Mullins plotting Ryanair route at Cheltenham Pageant for Allaho | Horse racing


Willie Mullins and Paul Townend secured a Grade Two double at Thurles with victories for Allaho and Colreevy. Third within the RSA at Cheltenham in March, Allaho had reappeared within the John Durkan Memorial at Punchestown earlier than ending fourth to A Plus Tard within the Savills Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.

Despatched off the 10-11 favorite for the Horse & Jockey Resort Chase, the Cheveley Park Stud-owned seven-year-old took the sector alongside beneath Townend earlier than being pressed by Mark Walsh-ridden stablemate Elimay.

The latter briefly appeared like being a serious menace, however the market chief was fast to claim on leaping the final and got here residence three lengths to the nice. A crack on the Ryanair Chase appears to be like like being on the agenda for Allaho at this yr’s Pageant, a race for which he was minimize to 5-1 from 6-1 by Betfair.

Successful coach Mullins stated: “I feel he was idling in entrance on a regular basis, and that [two and a half miles] is likely to be extra his journey. I used to be a little bit anxious when Elimay bought to him, however when he noticed her he picked up and went away once more like a good horse.

“Elimay ran a implausible race as nicely, and she’s going to go for the Opera Hat Chase in Naas subsequent and perhaps on to the mares’ chase in Cheltenham after that. Allaho is a large horse, and I assumed he was a three-miler, however perhaps he’s higher off coming again to two-four or two-five – I’m enthusiastic about the Ryanair for him.

“He’s making progress, and I feel he’ll enhance into the spring – which is the time of yr you wish to enhance in. I’m wanting ahead to his subsequent run, and he’ll in all probability go straight to Cheltenham.”

Colreevy , the 4-5 favorite, took her report over fences to 3 from three within the Coolmore N.H. Sires Kew Gardens Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase. Like Allaho she was in entrance from the outset, though Scarlet And Dove was giving her a race earlier than crashing out on the second-last.

Mullins stated: “She jumps very nicely and takes all of it in her stride. Paul was very completely satisfied together with her, and the way she did every thing for him with no fuss about her.

“There’s a Grade Two chase at Limerick in March that we’re subsequent – however whether or not or not she has increased expectations, I don’t know. I’ll chat with the homeowners – however they have been hoping, coming right here at the moment, to hopefully win after which go on to Limerick.

Mullins added: “We would revise plans, however we’ll see – whether or not or not she has sufficient expertise over fences to go to Cheltenham is one other day’s work. Actually what she has carried out at Limerick over Christmas and at the moment would lead you to suppose she might need pretty much as good an opportunity as something over there.”

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