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My Mate Mozzie likely to wait for Dublin Racing Festival

My Mate Mozzie is likely to head straight to Dublin Racing Festival following his narrow defeat at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

A point-to-point and bumper winner and impressive on his first two starts over hurdles, the five-year-old was favourite to successfully graduate to Grade One level in the Royal Bond.

Having been ridden prominently but not fluent at the last, Gavin Cromwell’s charge was denied in the shadow of the post – going down a short head to Willie Mullins-trained mare Statuaire.

Cromwell said: “The Royal Bond was a messy enough race and My Mate Mozzie was a bit keen. He just got under the last and but for that he would have won.

“We’re probably going to bypass Christmas. He’s had three runs now and I’d say we might give him a couple of weeks off and bring him back for the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown in February.”

It proved to be a frustrating afternoon for Cromwell at Fairyhouse, with Gabynako also having to make do with the runner-up spot in the following Drinmore Novice Chase following two crucial mistakes.

The six-year-old is likely to be in action over the festive period, with a step up to three miles for Leopardstown’s Neville Hotels Novice Chase the preferred option as things stand.

Gavin Cromwell saddled two Grade One seconds at Fairyhouse
Gavin Cromwell saddled two Grade One seconds at Fairyhouse (David Davies/PA)

“It’s frustrating, but both horses ran a cracker and I suppose it’s great they showed they can be competitive at that level,” Cromwell added.

“Gabynako made two mistakes at the second-last and the last, which probably cost him the race.

“He could potentially go to three miles in the novice chase in Leopardstown. He’s entered over two and a half in Limerick, but I think we might step him up.

“Obviously I have Vanillier at home as well and we’ll try to keep them separated.”

Mozzie aiming to reign in Royal Bond heat

My Mate Mozzie is among those bidding to add their name to an illustrious roll of honour in the Baroneracing.com Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

Three-times Champion Hurdle hero Istabraq (1996), brilliant chaser Moscow Flyer (1999) and the record-breaking Hurricane Fly (2008) are just a few of the names who have claimed this Grade One contest.

The Gavin Cromwell-trained My Mate Mozzie is the likely favourite for this year’s renewal after he took his 100 per cent record over the smaller obstacles to two in the For Auction Novice Hurdle at Navan three weeks ago.

Cromwell said: “I suppose it’s coming quick enough after Navan, but I’m happy with him. He worked earlier in the week and worked well – we’re on target.

“It’s going to be good ground and that’s not going to be a problem for him. He travels well and has plenty of pace and can quicken.

“He jumps well. He jumped out a bit to his right in Navan, but we’re going right-handed in Fairyhouse, so hopefully that will play to his strengths.”

Gordon Elliott, who has won three of the last four runnings with Mengli Khan (2017), Envoi Allen (2019) and Ballyadam (2020), is this year represented by both Mighty Potter and Three Stripe Life.

Mighty Potter faces a step up in class after winning by 29 lengths at Down Royal, while last season’s Champion Bumper fourth Three Stripe Life impressed on his hurdling bow over the course and distance.

Mighty Potter was a runaway winner at Down Royal
Mighty Potter was a runaway winner at Down Royal (Niall Carson/PA)

“Three Stripe Life and Mighty Potter are in good form. They’re two nice horses – two babies at the start of their careers, to be honest,” said Elliott.

“It’s probably hard to split them. I suppose if I was to say anything, long-term Mighty Potter could be more of a big chaser than a hurdler.

“Three Stripe Life did it well the last day and has good form. He’s a nice horse who jumps very well.”

Hurricane Fly is one of a record eight previous Royal Bond winners for Willie Mullins, who this year saddles three horses at double-figure odds in Arctic Warrior, Farout and Statuaire.

Patrick Mullins, assistant to his father, said: “Arctic Warrior was disappointing last time, but he’s come out of that race fine.

“He’s has had a lot of bad luck – he as an F and a P against his name. We think a lot of him at home, but he’s going to need to show it on the track now.

“Farout was very good in Galway. His jumping let him down in Listowel, but he has schooled very well since. We think he is better than his run in Listowel and we expect a much improved performance.

“Statuaire is coming back from a little break. On form she has to improve. If she could sneak a bit of prize money and black type that would be great.”

Joseph O’Brien’s Uhtred and Colm Murphy’s unbeaten mare Impervious complete the field.

