Patrick Mullins is expecting
"huge improvement" from Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase hope
Chacun Pour Soi as the exciting chaser bids to avenge his Christmas defeat by A
Plus Tard at next week's Dublin Racing Festival, writes Mark Boylan.
The Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old, who marked himself out as a highly exciting prospect when readily accounting for Defi Du Seuil in last year's Ryanair Novice Chase at Punchestown, tops the market for the Ladbrokes Dublin Chase.
Speaking at a media event leading up to the festival, which is worth €2.1 million in prize-money, the leading amateur rider said: "I was disappointed he got beat but I wouldn't say his bubble is burst just yet.
"He'd have to go and win at Leopardstown if he's going to live up to his reputation but I think we'll see huge improvement from Christmas.
"He jumped to the front three out and I thought he just blew up. A lot of our horses needed their first run, more so than in other years."
He added: "Maybe it's thinking more of Cheltenham, but I've noticed we've been easier on them [at home] than in other years. We got a bit of work done on our gallop at one stage and then we sensed a few of them weren't firing.
"Usually we wouldn't have run horses bar when we thought they were really ready to win, whereas this year Willie has been getting them out quicker. It might mean they're fresher come the end of the year."
Chacun Pour Soi could meet stablemates Min, Cilaos Emery and Duc Des Genievres in the top-level contest.