Min and Ruby Walsh in his hurdling times
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
By Brian Sheerin 7:55AM 27 NOV 2016
THE maiden chase at Navan today, while unprepossessing externally, has supplied racegoers first glimpses of subsequent Willie Mullins-trained stars recently, as both Vautour and Douvan have landed the award in the last two years.
Mullins depends on Min this season, that is making his eagerly anticipated first over fences and the Rich Ricci-owned gelding is since short as 6-1 with many firms the Arkle at Cheltenham.
Sent off favourite the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle final period after coming to Cheltenham on back of two solid wins and much buzz, the Walk in Park gelding discovered only Altior seven lengths too strong.
Which was the five-year-old’s final start final term and he faces 16 competitors as he bids making it a four-timer for Mullins and Ruby Walsh in the current beginners’ chase.
The Joseph O’Brien-trained Edwulf is one of six JP McManus-owned challengers alongside: a good View, Cillian’s Return, Henry Higgins, Squouateur and William Du Berlais.
Gigginstown home Stud may be represented by the former Mullins-trained Fire In Soul, who makes their chase first for Henry de Bromhead.
Speaking to the Racing Post ahead of Min’s chasing first, the champ trainer said: “he’s got schooled nicely and it has matured well over summer time. This past year he seemed big and raw, however of Walk In The Park’s are like this. I believe he is got quite strong and looks more the finished article now.”
Patrick Mullins is likewise worked up about exactly what the summer season may have in store for Min, and said: “we’ve been happy along with his education in the home. He’s an extremely tall leggy horse so ideally chasing might produce improvement in him, and when it does, he is obviously really exciting.”