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Sir Gerhard and Dysart Dynamo aiming to extend Mullins’ winning run

Sir Gerhard and Dysart Dynamo give Willie Mullins the ace hand in his bid for a fifth straight victory in the Bective Stud Champion Novice Hurdle.

The Closutton handler has unsurprisingly dominated the opening Grade One of the Punchestown Festival, with Hurricane Fly (2009), Faugheen (2014) and Douvan (2015) among his eight previous winners overall.

Sir Gerhard is the likely favourite this time around after winning the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last month.

The Cheveley Park Stud-owned seven-year-old drops back in distance on Tuesday, but did win at Grade One level over the minimum trip at Leopardstown’s Dublin Racing Festival in February.

Patrick Mullins, assistant to his father, said: “Sir Gerhard came out of Cheltenham very, very good. He jumped much better there and we don’t know what got into him at Leopardstown at the Dublin Racing Festival – maybe he was just feeling something on the day.

“I thought his performance at Cheltenham could be marked up hugely on account of how keen he was early on. I think he is very versatile and will be very difficult to beat.”

With Paul Townend aboard Sir Gerhard, Mullins junior will get back on board Dysart Dynamo, having steered him to a wide-margin bumper success at this meeting last year.

The Westerner gelding was not done with when falling three flights from the finish in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle six weeks ago and bolted up over this course and distance on his penultimate start.

Patrick Mullins and Dysart Dynamo in action at Punchestown
Patrick Mullins and Dysart Dynamo in action at Punchestown (Brian Lawless/PA)

“For me Punchestown really plays to Dysart Dynamo’s strengths,” Mullins added.

“He has won there twice. He gave me a horrendous time last year – it was like wrestling a bear around!

“I think hurdles help him concentrate a little bit and it should definitely do after Cheltenham, but I think Punchestown is a track that suits his strong running style.”

Gordon Elliott’s Mighty Potter was pulled up when well fancied for the Supreme, but did win in Grade One company on his ultimate run.

Mighty Potter at Leopardstown
Mighty Potter at Leopardstown (Niall Carson/PA)

Connections will check on underfoot conditions before deciding whether to give him another run.

Joey Logan, racing manager for owners Caldwell Construction Ltd, said: “We’re going to walk the track to make sure we’re happy, but he’s in good form.

“Nothing went right for him in Cheltenham. When he was going down he got loose and when he was jumping the sixth or seventh last hurdle, he overstretched himself and was sore after for a week or 10 days.

“He’s a chaser in the making, so to win a Grade One hurdle with him was a bonus. He’s 17 hands and there’s a lot to look forward to next year after a summer’s grass.”

Elliott’s apparent second string Vina Ardanza and Oliver McKiernan’s outsider Gatsby Grey complete the line-up.

Sir Gerhard and Dysart Dynamo remain in Supreme reckoning

Willie Mullins’ pair of Sir Gerhard and Dysart Dynamo both feature among 17 confirmations for Tuesday’s Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, the opening event of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.

The most successful Festival trainer in history usually plays his hand late and will not have to make a final decision until Sunday’s 48-hour declaration stage.

Sir Gerhard, winner of the Champion Bumper 12 months ago in front of empty grandstands, has won both his outings over hurdles, including a six-length success at the Dublin Racing Festival.

Dysart Dynamo won the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle last time out, a race with a good track record for unearthing the Supreme winner.

Mullins has also left in Kilcruit, second to Sir Gerhard in the Bumper last year, State Man, El Fabiolo, Bring On The Night, Farout and Grangee.

Nicky Henderson is another with two major contenders left in via Constitution Hill and Jonbon, but he has stated for weeks it is his intention to run both.

Constitution Hill won the Tolworth Hurdle impressively on just his second outing while Jonbon is unbeaten in a point-to-point, a bumper and three runs over hurdles.

He is bidding to emulate his full brother Douvan, who won the race in 2015.

Nicky Henderson with Constitution Hill (left) and Jonbon
Nicky Henderson with Constitution Hill (left) and Jonbon (Tim Goode/PA)

In the Sporting Life Arkle, Gavin Cromwell’s Gabynako was added to the field at a cost of £8,000 meaning 14 go forward.

Placed in two Grade Ones on his last two outings, he already held entries in the Turners and Brown Advisory Novices’ Chases, but Cromwell felt the Arkle looked the least testing of the three races.

Alan King’s Edwardstone heads the market with Mullins’ Blue Lord, Haut En Couleurs and Saint Sam among the leading players.

Gordon Elliott’s five-year-old mare Riviere D’etel is another major contender.

Mullins also holds an incredibly strong hand in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle with Concertista, Stormy Ireland and Burning Victory all among the favourites.

A total of 15 remain in contention, with Henry de Bromhead’s Telmesomethinggirl, Queens Brook, Marie’s Rock and Mrs Milner among the remainder.

All the major contenders stood their ground in the Ukraine Appeal National Hunt Chase with Elliott’s Run Wild Fred and Mullins’ Stattler heading the ante-post lists. Threeunderthrufive retains the option for Paul Nicholls who has also left Frodon in the Ultima Handicap Chase.

Elliott full of respect for Bob Olinger and Dysart Dynamo

He will not be cheering them on during the heat of battle at Cheltenham, far from it – but Bob Olinger and Dysart Dynamo have both received a seal of approval from Gordon Elliott.

The exciting pair, trained by Henry de Bromhead and Willie Mullins respectively, are leading hopes for the Turners Novices’ Chase (Bob Olinger) and the Supreme or Ballymore Novices’ Hurdles (Dysart Dynamo), but they have caught the eye of the rival handler.

