WILLIE MULLINS will bid to continue his incredible recent run of form when Cork’s Sunday fixture gets the go-ahead tomorrow.
The champion trainer hit Punchestown with a four-timer on Sunday to bring his tally to 12 winners at the last four Irish meetings, but on the same day Cork was postponed due to heavy rainfall.
That meeting now gets the green light and new recruit to the yard, Felix Yonger, looks set |to be another winner for the Closutton outfit.
The five-year-old was actually trained by Willie’s brother |Tony before being sold to Graham and Andrea Wylie to be trained by Howard Johnson.
He remains under that ownership but is now in the care of Ireland’s leading trainer and should open his account in the www.racinghomeforeaster.com Maiden Hurdle.
Up The Beat is a rather more tentative selection for the INH Stallion Owners EBF Beginners Chase but he has some decent enough hurdling form to suggest he could make a winning debut over the larger obstacles.
As well, his father, amateur Patrick Mullins, has enjoyed a rich run of things of late and holds strong claims in the opener when riding Local Celebrity for the TCD Horse Racing Society Club, but he |may just be touched off on |this occasion by the Michael Hourigan-trained Ballysteen.
Tony Martin’s Psycho appears to have the race conditions of the Follow Us On Facebook Hurdle to suit him so should take a bit of beating, while Memories Of Milan hasn’t been seen since falling at Killarney in August but is chosen to put |that behind him here and hold the top weight Pineau De Re.
Pandorama has been ruled out for the entire season after |failing to fully recover from an injury sustained in March’s Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Last year's Lexus Chase |winner finished seventh on unsuitably fast ground in the Prestbury Park blue riband and returned home sore. Trainer Noel Meade had hoped his |star chaser would be able to defend his Lexus crown at Leopardstown over Christmas, but he has been forced to write off the full campaign.
“We've decided to give him the year off,” said Meade. “He was very sore after Cheltenham and had a bit of heat in a leg.
“We've tried to take it slowly with him since he came back in but the heat has come back, and I thought I'm not going to take any chances with him.
“You always worry when they get heat in a leg like that and we'll have to see what happens after he's had a break.”
Kieren Fallon has been fined |a total of £3,140 by the disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority over his failure to arrive in time to |take his first two rides at Chester on May 5.
The BHA looked into the circumstances surrounding Fallon's late arrival at the course to ride Fred Willetts and Forte Dei Marmi. The six-time champion jockey was given the lion's share of the fine, £3,000, after being found guilty of deliberately misleading a BHA employee, William Nunneley, who was head of stewarding at the course that day. The BHA will publish the full reasons for its decisions in due course.