Friday 19 January 2018

Spring time perfect for Parisienne

Petite Parisienne (left) serves it up to Kalkir at Leopardstown
Petite Parisienne (left) serves it up to Kalkir at Leopardstown

Petite Parisienne headed a Willie Mullins one-two after a thrilling climax to the Gala Retail Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown.

The four-year-old filly opened her account over jumps at Grade One level as she got the better of her stable companion Kalkir.

The pair treated racegoers to a tremendous finish, with Bryan Cooper driving Petite Parisienne (6-1) home by a length and three-quarters from Ruby Walsh on the 5-4 favourite. Prussian Eagle was third.

Mullins said: "I'm happy with both of them and both will go to Cheltenham for the Triumph. That was a good prep run.

"Hopefully both of them will improve from that and they are two nice horses to be going with. I also have Dicosimo who will go there as well."

Cooper said: "She's a grand filly. We went a good gallop and she came back on the bridle pretty strong going down to the last.

"I was always confident. It rode a good race and she's tough. It was a big help getting the allowance as a filly and she's going the right way."

RaceBets and Paddy Power quote Petite Parisienne at 10-1 from 25-1 for the JCB Triumph Hurdle.

Who's That (20-1) was third in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle 12 months ago and went two better off a 1lb lower mark this time, beating Misty Lady by a length and a quarter.

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