Mullins hoping to hit target with Blue Bullet at Tipperary
Ireland's champion National Hunt trainer Willie Mullins breaks new ground today when he saddles Blue Bullet in the Listed Danehill Dancer Tipperary Stakes.
A winner at Cork on his debut on heavy ground, the Red Clubs colt steps back to the minimum distance on the advice of jockey Gary Carroll.
Mullins is no stranger to plundering big prizes on the level with his older dual purpose horses, but admits he is something of a novice when it comes to training two-year-olds.
"I'm not sure the race he won at Cork has worked out very well, but there are very few other opportunities to run him," said Mullins.
"Hopefully he'll handle the ground, he handled it on his debut, but we are coming back in trip with him tomorrow because when Gary rode him the last day he said he'd be better off over five for the time being. We'll see how he gets on.
"One thing I haven't had, I don't think, is a runner in a two-year-old Listed race. I have plenty of horses that can run on the Flat but I've never had many two-year-olds.
"I don't take them anywhere else to work, we do it all at home, so we're never quite sure what we've got."
David Wachman won last year's renewal with the speedy Requinto and this time runs Slope. The Acclamation filly finished third to subsequent Cherry Hinton winner Sendmylovetorose at the Curragh last time out.
"Her form has been franked by the winner, which was nice," said Wachman. "She's in good form and she deserves to take her chance.
"Unfortunately, she's had nothing but soft ground this year so while it might be a little better, it will still be holding. She's entitled to run."
The Tommy Stack-trained Dylanbaru may not run unless the ground dries appreciably.
Third in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, his one disappointing run came at Tipperary on heavy going when last of three.
Fozzy Stack, the trainer's son and assistant, said: "He ran well at Royal Ascot but we're just hoping it continues to dry out. They haven't had any rain there for a couple of days now.
"We'll have to see how it is in the morning and decide then whether it's worth running him or not -- the drier the better.
"The ground at Ascot wasn't too bad, but the only bad race he's run came on very soft ground and he didn't go on it, so there's no point in asking him to again.
"If he doesn't run we might take him over to England for the Molecomb at Goodwood."