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Willie Mullins hoping Upsie can return to winning ways

Updated: Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 16:12 | Comments

Willie Mullins hopes that Upsie can impress at Punchestown
Willie Mullins hopes that Upsie can impress at Punchestown

The punchestown.com Mares Hurdle is the most valuable contest at the Kildare track on Wednesday and sees Upsie bid to get back to winning ways.

Willie Mullins' mare struck on her first three starts over timber, but has struggled in two Grade Threes since, finishing well behind high-class winner Rule The World at Naas last time.

This looks a more winnable task, though Layla Joan is unbeaten in three starts over timber and appears on the upgrade, while Urticaire cannot be ruled out either.

Mullins also runs Bless N'Ject in the I.N.H. Stallion Owners EBF Maiden Hurdle, and she will bid to go one better than her narrow Fairyhouse defeat last time.

Spa Hill went close at Naas latest and is another out for more, while Noble Endeavour put in a pleasing effort on his hurdling bow last time and could improve for that experience.

The meeting gets under way at 2.05 with a bumper field for the Festival Party Pack From 21 Euros Maiden Hurdle.

Blow The Doors Off has a bumper win and some smart hurdling form to his name, but the penny appeared to drop for Knockrea last time and he gets 7lb from Conor O'Dwyer's runner.

Hell Cat Maggie produced a tremendous late surge to only go down by a neck at Fairyhouse last time and looks to have bumper winner Kilnockin Lady and Down Royal third Shuilamach to beat in the Festival Any Day Flexi Ticket Mares Maiden Hurdle.

What Lies Ahead is another to miss out by a narrow margin and gets a chance to atone in the Family Saturday At The Festival INH Flat Race.

Sarah Battle and Tillargon look capable of big runs in the Festival Free Upgrade Offer Ends Today Handicap Hurdle, while the Festival Hospitality From 99 Euros Handicap Hurdle looks between Easy Vic and Rightville Boy.

 

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