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Mullins keen to keep Poli and Valseur apart

Willie Mullins is keen to keep his two top-notch novice chasers apart with Don Poli and Valseur Lido in the mix for the Dr PJ Moriarty Chase.

Valseur Lido (pictured) was last seen winning the Drinmore Novice Chase by eight lengths from Apache Str onghold, while Don Poli beat the same Noel Meade runner by three lengths in the Topaz Novice Chase on Monday.

In recent seasons the Moriarty has been a good pointer towards the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival a month later.

Speaking of Valseur Lido, who like Don Poli is owned by Gigginstown House Stud, Mullins said: "He's a fair sort too and could be an RSA horse.

"The Moriarty is a race I had set out for him but I wouldn't want to put him and Don Poli together.

"We didn't want to run him at Christmas as it gave us more options then in January.

"He's in good form."