Mullins bullish about prospects of Clondaw Warrior
1.50 Gowran Park
John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle (Grade 2) | 5yo+ | 3m | ATR
Clondaw Warrior, winner of the Galway Hurdle in July, and Shaneshill represent Willie Mullins in this event named after Galmoy, who landed the Stayers' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 1987 and 1988.
The Mullins pair played significant roles in the Grade 1 Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle over today's trip at Leopardstown last month when Clondaw Warrior ran stablemate Vroum Vroum Mag to a length and a quarter, while Shaneshill crashed out at the final hurdle when upsides the winner.
Mullins, who last won the race with Zaidpour in 2012, said yesterday: "Clondaw Warrior ran very well last time and, if he's in the same sort of form tomorrow, he'll have to have a very good running.
"We changed tactics with Shaneshill at Leopardstown and making the running seemed to suit until he fell. He's in good form and, hopefully, he'll improve."
Snow Falcon, who finished two lengths behind Clondaw Warrior when third in the Leopardstown event, represents Noel Meade who said: "He's in good form.
Dedigout, winner of the race two years ago when trained by Tony Martin, and De Plotting Shed represent Gordon Elliott, who said: "Both of them are in good order. The ground might not be testing enough for Dedigout but it should be fine for De Plotting Shed who has had a good season. He has a bit to find on ratings with a few of them but deserves to take his chance."
Completing the line-up is the Mouse Morris-trained Milsean, who finished tailed off behind Vroum Vroum Mag at Leopardstown last month.