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Mullins hoping Sir Des can deliver Gold Cup glory

Willie Mullins hopes Sir Des Champs can end a long losing spell for the champion trainer in the Bet Online With The Tote.com Punchestown Gold Cup with victory in the Grade One feature at the County Kildare venue on Wednesday.

It is a race Mullins loves to win but he has drawn a blank since Florida Pearl was successful in 2002 despite having several horses placed.

He has the favourite this year in Sir Des Champs, who has shown himself to be the best staying chaser in Ireland by winning the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown in February as well as finishing second to Bobs Worth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

"It's a race I'd like to win. I think we may have won it but not recently. We've been second and third in it," Mullins told At The Races.

"I think the ground will be getting drier and suiting him and we are looking forward to it."

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