Saturday 14 December 2019

Getabird soars in Festival audition

Getabird, with Paul Townend up, in action last month
Getabird, with Paul Townend up, in action last month Sportsdesk

Getabird will head straight for the Cheltenham Festival in March after he maintained his unbeaten record with a dominant display in the Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.

Willie Mullins' charge was cut to as short as 3/1 favourite for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March and is a best-priced 10/1 for the longer Ballymore Properties Novices' Hurdle. "He jumped fantastic and way better than on his first run," said Mullins. "I was a bit worried whether he would be able to jump at the speed they would be going here. He jumped out, made his own running, and jumped very well. I'm very happy to have won that race with him."

He went on: "I don't know what route we're going to go, but you'd have to think as a Supreme Novices' trial that he'd be good enough for that, but he'll certainly be entered for the other races like the Ballymore. Jumping the way he did, that brings the Supreme into the picture.

"After his first run I was a little bit worried, but certainly the way he was there he'd be well able to jump with any novice."

Earlier, Invitation Only led his rivals a merry dance in the Total Event Rental (Kildare) Novice Chase. The Mullins-trained seven-year-old travelled strongly in the two-and-a-half-mile contest and had his rivals on the stretch turning for home.

Stablemate Koshari threatened to make a race of it jumping the final fence, but Invitation Only quickened up well on the run-in to score by two-and-a-half lengths.

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