Festival hopes for Mullins’ stars

Trainer Mags Mullins is not ruling out a potential tilt at the Champion Bumper with Dr Wallace following his impressive debut at Navan on Saturday.

Mags Mullins is enjoying a decent run of form

The Flemensfirth gelding was an odds-on racecourse for his racecourse introduction and scooted clear under the trainer's nephew, Patrick, to seal a comprehensive victory.

Dr Wallace was introduced into the Champion Bumper market at around 33-1, and while there is plenty of water to pass under the bridge between now and then, Mullins expects her charge to progress.

"He was very impressive and I was delighted with him," said the Goresbridge handler.

"He's a lovely, big horse and he'll be a nice horse to go hurdling or chasing with next year. He'd only been on the grass once before and he was a little bit green in front.

"Patrick jumped down off him and said, 'This lad is a bit different'.

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"We'll go for a winners' bumper somewhere with him and give him a chance. Whether he'll run at Christmas or we'll wait a bit longer, I'm not sure.

"I wouldn't rule out running in the Champion Bumper at this stage. There's Cheltenham and then Punchestown later on.

"I think there's a lot of improvement in him."

Mullins is enjoying a decent run of form, with three of her last four runners hitting the target.

Initiating that hot streak was Cheltenham Festival hero Martello Tower, who opened his account over fences at Fairyhouse on December 3.

The eight-year-old is set to return to Grade One level in the Neville Hotels Novice Chase at Leopardstown on December 29.

Mullins said: "I was delighted with Martello and he's come out of the race really well.

"He's a funny horse as he only ever does enough, but he jumps fences well and hopefully we'll have a bit of fun with him.

"We're very happy with him and I'd say he'll go to Leopardstown for the three-mile novice."

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