Sunday 21 July 2019

Red Mills Chase 'only option' for Anibale - Martin

Willie Mullins could have a sizeable team at his local track with Al Boum Photo a possible runner having been also been taken out of the Irish Gold Cup due to good ground (stock photo)
Willie Mullins could have a sizeable team at his local track with Al Boum Photo a possible runner having been also been taken out of the Irish Gold Cup due to good ground (stock photo)
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Tony Martin hopes that Anibale Fly can get his season back on track when tackling a mouthwatering Grade Two Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park on Saturday.

The unsuitably dry conditions mean that last year's Gold Cup third has had just one run this term when outpaced in the Hilly Way Chase before Christmas and time is running out before next month's blue riband. The nine-year-old was scratched from the Savills Chase and the Irish Gold Cup and Martin is desperate to have a prep run.

"It looks like the Red Mills is our only option now. He's in good form and we have done plenty with him since his run at Cork, but I'd like to get another run into him to sharpen him up," the Meath trainer said.

Henry de Bromhead's Monalee is among a strong opposition and he looks set to renew rivalries with Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy (11/4) having chased him home in last year's RSA Chase.

Pat Kelly's charge returns to the Kilkenny track having landed the Galmoy Hurdle in a pleasing seasonal reappearance last month and all eyes will be on the eight-year-old as he goes through his final preparations before Cheltenham.

Willie Mullins could have a sizeable team at his local track with Al Boum Photo a possible runner having been also been taken out of the Irish Gold Cup due to good ground.

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