Mullins and Walsh On Top with Canyon
Nichols Canyon received a quote of 14-1 for next year’s World Hurdle from Paddy Power after winning the Mersey Novices’ Hurdle on Grand National day at Aintree.
Ruby Walsh reverted to front-running tactics on Willie Mullins’ charge and he won by four and a half lengths from Parlour Games with Three Musketeers back in third. Seedling suffered a fatal injury when falling at the second-last flight.
Mullins said: “I didn’t expect him to do that. When I was legging Ruby up, I thought his coat had gone a little bit and I said, ‘This fellow could run flat today.’ One or two of ours had run flat during the week.
“We went back to our old tactics. I said to Ruby that we would do what we did at Leopardstown and forget about Cheltenham.”
Mullins looks set to skip Punchestown with Andrea and Graham Wylie’s five-year-old and added: “I’d probably like to go back to the flat. I may have to ring John Gosden (his former trainer) and ask his advice.
Three Musketeers could be one to follow over fences next season with his trainer Dan Skelton saying: “He jumped the ones he was right at, he just jumps very big. Four out he was a bit slow and back-feet-first, and two out was the same, but at the end of the day the second horse is a Grade One winner and it’s no disgrace on his fourth career start.”
Rory Jiwani 11/04/15
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