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Analifet seeks to extend unbeaten streak at Leopardstown

Updated: Monday, 23 Dec 2013 15:42 | Comments

Analifet is the one to watch at Leopardstown
Analifet is the one to watch at Leopardstown

Exciting filly Analifet puts her big reputation and unbeaten record on the line against five rivals in the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day.

A winner on her only start in France earlier this year, the Willie Mullins-trained three-year-old looked smart when making a winning Irish debut at Punchestown in mid-November and was just as impressive in following up at Fairyhouse.

The champion trainer's Noble Inn finished second behind his stable companion on both occasions and takes her on again in this Grade Two event.

With Gigginstown House Stud's retained jockey Davy Russell available to ride Triumph Hurdle favourite Analifet for the first time, Ruby Walsh switches to Noble Inn.

Mullins said: "She (Analifet) has done everything right so far and hopefully she will continue to improve.

"Hopefully the ground will be all right and we're looking forward to seeing her run.

"Noble Inn is improving all the time as he gets more experience jumping. Hopefully he can keep that going."

Dessie Hughes is hoping his Guitar Pete can prevent Mullins from dominating the finish.

The youngster has won twice from four starts over timber and was a good second behind Royal Irish Hussar in a Cheltenham Grade Two last month.

"It will be a bit more experience for him and he ran a good race in Cheltenham, so I think he deserves to take his chance," said Hughes.

"Willie's filly looks a bit special, but she hasn't had a whole lot taking her on.

"It would be nice to think our horse could be best of the rest, but we'll see."

Gordon Elliott saddles both Clarcam and new recruit Arzembouy Premier, with Charles Byrnes running Henry Higgins.

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