Thursday 22 February 2018

Vinny set for hurdles

Cousin Vinny will revert to timber when he bids for a second triumph at the Cheltenham Festival next month.

The 2008 Champion Bumper hero has found life tough over fences this season, twice being beaten at odds-on and finishing fifth to Citizen Vic at Leopardstown.

"His fencing is too deliberate, so I'm going to call a halt to his chasing career for now," trainer Willie Mullins said. "The World Hurdle will be his March target."

Mullins' RSA Chase winner Cooldine is on course for a return to Cheltenham in the Gold Cup. "Cooldine should keep improving now in the run-up to Cheltenham," Mullins added.

Sunday Independent

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