Saturday 10 December 2016

Willie Mullins keen on Min claims in Supreme at Cheltenham

Published 24/02/2016 | 16:36

Willie Mullins
Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins has compared Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle favourite Min favourably against stable stars Vautour and Faugheen at the same stage of their careers.

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There was no secret how highly Min was rated at Mullins' Closutton yard prior to his Punchestown debut in December and he did not disappoint as he landed odds of 4-11 with the minimum of fuss.

Stepped up to Grade Two company next time out he was even more impressive, despite racing keenly, and even Mullins himself was impressed.

"All the form lines are coming back good with Ball D'Arc winning (a Grade Two) in Naas. Everything that runs from his races compliments him," Mullins told At The Races.

"I think he's as good as Faugheen and Vautour were (when they went to Cheltenham as novices). What he did the last day, having pulled so hard, he was really hard on himself throughout the race and then to pick up again and go away I thought was very good.

"He's followed near enough the same route as Vautour and Douvan and they are two hot horses to follow. Whether he's as good as those two I don't know, but he's doing everything they did.

"I don't think the occasion will bother him, we've not had problems in the parade ring and he'd be no different than any horse going to Cheltenham for the first time."

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