Cadmium can continue his fine run over fences for team Mullins
On the third day of the Galway festival, Brian Sheerin picks out three to keep an eye out for
Two of the past four runnings of the Grade 3 novice chase have gone Willie Mullins's way and the champion trainer will be fancying his chances of extending that good record, with Punchestown festival winner Cadmium leading his four-strong team into battle.
After Cadmium recorded his biggest payday in that handicap chase in April, the six-year-old made light work of reopposing rivals Le Martalin and The Last Marju when landing a four-runner novice chase at Roscommon.
Stable confidence is high that Cadmium can record his fourth success over fences and, speaking about the six-year-old, who is the choice of Ruby Walsh, Mullins said: “He's done very well over fences and if he produces the form he showed when winning at the Punchestown festival he'll have a very good chance.”
Of his other three contenders, Mullins added: “Robin Des Foret has a decent chance on his best form but has to overcome a disappointing run at Killarney last time.
“Miss Sapphire and Screaming Rose take their chance in the hope they might earn some black type.”
Sorelle Delle Rose (3.25)
Dermot Weld has yet to spring into life at this year’s festival but the master of Rosewell has a particularly strong hand in the Listed Corrib Fillies Stakes, with Sorelle Delle Rose and Yulong Gold Fairy representing him.
Declan McDonogh looks to be on the first string, the Moyglare-owned Sorelle Delle Rose, while Shane Foley partners Yulong Gold Fairy, winner of a maiden at the festival 12 months ago.
Doctor Duffy (5.50)
Charles Byrnes has been an increasing force in the bumper division in the past couple of seasons and there’s every chance Doctor Duffy can provide the trainer with another success in the sphere when the five-year-old tackles the concluding race on ladies' day.
Third on his only start in a Punchestown bumper in June when sent off a 22-1 shot, Doctor Duffy is expected to be a lot shorter in the market this time.
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