Willie Mullins’ Entries for The Festival

Horse / Breeding / Owner Festival entries Rating Summary
BUMPER HORSES
AUGUSTA KATE

5 b m Yeats (IRE) – Feathard Lady (IRE) (Accordion)

Owner: The Masters Syndicate

Third foal of top-class mare Feathard Lady; reportedly shows nothing at home but unbeaten in two starts; scored by 23l on her bumper debut at Listowel in September and was just as impressive in winning a Listed mares’ bumper by 7l at Navan on Nov 22

 

NOVICE HURDLERS
A TOI PHIL

6 b g Day Flight – Lucidrile (FR) (Beyssac (FR))

Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

SUPREME, NEPTUNE, BARTLETT Virtually carried out on Irish debut at Clonmel on Dec 22 but made amends four days later in a 2m 2f maiden hurdle at Leopardstown; improved for step up to 2m 4f when beating Acapella Bourgeios by 7l in G2 contest at same track on Jan 24

 

APPLE’S JADE

4 b f Saddler Maker (IRE) – Apple’s For Ever (FR) (Nikos)

Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

TRIUMPH 135 Won sole hurdle start in France impressively at Vichy in May; showed willing attitude when beating Jer’s Girl by a head in the G2 Knight France Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas

 

BELSHILL

6 b g King’s Theatre (IRE) – Fairy Native (IRE) (Be My Native (USA))

Owner: Andrea & Graham Wylie

SUPREME, NEPTUNE, BARTLETT 146 Leading bumper performer last season, winning a G1 at Punchestown; won first three starts impressively over hurdles this term, including G1 Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle (2m 4f) at Naas on Jan 3; btn 18l into third by Bleu Et Rouge at Leopardstown on Feb 6

 

BLEU ET ROUGE

5 gr g Charming Groom (FR) – Lady Du Renom (FR) (Art Francais (USA))

Owner: J P McManus

SUPREME, NEPTUNE, BARTLETT 148 Runner-up in two French bumpers in Aug, 2014 before joining present connections; decisive winner on hurdling debut at Cork before finishing fourth to Long Dog in G1 at Leopardstown over Christmas, both over 2m; relished step up 2m 2f when capturing the G1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle at same track on Feb 6

 

FOOTPAD

4 b g Creachadoir (IRE) – Willamina (IRE) (Sadler´s Wells (USA))

Owner: Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

TRIUMPH 140 Easy winner of two juvenile hurdles at Gowran Park on Nov 21 and Jan 21 respectively; in between he was third (btn 8.25l) by Apple’s Jade in G2 at Leopardstown over Christmas; produced career-best under more patient tactics when narrowly beating stablemates in G1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle on Feb 6

 

GANGSTER

6 ch g Green Tune (USA) – Dahlia´s Krissy (USA) (Kris S (USA))

Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

NEPTUNE, BARTLETT 146 French recruit who is three from four over hurdles since joining Mullins; has won over 2m, 2m4f and 3m, most recently beating Last Encounter by 10l in a G3 over the last-named distance at Fairyhouse in December

 

LET’S DANCE

4 b f Poliglote – Baraka Du Berlais (FR) (Bonnet Rouge (FR))

Owner: Susannah Ricci

TRIUMPH Runner-up only start in France and filled same position behind Ivanovic Gorbatov (btn 2.25l) in a 3yo hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas; rallied to be third behind stablemate Footpad in G1 Spring Juvenile at same track on Feb 6

 

LIMINI

5 ch m Peintre Celebre (USA) – Her Grace (IRE) (Spectrum (IRE))

Owner: Susannah Ricci

Ante-post favourite for inaugural Troll House Stud Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival; won first two starts over hurdles eight months apart, most recently taking a G3 mares’ contest (2m 2f) by 11l at Fairyhouse on Jan 30; beat subsequent G2 scorer Manatee on final Flat start in France

 

LONG DOG

6 b g Notnowcato – Latanazul (Sakhee (USA))

Owner: Susannah Ricci

SUPREME, NEPTUNE, BARTLETT 150 Has won six hurdle races on the bounce over distances from 2m to 2m 5f; repelled stablemate Bachasson by a neck in G1 Royal Bond Novice Hurdle (2m) at Fairyhouse in November; made all to beat Tombstone by just under a length in Future Champions Novice Hurdle (2m) at Leopardstown over Christmas

 

MIN

5 b g Walk In The Park (IRE) – Phemyka (FR) (Saint Estephe (FR))

Owner: Susannah Ricci

SUPREME, NEPTUNE Bidding to give owner and trainer a fourth consecutive victory in the opening Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival, following Douvan, Vautour and Champagne Fever; wide-margin winner of both outings at Punchestown, including in G2 Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle on Jan 9, a race won by Douvan and Vautour

 

THOMAS HOBSON

6 b g Halling (USA) – La Spezia (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))

Owner: Susannah Ricci

SUPREME, NEPTUNE, BARTLETT 143 Smart performer on the Flat for John Gosden in 2013; missed time after connections paid £240,000 at the sales; has won three of five starts over hurdles this term, including impressive front-running victory last time out in the G2 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (2m 5f) at Warwick on Jan 16

 

UP FOR REVIEW

7 br g Presenting – Coolsilver (IRE) (Good Thyne (USA))

Owner: Andrea & Graham Wylie

NEPTUNE, BARTLETT Point-to-point and bumper winner; made perfect start to hurdling career with two easy victories, including a 13l defeat of Jetstream Jack in 3m G2 at Punchestown on Dec 31; beaten 21l into fourth by Barters Hill in G2 Albert Bartlett trial at Doncaster on Jan 30

 

YORKHILL

6 ch g Presenting – Lightning Breeze (IRE) (Saddlers’ Hall (IRE))

Owner: Andrea & Graham Wylie

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUPREME, NEPTUNE, BARTLETT  

154

Point-to-point winner who is unbeaten in two bumpers and two hurdles; scored over 2m 4f on hurdling debut at Punchestown in December before dropping back to 2m to gain a comfortable 2.25l success in the G1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown Park on Jan 2

Willie Mullins’ Entries for the Festival (above).

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