a Grade One horse."
Bottom-weight Gwencily Berbas receives 4lb from six rivals and is an interesting runner for Barry Connell and Alan Fleming, who said: "He's such a tall horse. Chasing will be his game, but he looks good enough to win nice pots over hurdles. He's going to have to prove he's a Grade One horse, but it's the natural progression for him."
Sunday Indo Sport