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Mullins set to claim cottage

Punchestown stage their penultimate meeting prior to the Irish National Hunt Festival there at the end of April, with the BoyleSports Tied Cottage Chase the feature event, and for the second year in a row it could be a race heading the way of the champion trainer Willie Mullins.

Hidden Cyclone went into the weekend as race favourite for Shark Hanlon and Andrew McNamara as he builds up for a return to the Cheltenham Festival where he was second in last year's Ryanair Chase.

This time around the Queen Mother Champion Chase is set to be his target and it will probably be top of Twinlight's agenda too if he can frank the form from their Christmas meeting in the Dial-A-Bet at Leopardstown where the eight-year-old ran out a four and three parts of a length winner under Paul Townend.

Ruby Walsh takes over on this occasion and although Twinlight has a Grade One penalty and is conceding 8lbs to Hidden Cyclone, Twinlight is expected to oblige.

Unsurprisingly, it is another big afternoon for Mullins who sends a formidable team to the home of Irish jump racing and in the listed novice hurdle he is double-handed with Aminabad and the Tramore debut winner Avant Tout, who is selected to make it two from two, albeit a tentative selection in a trappy race.

In the same colours as Avant Tout, Mullins will also give a hurdling start to recent purchase Open Eagle. The six-year-old was bought at the end of last year by the Supreme Racing Club after winning the November Handicap at Doncaster.

There will always be plenty of action in the Punchestown cross country races and tomorrow should be no different with Quantitativeeasing expected to return to winning ways for the first time since December 2011.

With the prospect of snow and frost over the weekend, officials at Punchestown will continue to monitor the situation ahead of racing.

12.50 Los Amigos

1.20 Ballyadam Approach

1.55 Morning Run

2.30 Minella Berry

3.05 Velvet Maker

3.40 Missyspet

4.15 Whistle Dixie

punchestown tomorrow

1.40 Quantitativeeasing

2.10 Open Eagle

2.40 Avant Tout

3.10 Mydor

3.40 Twinlight

4.10 Portrait King

4.40 General Principle


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