Elliott has his own possible representatives in each of those races, but asked this week for a novice chaser and novice hurdler to follow at the big meeting from a yard other than his own, the Cullentra trainer had little hesitation.

He said: “I saw Bob Olinger schooling in Navan (last week), it was just getting dark and you could only really see him over the last two fences and it looked like he jumped them awesome.

“And without trying to sound like the great man Ruby Walsh, I just loved the way he went from the last to the line. From what I saw, I was very impressed.

“I thought Dysart Dynamo was good in Punchestown, he looked awesome from what I saw. It was only a Grade Two, but that’s as impressive on the eye that I’ve seen (in the novice division). Maybe I’m wrong, I don’t know. He’s not one of ours, but I thought he looked good.”

Henderson and Mullins big guns all entered at Cheltenham

Nicky Henderson’s duo Constitution Hill and Jonbon and the Willie Mullins-trained pair of Dysart Dynamo and Sir Gerhard are among the big names in contention for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle.

An initial 61 entries, down from 96 last season, have been made for the traditional Cheltenham Festival curtain-raiser, with this year’s renewal having the potential to be one of the most eagerly anticipated in several years.

The marginal favourite at this stage is Constitution Hill following his demolition job in the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown, while his stablemate Jonbon maintained his unbeaten record with a more workmanlike display at Haydock on Saturday.

Dysart Dynamo, meanwhile, has risen from relative obscurity to becoming a major player after his jaw-dropping recent victory in Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.

Sir Gerhard, winner of last season’s Champion Bumper, is the biggest priced of the quartet at 7-1, despite his thoroughly impressive hurdling debut at Leopardstown over the Christmas period.

It is important to note that all four horses, like several others, are also among the 95 entries for the longer Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.

Gordon Elliott’s Mighty Potter, who has already won a Grade One novice event, is also doubly engaged, whereas the Paul Nicholls-trained Stage Star is just in the Ballymore.

Mighty Potter in action at Leopardstown
Mighty Potter in action at Leopardstown (Niall Carson/PA)

Ante-post punters also face the headache of trying to work out which horses will run in the Ballymore or tackle the three-mile Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, for which 52 names are in the mix,

Elliott’s pair of Ginto and Hollow Games, who were first and third in a Grade One at Naas recently, are among those given the twin entry in the two longer novice events.

A total of 59 entries are in the hat for the JCB Triumph Hurdle.

Elliott’s Fil Dor heads the market ahead of the likes of Vauban (Mullins), Icare Allen (Mullins) and Knight Salute (Milton Harris).

Dysart Dynamo blows Punchestown rivals away

Dysart Dynamo galloped his rivals into submission – and fired a warning shot to Constitution Hill and Jonbon in the process – as he maintained his unbeaten record in the Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.

Willie Mullins’ charge won both his bumper outings last term and got off to a good start over obstacles when triumphing by 19 lengths at Cork in December.

He was sent off the 4-9 favourite for this Grade Two contest and Paul Townend was quick to assume the lead, with Dysart Dynamo quickly building up a healthy advantage over the chasing Gringo D’aubrelle and Guily Billy.

The field was well strung out by halfway and Dysart Dynamo just kept up his relentless gallop, with a slightly awkward landing at the penultimate obstacle barely checking his momentum as Townend allowed him to cruise home by 19 lengths from Gringo D’aubrelle.

Mullins has won the two-mile affair with some giants of the jumping game in the past, with Vautour, Douvan and Min landing the prize between 2014 and 2016, and the bookmakers feel Dysart Dynamo holds similar potential, chopping him in the markets for both the Supreme and Ballymore Novices’ Hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival.

Paddy Power offer 7-2 from 12s for the Supreme – behind only the Nicky Henderson-trained Constitution Hill and Jonbon – while he is the 4-1 favourite for the longer Ballymore in March. Coral go 4-1 about both races.

Townend said: “We went a proper gallop and he jumped brilliant. He’s exciting and it was a very good performance.

“He’s a good one and nicer people couldn’t have a good one like him. They love their horses and have a proper one now.”

Dysart Dynamo came home in splendid isolation
Dysart Dynamo came home in splendid isolation (Donall Farmer/PA)

Mullins’ assistant David Casey expects Dysart Dynamo to head to Cheltenham, although definite plans have yet to be decided.

He said: “He was very impressive and we see that at home with him. He has a huge engine and you would have to be delighted with him.

“I don’t know what the plan is, but you would imagine he will go straight to Cheltenham now.

“Paul said he did everything right for him and he had plenty left at the end.”

Whiskey Lullaby made it a double for Mullins and Townend
Whiskey Lullaby made it a double for Mullins and Townend (Donall Farmer/PA)

Mullins and Townend made it a double with Whiskey Lullaby in the Sporting Life Beginners Chase, with the 13-8 favourite hanging on by three-quarters of a length from Difficult Decision.

The Closutton team had to settle for second in the first division of the 15% Off Festival Tickets Maiden Hurdle as Goven could not hold the renewed challenge of Hiaou, the 11-8 market leader.

His trainer Gordon Elliott has a Cheltenham Festival run in mind for the Jack Kennedy-ridden winner.

Hiaou (far side) just edged victory
Hiaou (far side) just edged victory (Donall Farmer/PA)

He said: “He did everything wrong and Jack said he needed a better gallop. The one thing I like about him is he’s gutsy and he couldn’t pull him up after the line.

“He’s still a big, weak horse and I’d say we could step him out in trip. He’ll have a few more runs this year and he could be on the Cheltenham team.”

The second division went to Supreme Jet (5-2 favourite) while Must Be Obeyed (12-1) stayed on strongly to land the Punchestown Gift Vouchers Mares Handicap Hurdle for Tom Gibney and Darragh O’Keeffe.