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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

JLT star Yorkhill primed to follow up at Fairyhouse

Yorkhill: JLT Novices' Chase winner is going right-handed at Fairyhouse
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Ireland's champion trainer Willie Mullins on his runners at Fairyhouse and Cork on Easter Sunday

FAIRYHOUSE 

Yorkhill (4.00 Fairyhouse)
He is unbeaten in three races over fences and will be returning to the track where he won his first chase in December. Because he is inclined to jump to the left, going right-handed isn't ideal for him and that was noticeable on his previous visit to Fairyhouse, although he did win easily. We were delighted with his performance when he won the JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham and he came out of the race well. He's the highest-rated horse in the race and we're very happy with him.

Let's Dance (2.50 Fairyhouse)
She was very good at Cheltenham when winning the Grade 2 mares' novice hurdle and she came out of the race well. We're hoping for a similar type performance from her. She's unbeaten this season and has been improving all the time. Her last two wins were on good ground, so the drying conditions should be fine for her.

Airlie Beach (2.50 Fairyhouse)
Airlie Beach was a bit disappointing behind Let's Dance at Cheltenham. That was her only defeat so far and back at the track where she won the Grade 1 Royal Bond Hurdle in December we're hoping she will return to form. She has shown two and a half miles is well within her capabilities.

Augusta Kate (2.50 Fairyhouse)
Augusta Kate didn't jump well enough at Cheltenham when sixth in the Albert Bartlett. She made a bad mistake at a crucial stage and that put her on the back foot. Back against mares here and dropping down half a mile in trip, I certainly wouldn't rule her out of calculations.

Good Thyne Tara (2.50 Fairyhouse)
Good Thyne Tara won by ten lengths on her hurdling debut at Clonmel in February but this race represents a huge step up class on only her second start over hurdles and we'll be delighted if she could earn some black type.

New Kid In Town (4.35 Fairyhouse)
New Kid In Town has failed to complete on his last three starts and we're hoping that the drying ground will help him jump better. His two wins over fences have been over tomorrow's trip, on good and yielding ground.

Special Ted (5.10 Fairyhouse)
He's a bumper/hurdling type and has been showing us bits of ability at home.

CORK 

The Paparrazzi Kid (3.05 Cork)
We're hoping the good ground might help him over the three-mile trip. His three chase wins have been over two and a half miles. He won a handicap at Wexford last month and it was probably a mistake to run him back only four days later at Clonmel where he was pulled up. He deserves the benefit of the doubt and we're hoping he'll finish in the money.

Pique Sous (4.10 Cork)
Pique Sous has been quite lightly raced in recent years and has not run over hurdles since the 2013 Galway Hurdle, so it will be interesting to see how he fares in the 2m3f handicap. I think the trip, the track and the drying ground will all suit Pique Sous but a lot will depend on whether he can remember to jump at racing pace.

Bravissimo (4.10 Cork)
Bravissimo ran poorly at Cheltenham last time and we're hoping a drop in class plus Niall Kelly's 7lb claim might suit. I don't expect the drying ground to be a problem.

Miss Sapphire (2.30 Cork)
She won a bumper first time out at Limerick after Christmas but was a well-beaten third in a winners' race at Fairyhouse on her second start, so we decided to go hurdling with her. She's by Presenting so the good ground should suit and she's been jumping well at home.

Minella Beau (5.50 Cork)
She was due to start off at Christmas but she had a little setback. She's been doing some nice work at home and we're expecting her to run a good race.

He is unbeaten in three races over fences and will be returning to the track where he won his first chase in December
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