Mullins 25-1 to land all Leopardstown Grade 1s
WILLIE Mullins admitted that Leopardstown's four-day Christmas festival gets 'a big mark on his calendar at Closutton' and Betfair believe the champion trainer will have a very merry Christmas indeed.
They have chalked up a market on how many Grade 1 winners Mullins will have over the four days with three or four heading the market at 10-11. It is 6-4 that he has five or six while one or two is available at 8-1.
If you think it will be a Mullins monopoly you can get 25-1 about Mullins bagging all seven and, considering the array of talent that will be aimed the seven contests, there probably won't be too many takers at 50-1 for him to come away empty-handed.
Champagne Fever has already been confirmed for the Racing Post Arkle and could even be joined by Felix Yonger. Arvika Ligeonniere, Marito and Twnlight are all entered in the Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase and he is responsible for a staggering 18 entries in the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle.
Sir Des Champs is likely to spearhead his challenge for the Lexus if none the worse for his John Durkan spill, Annie Power could step up to three miles for the first time in the woodiesdiy.com Christmas Hurdle and the record-breaking Hurricane Fly is currently favourite for the Ryanair Hurdle. Ballycasey has been pencilled in for the Topaz Novice Chase, the last of the seven Grade 1s on December 29.
It could be a merry Mullins Christmas indeed.