Friday 23 February 2018

Bundle Of Fun to get off mark for Mullins

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Bundle Of Fun can improve for his recent debut for Willie Mullins to land the opening Tote Placepot Maiden Hurdle at Ballinrobe tomorrow.

Imperial Joey, Rever Up and Minella King are respected, but it's hard to get away from Paul Townend's mount Bundle Of Fun given his performance when third at Roscommon. Having travelled well, he kept on to the line after landing flat-footed at the last.

That run came over what looked an inadequate two miles, and Bundle Of Fun's best efforts for his previous handler confirm as much.

Over an extra half a mile here, the eight-year-old -- Mullins' only runner of the day -- ought to secure a belated first success.

Also fancied at the Co Mayo venue is Kristal Komet in the EPS Pumps Handicap Hurdle. Despite featuring just nine runners, this is a competitive heat.

Acapulco Gold, successful in a maiden hurdle here a fortnight ago, has its first start in a handicap for Paul Nolan, as does last week's Tramore winner Shake The Bucket. Walden Prince is another that lines out on the back of a hurdling triumph, but it is the Tramore Flat victor Kristal Komet that appeals most.

Tracy Collins' four-year-old filly has been in good heart on the level in recent months, having previously shaped well in a better class of hurdle race during the winter. If her form translates, she could be very hard to beat now.

The John Monroe Haulage Handicap Hurdle is also well contested. Highdownhill, twice a winner at Sligo of late, comes here in peak of condition, while Fantastic Gold improved on his previous form to be second here last month. However, it is the third home on that occasion, the Paul Flynn-trained Dashing Ruby, that is preferred.

Unlucky not to be second then as a result of traffic problems late on, Davy Russell's partner will be 5lbs better off with Fantastic Gold tomorrow.

Russell might also be on the right one in Sense Of Awareness in the handicap chase. Having gradually been running into form, Liam Cusack's nine-year-old hit top gear when obliging at Tramore last week.

Meanwhile, jockey Noel Fehily hopes to be back in action shortly having been sidelined by a wrist injury since last November. He is just waiting to get approval to return to the saddle from BHA chief medical advisor Dr Michael Turner after proving his fitness to his surgeon and physiotherapist.

"All's going well, I'm making good progress and I'm ready to come back. I'm just waiting for the all-clear from Dr Turner," Fehily said.

Irish Independent

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