Willie Mullins will aim Burning Victory at the Prix du Cadran following her fine effort to be fourth in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.
The six-year-old could well take on last year’s winner Trueshan in the ParisLongchamp stayers event in October after she produced a gallant effort in her first outing on the Flat since chasing home Buzz in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket last October.
The Audrey Turley-owned mare, who won the Triumph Hurdle in 2020, was only beaten a length and a half by Kyprios.
While she won a Grade Three contest at Punchestown in February, Burning Victory had otherwise failed to set the world alight over hurdles this year, yet she excelled over Ascot’s stiff two and a half-mile Gold Cup trip.
Mullins said: “She ran a good race. I was very pleased with her. The ground may have been a little on the quick side for her, but she has run more than creditably.
“There are options for her and we will get her home and see how she is, but I should think the Cadran would probably be a target for her, as the ground might be a little easier by then.”
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Burning Victory won her first race over jumps since the 2020 Triumph Hurdle when making all the running in the Watch On Racing TV Quevega Mares Hurdle at Punchestown.
Willie Mullins’ six-year-old took advantage of Goshen’s final flight mishap at the Cheltenham Festival a couple of years ago but she has struggled over hurdles since then.
She had been over to France a couple of times to win on the Flat and finished second in the Cesarewitch in the interim, but she was cut to 7-1 from 8-1 by Betfair for the Close Brother Mares’ Hurdle next month after this success.
Paul Townend made sure there was no hiding place in the testing ground and set off at a fair lick, soon spreading the field out.
Only Gordon Elliott’s Queen’s Brook could keep tabs on Burning Victory, but even that rival appeared to have been dropped at the second last, with Townend’s mount nicely clear.
However, despite jumping the last with seemingly plenty left in the tank, the leader’s stride began to shorten allowing Queen’s Brook to close in, eventually being beaten a length and a half by the 1-2 favourite.
It was a seventh win in the race for Mullins since 2014.
“I was very happy with her jumping, I think it’s the first time she’s ever jumped without making a mistake, so the cheekpieces were a big help to her,” said Mullins.
“She still jumped a little tall. I think she needed the race, especially the way she finished but she did go a fast gallop and was probably tying up a little bit at the end.
“I’d imagine she’ll go for the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, that’s the plan.”
Cheltenham could also be on the agenda for Imagine (4-9 favourite) who ran out a five-and-a-half-length winner for Elliott and jockey Jamie Codd in the closing Join Racing TV Now Flat Race.
The winning rider said: “He’s a lovely horse. Joey Logan bought him at the sales last year.
“He’s a horse that has a big future, I think he was only getting going at the line.
“I’d imagine that he’s one that Gordon might aim at the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham. He’s booked his ticket now and he could run there.
“He’s been a smart horse all along.”
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