Cilaos Emery heads Mullins stars on a big day for the champion trainer at Naas

Mullins also has a runner at Flemington this weekend in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Friday, November 08, 2019
Cilaos Emery

Ruby Walsh rode Cilaos at Gowran Park earlier this year

Willie Mullins has opted to wait 24 hours to unleash Racing Post Arkle winner Duc Des Gevievres at Navan, so the baton is handed over to the exciting Cilaos Emery in the Grade 3 Poplar Square Chase (1.05) at Naas, writes David Jennings. 

Cilaos Emery, a Grade 1 winner over hurdles, made an explosive start to his chasing career at Gowran Park in January and that form could hardly have worked out better with subsequent Racing Post Arkle winner Duc Des Gevievres in third. 

"Cilaos Emery has some fantastic form in the book, but you must remember this is only his second run over fences and he is taking on some far more experienced horses. A clear round would be the main objective for him," said Patrick Mullins' father is in Australia to see True Self running in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington.

It won't be easy for Cilaos Emery to maintain his unbeaten record over fences as Grade 1-winning chaser, Ornua, is in opposition and the enthusiastic front-running will ensure a fast pace throughout.

"We're really looking forward to getting Ornua back in action. He has been working well and he looks great, so this was a nice place to come to start back," said Henry de Bromhead.

The Grade 3 Fishery Lane Hurdle (12.30) has been the stepping stones for two Champion Hurdle winners in the last seven years. Espoir D'Allen won it 12 months ago, while Jezki did the business in 2012.

You would need to have a fertile imagination to think the 2020 Champion Hurdle winner is lurking among this year's field.

"Tiger Tap Tap's form did not improve last season and we are hoping he can come back to the form of his Leopardstown maiden hurdle run where he made Sir Erec pull out all the stops," said Patrick Mullins of the four-year-old from Closutton.

The Mullins stable is also represented by Quartz Du Rheu about whom Patrick said: "He is very consistent and has been all summer but he will need to improve in this sort of company."

Patrick Mullins is very excited about the prospect of Blackbow making his jumping debut in the opening 2m maiden hurdle (12.00).

"Blackbow is a gorgeous horse and has a lot of ability. He had niggling problems last season but his schooling has gone very well and we are looking forward to seeing how he gets on," Mullins said.

There is an illustrious roll of honour in the 2m3f beginners' chase (3.25), including Road To Respect and Road To Riches, and Tornado Flyer appears the pick of Mullins' three runners.

"Last season didn't go to plan for Tornado Flyer but you must remember he won the Grade 1 bumper at Punchestown in 2018 under Richie Deegan where he beat Blackbow.

"He has schooled very well and we are hoping he will be one of our top novice chasers this season," Mullins said.

He has been working well and he looks great, so this was a nice place to come to start back.

- Henry De Bromhead 

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