Horse Racing tips: Big weekend ahead for Willie Mullins’ stable stars

Timeform's Tony McFadden highlights three things to watch out for this weekend if jumps racing beats the cold snap.

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Trip to bring the best out of Weveallbeencaught

Nigel Twiston-Davies has a good record in the three-mile Grade 2 novice hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday (15:00) – he’s won it three times in the last eight years – and he has a fascinating contender this time around in Weveallbeencaught.

The physically imposing Weveallbeencaught, a winner on his sole start in an Irish point, created an excellent impression when winning on his bumper debut at Newbury in March and he is clearly held in high regard as he started out over hurdles in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham last month.

Weveallbeencaught was only third on his hurdling debut, but he offered plenty of encouragement, catching the eye with how strongly he stayed on up the hill, looking sure to appreciate a stiffer test.

He’s up three furlongs in trip here and on the more stamina-sapping New Course, so he looks capable of raising his game.

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Hallowed Star to take advantage of lenient handicap mark?

It’s already been a big week for Shark Hanlon, who was presented with the National Hunt Achievement award at the HRI awards on Monday night for his exploits with Hewick, and it could get even better at Navan on Saturday as he has a strong chance in the feature Foxrock Handicap Chase (13:02) with Hallowed Star.

Hallowed Star progressed well over hurdles, winning three of his last four starts in that sphere, and he has taken well to chasing, running out an impressive winner of a beginners’ chase at Galway on his second start over fences.

Hallowed Star fell too far out to be certain about how he would have fared in the Grade 2 Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown last month, but he was going well at the time and it was notable that he was the 6/4 favourite on the back of such an impressive display at Galway.

A mark of 137 here suggests the handicapper has underestimated that performance at Galway.

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Big weekend for Willie Mullins

Weather permitting, it could be a huge weekend for Willie Mullins who has Champion Chase winner Energumene earmarked to return in the Hilly Way at Cork on Sunday and Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Galopin des Champs set to reappear in the John Durkan at Punchestown on the same afternoon. Appreciate It, the hugely impressive winner of the 2021 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, is another who could be in action on a quality card at Punchestown.

Mullins also has some notable declarations at Navan on Saturday, including Flame Bearer who is scheduled to make his debut for the yard in the two and a half mile beginners’ chase (14:11).

Flame Bearer is a fascinating recruit as he showed plenty of ability over hurdles for Pat Doyle, winning a couple of Grade 2s before finishing runner-up to State Man in a Grade 1 at the Punchestown Festival.

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