Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Stars heads Mullins team

Willie Mullins is responsible for four of the seven five-day acceptors for the Bar One Racing Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

The Carlow trainer dominates the possibles for the Grade One over two and a half miles with a quartet headed by Thousand Stars.

Mourad, fourth to stablemate Hurricane Fly in this race last year, could try again, while Mikael D'Haguenet and Final Approach complete the Mullins foursome.

Colm Murphy's talented mare Voler La Vedette is likely to attempt to follow her Lismullen Hurdle success at Navan, while Edward O'Grady's progressive The Real Article and the Dermot Weld-trained filly Unaccompanied make up the seven.

First Lieutenant and Last Instalment are two of the headline names in an eight-strong entry for the Drinmore Novice Chase on the same card.

Mouse Morris has kept things relatively low-key with First Lieutenant so far, but two Grade Three victories in three starts over fences have now prompted him to raise his sights.

Paul Nolan has two contenders in Alpha Ridge and Shinrock Paddy, while Tony Martin is also double-handed at present with Gift Of Dgab and Bog Warrior.

Meanwhile, David Pipe's consistent staying hurdler Lough Derg has been retired after he was pulled up behind Overturn in the Coral Hurdle.

Irish Independent

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