Saturday 21 September 2019

Vautour entered in Ascot weekend feature for Willie Mullins


Vautour could make his eagerly-awaited seasonal debut in the Stella Artois 1965 Chase at Ascot on Saturday.

Trainer Willie Mullins has given the exciting six-year-old an entry in the Grade Two contest over an extended two miles and five furlongs.

"I've put him in at Ascot and I'm happy with him," said Mullins.

Vautour, a Cheltenham Festival winner for the last two years, won three of his four starts over fences term which culminated in his fantastic JLT Novices' Chase success in March.

As well as at Ascot, he also holds entries next month in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase and in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Ptit Zig is set to line up following his recent victory in the Powers Irish Whiskey Chase at Down Royal.

Trainer Paul Nicholls reports his talented six-year-old in good form but that he will need to improve should Vautour cross the Irish Sea.

"He is fine since coming back from Ireland but he wants to be fine, and to find a bit more, if Vautour comes over," said the Ditcheat handler.

Vautour looks to have frightened away some potential opposition as the race has been re-opened until Tuesday due to insufficient entries.

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