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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Bellshill heads four-strong Willie Mullins assault on Gold Cup

Bellshill: landed the Punchestown Gold Cup on Wednesday
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Willie Mullins has not won the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup since 2014, but he will have four chances in the Grade 1 on Wednesday following Monday's declarations.

The €162,250 on offer to the winner would aid Mullins in his quest to catch trainers' championship leader Gordon Elliott, with Irish Grand National fifth Bellshill leading his team in the betting.

Gold Cup fifth Djakadam, Total Recall and Killultagh Vic complete the Mullins squad, while Elliott has just one contender in Outlander.

Mullins and Elliott could have to settle for place money, with Road To Respect, fourth in the Gold Cup last time out, heading the market for Noel Meade.

Colin Tizzard is keen to see how Albert Bartlett winner Kilbricken Storm performs after a surprise 33-1 win at the Cheltenham Festival, and he will face Ballymore third Next Destination and Martin Pipe winner Blow By Blow in the Grade 1 Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle.

Relegate and Carefully Selected, one-two in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, will renew rivalries in the Grade 1 Racing Post Champion Bumper.

Between them, Mullins and Elliott have seven of the ten runners for the race, with Elliott's trio headed by Champion Bumper sixth Felix Desjy.

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