Wednesday 25 April 2018

Willie Mullins reports 'no setbacks' for Christmas stars

Un de Sceaux
Un de Sceaux

Willie Mullins is happy with the condition of his Christmas aces after they all returned to their Closutton stables in rude health.

Mullins enjoyed numerous Grade One victories over the hectic festive schedule, though Un De Sceaux's fall at Leopardstown on December 27 was a sizeable blot on the landscape.

"They have all come out of Christmas well - no setbacks," said the trainer.

"Un De Sceaux is as fresh as paint after his fall and I am keen to run him soon.

"There are two races towards the end of this month that he is entered in, one in Ireland (Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown) and one in the UK (Clarence House Chase at Ascot).

"Long Dog has had a busy season so we might just go be easy on him now. He is unlikely to race again until Cheltenham.

"Another run before Cheltenham would be ideal for Vautour, but I'm not sure where yet.

"Faugheen, Nichols Canyon and Arctic Fire are all likely to run next in the BHP Irish Champion Hurdle."

Annie Power was not sighted over Christmas as she continues to progress from an injury, but Mullins has not yet ruled out giving her a prep run for the Cheltenham Festival.

He said: "Annie Power is coming on slowly but nicely, and I'm happy with where she is at the moment.

"We won't know until she steps up to the next stage of training whether she will have a run before Cheltenham, but the aim is Cheltenham."

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