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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Hobson is Walsh's choice of Mullins trio in €100k handicap

Golden Spear: was an unlucky loser at Galway last year
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Glascarn Handicap Hurdle | 2m | ATR

This €100,000 contest has attracted a strong field with last year’s winning trainer Willie Mullins represented by topweight Ivan Grozny, Ruby Walsh's choice Thomas Hobson and Chambord Du Lys, who is having her first start in a handicap.

Tony Martin did not earn himself the title of handicap king for nothing, and despite pulling up when last seen, his Golden Spear has a nice weight of 9st 12lb with Donagh Meyler taking off a further 3lb.

Gordon Elliott relies on the Jack Kennedy-ridden Veinard, who creeps in at the foot of the weights and is actually 2lb out of the handicap.

St Stephens Green, representing Emmet Mullins, looks dangerously well handicapped considering his close proximity to Heartbreak City over hurdles at the Galway summer festival last July, while Tom Mullins is another family member worth keeping a close eye on as his Grand Partner has been crying out for some nice ground.

Tough for heavyweights

Since 2004, only two horses have managed to carry 11st or more en route to victory – Macs Joy in 2004 and Jack Cool in 2011.

What they say

Willie Mullins, trainer of Ivan Grozny, Thomas Hobson and Chambord Du Lys
Ivan Grozny has a tough task at the weights. Thomas Hobson really needs further and if they go a good gallop it will help him. As for Chambord Du Lys, she has a nice racing weight but she has been unlucky here before and this is her first handicap start

Jessica Harrington, trainer of Modem
It's his first run of the season and he'll like the nice ground. He's a good summer horse and he's very fresh.

Tom Mullins, trainer of Grand Partner
I'm just hoping the ground will bring about the necessary improvement in him. He needs nice ground to be at his best and you saw that the last day when he got bogged down in the heavy going at Navan, although he finished second. He's in good order and we're claiming off him as well. With the good ground and the claim, I'm very hopeful of a nice run.

Eddie Harty, trainer of Joshua Lane
He's very well and has had a couple of good runs recently. We're putting blinkers on him for the first time because they might improve his jumping.

Emmet Mullins, trainer of St Stephens Green
He’s back in very good form and we were delighted with how well he ran when winning at Dundalk last month. That would have done his confidence the world of good and we hope he has a nice run back over hurdles here.

Gordon Elliott, trainer of Veinard
He's in very good form and we couldn't be happier with him. He has a lovely racing weight and the ground will suit.

We couldn't be happier with him. He has a lovely racing weight and the ground will suit
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