Vautour winning the JLT Novices' Chase at CheltenhamPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Vautour ruled out of Champion Chase
VAUTOUR will not run in Tuesday's Grade 1 BoyleSports Champion Chase at Punchestown after failing to show his usual sparkle in a work out this weekend.
Mullins had been set to run the scintillating JLT Novices' Chase winner against the senior two milers.
"I wasn't happy with him this morning," Mullins revealed. "He might still run later in the week but we will have to see how he goes."
Mullins will still be represented by Champagne Fever, Twinlight and Felix Yonger in the highlight of the opening day of the Punchestown Festival.
His impressive Cheltenham winners Douvan and Don Poli will both run in Tuesday's other Grade 1 races. Supreme Novices' winner Douvan goes for the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle while Don Poli faces just four rivals in the Growise Champion Novice Chase.