Mullins trio return at Tramore

Saturday, Apr 13 2019

Willie Mullins has three of the seven runners in the featured 20,000 euro Tom Murphy Car Sales Day 31st May Chase at Tramore.

The Gold Cup-winning trainer welcomes back three horses following a collective 1056-day absence.

Each of them – Augustin, Class Conti and Pylonthepressure – was a capable performer before their apparent training issues.

The presence of Class Conti, for the first time in 369 days, is arguably the most notable – making his stable debut after previously racing in his native France.

Partnered by champion jockey-elect Paul Townend, the seven-year-old showed a good level of ability for his owner Patrick Joubert in France – but was pulled up on his latest start in April 2018.

His form from 2015-2017 was quite smart – and having featured in useful races at top jumps venue Autueil, his ability is not in question as he returns in a very winnable race.

Pylonthepressure has been a disappointing horse on his most recent starts and looks vulnerable – while Augustin is absent since May 2018 and is probably best watched on return, and would ideally prefer a longer trip.

Mullins and Ruby Walsh have solid claims in the BetVictor Free Entry Maiden Hurdle with Ontheropes, who runs in the colours of Cheveley Park Stud.

The five-year-old was bought by current connections for GBP240,000 following a promising point-to-point debut run last year.

He has disappointed in two bumper runs to date, but prove a better horse over hurdles and at this staying trip.

The opening maiden hurdle can go the way of the Gordon Elliott-trained Jeremys Dream ,who may be able to put her previous jumping experience to good use.

She has already run seven times in maiden hurdles and is a proven performer in some more competitive events.

Littlestickarubarb popped up at Clonmel last month and has a favourite’s chance of doubling up in the Kasbar Waterford @ Tramore Racecourse Handicap Chase.

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