Fury Road is one of two runners for Gordon Elliott in the Drinmore Novice Chase
Fury Road is one of two runners for Gordon Elliott in the Drinmore Novice Chase (Niall Carson/PA)

Top-level honours are also up for grabs in the Drinmore Novice Chase, which like the Royal Bond has been been dominated by the Elliott team in recent years.

The Cullentra House handler’s six winners include Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Don Cossack (2013), Delta Work (2018) and last season’s brilliant winner Envoi Allen – and this year he fires a twin assault.

Fury Road was runner-up to the reopposing Gabynako on his chasing debut at this venue, while Grand Paradis fell at Down Royal in a race won by another leading Drinmore contender in Lifetime Ambition.

“Fury Road will come on an awful lot from Fairyhouse the last day, when he blew up badly going to the second last. He has come on well,” said Elliott.

“Grand Paradis did the same – he was having a blow when he fell at the second-last in Down Royal. In fairness he had jumped brilliantly and didn’t do anything wrong, but skidded out on his belly.

Bleu Berry after winning the Coral Cup at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival
Bleu Berry after winning the Coral Cup at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival (David Davies/PA)

“He schooled around Punchestown last week and jumped very well and he’ll come on from it.

“Both my Drinmore horses will improve. Whether or not that’ll be good enough, I don’t know yet.”

Cromwell targeting Royal Bond contest for My Mate Mozzie

My Mate Mozzie will head for the baroneracing.com Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse following his striking display at Navan on Sunday.

Impressive in a bumper at last season’s Punchestown Festival, Gavin Cromwell’s charge returned to County Kildare to make a winning hurdling debut last month.

The five-year-old faced a step up in class for the Grade Three For Auction Novice Hurdle, but put his rivals to the sword with a 10-length success.

Cromwell admits his tendency to jump right is a concern with the long-term future in mind, but it is unlikely to be an issue on a right-handed track like Fairyhouse, where he will bid for Grade One glory on November 28.

“He did it well, (but) I suppose it was a little bit disappointing that he jumped out to his right so much,” said the trainer.

“It wasn’t something that I expected of him and I suppose it was one of those things we weren’t really going to see until we went in that direction.

“Going forward on left-handed tracks, it’s not the perfect way to do things, but apart from that he jumps very well, he travels and he stays well, so he’s a nice a horse to go forward with.

“The Royal Bond in Fairyhouse is definitely the target. We’re probably going to have to go left-handed again if we’re good enough to, but we’ll go to the Royal Bond first and see how we go.”

FairyhouseLetsbeclearaboutit winning at Fairyhouse Easter Festival 2021 – Saturday April 3rd
Letsbeclearaboutit winning at Fairyhouse (Niall Carson/PA)

Another promising horse Cromwell trains for My Mate Mozzie’s owners Alymer Stud is Letsbeclearaboutit, who won three bumpers last season and was runner-up behind the top-class pair of Sir Gerhard and Kilcruit on his other two starts.

However, his jumping introduction is on hold.

“He’s had a bit of setback, so you won’t see him until after Christmas,” Cromwell added.

“Hopefully we’ll have him back for the second half of the season.”

My Mate Mozzie continues progression in For Auction

My Mate Mozzie shortened in the market on the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle as he took his unbeaten record over the smaller obstacles to two with a convincing all-the-way win in the Grade Three For Auction Novice Hurdle at Navan.

Gavin Cromwell’s five-year-old made a big impression on his hurdling debut at Punchestown last month. and followed up in promising fashion.

My Mate Mozzie (4-5 favourite) was tracked by Serenity Grove and San Salvador in the early stages before the pace picked up from three out.

The Gordon Elliott-trained pair of Boothen Boy and Chemical Energy tried to mount challenges, but the former came down at the final flight, hampering his stable companion.

My Mate returns in triumph after the For Auction Novice Hurdle
My Mate returns in triumph after the For Auction Novice Hurdle (Gary Carson/PA)

That left My Mate Mozzie to score as he liked, by 10 lengths, in the hands of Mark Walsh. Chemical Energy hung on for second place with Ferdia a length away in third spot.

Walsh said: “The only negative I’d have about him is that he was jumping right most of the way.

“I think a right-handed track would suit him better, but he’s a lovely horse – very straightforward and he travels and jumps.

“I gave him a squeeze after the second-last and he felt like he sprinted away from them. He’s an exciting horse going forward.

“I gave him a squeeze after the second-last, but I hadn’t fully gone for him and I was very happy I was always going to win.”

My Mate Mozzie was trimmed to 16-1 from 20-1 for the Supreme at the Cheltenham Festival with Betfair and Paddy Power.