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One trainer, one horse, one jockey and one race to watch on Saturday

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Willie Mullins becomes the first Irish trainer to have a runner on British soil since the travel ban between the two nations was lifted last week when he saddles Champion Bumper hope Grangee in the Listed mares' bumper at Market Rasen (3.15), a race he also won last year.

The Irish champion trainer had a sparkling run of success over Christmas and also has five runners at Fairyhouse as he looks to continue his red-hot form.

Willie Mullins: bidding to win Market Rasen's Listed bumper for the second year in succession

Exciting French recruit Youmdor made a striking debut for the yard at Gowran Park in November and looks to back that up in the 2m hurdle (12.00). Manitopark AA (1.05), Pont Aven and Fan De Blues (2.15), and Hi Ho Phoenix (4.00) are Mullins' other runners.


There will be no repeat of last Saturday's super seven winners for Paul Nicholls, but he does have a strong chance of landing more Graded honours with Next Destination in the Grade 2 Hampton Novices' Chase (1.50).

The nine-year-old was a top-class novice hurdler for Willie Mullins in 2018, beating Delta Work in a Grade 1 at Punchestown before injury forced him off the track for two and a half years.

Next Destination: has impressed since joining Paul Nicholls

He returned in October for his new yard with a second at Wetherby, before victory in the John Francome Novices' Chase at Newbury marked him as a strong contender for the race formerly known as the RSA Chase.

His main danger is the Colin Tizzard-trained Fiddlerontheroof, who has flattered to deceive in several small-field novice chases this season.


Harry Skelton has a strong book of rides at Warwick as he looks to continue an excellent campaign alongside brother and trainer Dan.

His day is kicked off by Amoola Gold in the Edward Courage Cup Handicap Chase (1.15), before Midnight River provides him with a solid chance in the Grade 2 Ballymore Leamington Novices' Hurdle (2.25).

Harry Skelton: has four good chances at Warwick on Saturday

Captain Chaos is also among the market leaders for the feature Classic Chase (3.00). Skelton's day comes to a close with Ardlethen, who returns to hurdling for the Pertemps qualifier (3.35).


The highlight of Warwick's seven-race card is the McCoy Contractors Civil Engineering Classic Handicap Chase (3.00), which is run over a gruelling 3m5f on likely heavy ground.

Dual-purpose trainer Alan King is bidding for a third win in this Grade 3 contest and has long been aiming Notachance here.

Walk In The Mill: set to run in Warwick's Classic Chase for in-form trainer Robert Walford

One For Arthur captured the Classic before going on to Grand National glory in 2017, a feat Robert Walford would love to pull off with dual Becher Chase hero Walk In The Mill.

The outlook became even more competitive when Le Breuil, Late Romantic and Red Infantry were rerouted here after Catterick's North Yorkshire Grand National meeting was cancelled on Thursday.

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The Irish champion trainer had a sparkling run of success over Christmas and has five runners at Fairyhouse as he looks to continue his red-hot form
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