The five Gigginstown horses that Willie Mullins will miss most
Following the shock news that Gigginstown House Stud are to remove 60 horses from the care of Willie Mullins, we take a look at the five he could miss most:
1) APPLE'S JADE
Second in the Triumph Hurdle, she turned the form around with the winner of that race in no uncertain terms at Aintree when bolting up by an incredible 41 lengths. While she not surprisingly did not win by as far at Punchestown, her nine-length success confirmed her as the leading juvenile hurdler and a genuine Champion Hurdle contender this year.
2) DON POLI
Winner of the RSA Chase in 2015, he was a fair third in the Gold Cup and second to Cue Card at Aintree. He will still only be eight come March and whoever gets him in their yard has a true player in all the big three-mile chases. Mullins himself even mooted the Grand National one day.
A Grade One winner in February, he was a faller at Cheltenham and subsequently second in Grade Ones at Fairyhouse and Punchestown. There are surely big prizes to be won with him.
4) BLOW BY BLOW
Beaten on his racecourse debut in December, he won his next three bumpers, culminating in Grade One success at Punchestown, beating the classy Moon Racer. He looks sure to play a leading role in the top novice hurdles this season.
5) BELLO CONTI
Far less exposed than most he arrived at Cheltenham having had just one run for Mullins and finished fourth to stablemate Yorkhill and got even closer to that same rival at Aintree. He was then beaten at Punchestown but that run may have come too quick. There is plenty to come from him.