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Top trainer and top man Tony Mullins has branded Facile Vega a “bad favourite” for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at this year’s Cheltenham Festival.
The winner of last season’s Champion Bumper finished last in the Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival to drop down Paddy Power’s non-runner-money-back betting for the opening race of the meeting before climbing back up the market in recent weeks.
Speaking on Paddy Power’s Ultimate Cheltenham Preview Night, Group 1-winning trainer Tony apologised for once claiming the son of mighty mare Quevega was the “best horse I’ve ever seen”.
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“I very stupidly nominated Facile Vega as the best horse I’ve ever seen. I’m very sorry I said that. I mixed up youthful exuberance with real champion ability.
“He has a lot to do to redeem. I don’t care if they went to fast, he just wasn’t good enough at Leopardstown.
“I think everyone is forgetting the performance Il Etait Temps gave. He sat in behind, he pulled out, quickened and went away from them. To me, he’s. The one.
“Facile Vega is obviously a good horse but he has a lot to learn. Leopardstown exposed him. He’s a bad favourite.”
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