Tuesday 21 November 2017

Mullins unveils Bumper entry

Willie Mullins
Willie Mullins

Ante-post favourite Bordini is one of eight possible runners for Willie Mullins after 46 horses were entered for the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival on March 11.

Mullins has won the £60,000 contest a record eight times and Bordini heads this year's team following runaway victories at Punchestown and Navan.

The County Carlow handler has also entered Au Quart De Tour, Bellshill, Livelovelaugh, Pylonthepressure, Stone Hard, Turcagua and Up For Review.

Dermot Weld, successful last year with Silver Concorde, has a leading contender again this year with Vigil, who finished a close fifth to his stable companion last year and has won on his only start this season.

The pick of the British-trained contingent includes Moon Racer (David Pipe), a winner at Cheltenham in October, and Wait For Me (Philip Hobbs), who was very impressive when successful on debut as Ascot on February 14.

Emma Lavelle intends on running See The World, an astonishing winner at Wincanton at the end of January.

The five-year-old appeared to have lost all chance when hanging badly rounding the home bend, but somehow got back on an even keel and finished powerfully to make a winning debut.

Lavelle told At The Races: " At the moment, it's the plan to run.

"If I have any doubts with him, he won't go, but, as things are at the moment, he's come out of the race really well and is doing everything nicely.

"I think he deserves a crack at the race, so long as everything remains good with him.

"He'd shown plenty at home, but he'd never come off the bridle.

"If he finds himself in front and still cantering at the Festival we know he really is a good horse, but the chances are there'll be something to give him a lead all the way."

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