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Patrick Mullins: Easy Vega will need to be every bit as good as we hope he is | Horse Racing News

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Easy Vega: Quevega’s won by six lengths on his debut and runs again on Saturday

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By Brian Sheerin

Patrick Mullins believes Facile Vega, son of the legendary racemare Quevega, will need to be every bit as good as they think he is at Closutton to harden his reputation as a genuine Cheltenham contender with victory at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Easy Vega will face six previous winners in the Grade 2 Goffs Future Stars bumper (4.25) and Mullins, who gave the lowdown on the yard’s best chances for the Dublin Racing Festival, expects a big performance.

The champion amateur said: “It’s a very competitive race. The Big Doyen has been very impressive in winning both of his bumpers, Sandor Clegane won as he liked at Punchestown and Itswhatunitesus also won by daylight at Navan.”

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Patrick Mullins:

Patrick Mullins: “He’s three times the size of her [Quevega] and not as grumpy as she was”

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Easy Vega won by six lengths on his debut at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting and Mullins added: “He’s going to need to be every bit as good as we hope he is in order to win. We’ve been very happy with him since Christmas. He took the race well and is in great form at home. I’m really looking forward to riding him.

“He’s not at all like Quevega. He’s three times the size of her and not as grumpy as she was. Hopefully he can fly the flag for her on Saturday.”

Easy Vega is 4-5 with most firms to win on Saturday, while odds of 3-1 are available for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham.


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Mullins looks to have another good opportunity in Sunday’s Grade 2 Coolmore NH Sires Santiago Irish EBF Mares bumper (4.40) at Leopardstown aboard Pink In The Park. She is 6-5 favorite and the one he is expecting to ride.

He said: “We’ll have to see how they scope on Friday morning but Pink In The Park is the standout on racecourse performances. But at home, there isn’t much between two or three of them. Pink In The Park would look the one on what she’s achieved on the track.”

Since its inception, Willie Mullins has won 22 of the 60 races at the Dublin Racing Festival and Ireland’s dominant trainer has a multitude of short-priced favorites this weekend.

While Patrick concedes the stable is unlikely to lower the colors of Honeysuckle in the Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle, he revealed he would side with Asterion Forlonge in the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup on Saturday. He also hopes to see Each One For Self show his true colors in Sunday’s Ladbrokes Dublin Chase (1.50).

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Asterion Forlonge: Mullins runner goes for the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup on Saturday

Asterion Forlonge: Mullins runner goes for the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup on Saturday

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Mullins said: “We don’t have much to take on Honeysuckle with but the Gold Cup is different. The ground is going to be the unknown. There has been such a phenomenal amount of water put on the track and it’ll be interesting to see how it wrinkles.

“If it’s dead ground, that would be a question mark for Kemboy, but I think Asterion Forlonge is very interesting. People say he needs to go right-handed but it’s worth remembering that his only Grade 1 win came at Leopardstown.”

He added: “We’d all like to see Tous Pour Soi back to his best and we’d like to think he is. Greaneteen is going to be a serious challenger.

“The hype about Galopin Des Champs [ahead of Sunday’s Ladbrokes Novice Chase] has been phenomenal and hopefully it’s right. His beginners’ chase performance was jaw-droppingly good but it was only a beginners’ chase, so we’ll be crossing our fingers he can live up to his reputation.

“There’s a lot of depth in Sir Gerhard’s race [Sunday’s Tattersalls Ireland Novice Hurdle] but we’d like to think he’ll have the measure of his rivals.”

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