Mullins hoping Max can be dynamite at Sandown
Willie Mullins is looking to see Max Dynamite recapture the brilliant form which saw him narrowly miss out on winning the Melbourne Cup when he reappear in today's Henry II Stakes at Sandown.
Before going so close Down Under Max Dynamite was a breathtaking winner of the Lonsdale Cup at York, with the likes of Clever Cookie, Trip To Paris and Big Orange trailing in his wake.
Mullins would have preferred an earlier comeback with the Ascot Gold Cup in mind, but if Max Dynamite is to head off on his travels again it might not be the worst preparation given the Melbourne Cup is not until November.
"He's in good form," said Mullins. "I had hoped to get him out before now actually, but we'll let him take in this. The ground should be ideal for him, which is a bonus.
"The two obvious targets we're looking at, all going well, are the Gold Cup and the Melbourne Cup.
"How hard it will be to get him to peak in June and then November again, I don't know, but that's what we're doing. He has to show us that he's in the same sort of form that he was last season and then he needs to maintain that. We're looking for a good run to show he's back to himself and it should put him right for Ascot."
Paddy Twomey, meanwhile, will keep the big Ascot meeting in mind for his impressive Curragh winner Van Der Decken.
The Dutch Art colt landed a monster gamble when running out a stylish winner of a strong-looking six-furlong maiden on Sunday.
"He was impressive and I was happy with him," said Twomey. "We'll keep Ascot in mind for him, for sure. He's come out of it in good form and I think he'll prefer a bit nicer ground."