'Buttercup' leads Cesarewitch raiders
There is a strong Irish presence in tomorrow's English Cesarewitch with champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins making a three-pronged attack led by favourite Buildmeupbuttercup (4/1).
The Closutton maestro landed the €400,000 Newmarket handicap prize 12 months ago with Low Sun, and Buildmeupbuttercup - which will be partnered by Frankie Dettori - is sure to have her supporters having just been touched off in a decent contest on Irish Champions Weekend.
Mullins also saddles Great White Shark (10/1) and Stratum (16/1) while his brother Tony sends over Party Playboy (33/1) and nephew Emmet looks to continue his meteoric rise with Sneaky Getaway (20/1).
Champion flat trainer Aidan O'Brien relies on Cypress Creek (33/1) to land his first Cesarewitch while Tony Martin's Mr Everest (20/1) and Harry Kelly's Great Tango (25/1) complete the Irish team among the 31 runners in the dour stamina test.
O'Brien has another nice juvenile on his hands with Peaceful (8/11 favourite) coasting home by seven lengths on her second start in the opening maiden at Thurles yesterday.
The Ballydoyle filly made huge strides from her debut effort at Leopardstown with jockey Donnacha O'Brien revealing that the daughter of Galileo is still "very raw" but that she "could be smart" in the future.
Today's Irish action at Dundalk sees healthy field numbers on a quality eight-race card which is headed by the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Red God Handicap (7.45).
O'Brien's Eminence is one of six three-year-olds in the field but looks a tad exposed having underperformed in similar contests and is taken on.
The same cannot be said of Dermot Weld's Kattani, however, and after disappointing last time, Andrew Slattery's mount is taken to bounce back and land the €50,000 prize.