Talking Horses: Mullins on Yorkhill, Douvan and his Cheltenham contenders

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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. blogposts Read more Share via Email Quick guide Horse racing tips for Tuesday 27 February Thank you for your feedback. Horse racing tips Share on Pinterest To no one’s great surprise, the card at Catterick has failed to pass an inspection and the turf cards scheduled for Musselburgh and Market Rasen on Wednesday have also been abandoned. Chelmsford City, however, will race on the all-weather as planned, which means that with Lingfield also getting the go-ahead, racing will defy the Beast with a total of 13 races on Tuesday.Jorvik Dancer (4.15) is probably the pick of the prices in the sprint handicap at Chelmsford City. He completed a swift hat-trick in late December and early January but remains fairly weighted on the pick of his recent form and is a fair bet at around 11-4. Carolinae (3.30) should also go well at Lingfield, but with the Cheltenham Festival now imminent, punters may well spend some time instead looking at the ante-post markets. Willie Mullins, the leading trainer at the Festival in four of the last five seasons, opened his doors to the media on Monday, and here is a round-up of his comments on some of his leading contenders. Un De Sceaux (Ryanair Chase): “He’s done tremendously well all season. He’s the ultimate iron horse and he’s in great condition, though we’ve still plenty to work on before Cheltenham. Everything is going well with him.” Willie Mullins opens the stable door for Douvan v Altior at Cheltenham Since you’re here… Hide Lingfield 2.00 Ask The Guru 2.30 Walk In The Sun 3.00 Abe Lincoln 3.30 Caronlinae (nb) 4.00 Attain 4.30 Ravenhoe 5.00 Dukes MeadowCatterick 2.10 Pixiepot 2.40 Ilaya 3.10 Very First Time 3.40 Luckime 4.10 Chain Of Beacons 4.40 Chu Chu Percy   Chelmsford 2.15 I Was Only Joking 2.45 Babette 3.15 Tellovoi 3.45 Mambo Dancer 4.15 Jorvik Prince (nap) 4.45 Avocet – Tips by Greg Wood. Horse racing Douvan (Champion Chase): “He’s been doing everything right and has a few more bits of work to do this week. I’d imagine he’d go for the Champion Chase all being well, and so far, all is well. He had a problem in his hind end last year, and this year, it was his front. But he seems to be fine at the moment and everything is holding shape. I don’t think he needs to school. I don’t want to jump him, I don’t want to risk it.”Yorkhill (Champion Hurdle or Ryanair Chase): “He’s not a great work horse at home. He’s very lazy and on the racetrack he idles a little bit when he gets to the front. I’ve always thought maybe we should have a crack at a Champion Hurdle with him, but he would be a nice one to have along with Un De Sceaux in the Ryanair. We’ll leave a decision until much later but I’d say it’s probably 60-40 for the Champion Hurdle.”Djakadam (Gold Cup): “He’s been disappointing this year but this could be the most open Gold Cup he’s competed in. His form hasn’t been good enough on the track, he hasn’t fired like he has in other seasons.”Killultagh Vic (Gold Cup): “I thought he looked in a very good position jumping the last [in the Irish Gold Cup, where he fell]. He had the momentum going to the last and looked like he was going away. I’m hopeful he will have learned.”Total Recall (Gold Cup): “Our aim with him is the Grand National, but I thought we probably needed to go for the Gold Cup. He’s a relaxed horse, he jumps very economically, and I think that will suit him around Cheltenham.” Footpad (Arkle Trophy): “He has a beautiful method of jumping. He always had ability over hurdles but his method of jumping has catapulted him right to the top [over fences].” Talking Horses Show Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Topics Faugheen (Champion Hurdle): “It was great when he came out the first day [in the Morgiana Hurdle] and won, and he ran a grand race, way better than at Christmas anyhow, last time. But he’ll have to up his game to go and win at Cheltenham. He might not need to be as good as he once was, and I think he’s still competitive.” Melon (Champion Hurdle): “He didn’t face his hood when we tried him in it last time so we’ll take all the gear off at Cheltenham.”Rathvinden (RSA Chase/National Hunt Chase): “He could go any trip, and I think the four-miler [National Hunt Chase] could be the way that we’ll go.”Penhill (Stayers’ Hurdle): “All his work has been good. The aim all year was to get him to Cheltenham and Punchestown and if all goes well, he’ll saddle up and go there.” Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Was this helpful? Share on LinkedInlast_img

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