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Mullins left to rely on Upazo at Kempton


Willie Mullins. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Willie Mullins. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Willie Mullins. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

WILLIE MULLINS looks set to rely upon Upazo in the rearranged williamhill.com Levy Board Tolworth Hurdle at Kempton on Saturday as 11 entries were released yesterday.

Ireland's champion trainer had four to choose from at the original entry stage last week before the race was abandoned, but dual Fairyhouse winner Upazo is now his only possible option for the Grade One spectacle.

The switch from Sandown to Kempton has left connections of two of the leading British contenders with differing opinions on the matter.

Paul Nicholls' Irving, who is unbeaten in three tries over hurdles, was not going to run at Sandown but the transfer is expected to benefit him.

Dan Downie, who represents the six-year-old's owners, Axom, said: "Hopefully, the ground won't be anywhere near as bad at Kempton as it was at Sandown and it is supposed to dry up towards the end of the week, too.


"We'd have no qualms about running him on soft and as an ex-Flat horse we'd expect a sharper track like Kempton to suit him better than Sandown anyway."

David Pipe believes the opposite is true of his entry, Grade-One winning bumper horse The Liquidator.

The Pond House handler said: "The BHA has done well to rearrange the contest for Kempton this Saturday and should be applauded for doing so, although I am not convinced that the tight nature of the new venue will suit our charge as well as Sandown would have done."

Nicky Henderson could saddle Royal Boy, who finished third in the race last year, and Josses Hill.

Garde La Victoire, Amore Alato, Creepy and Zamdy Man have all been entered having not featured in the original confirmations last week.

Deep Trouble and Prince Siegfried complete the list of possible runners.