Clondaw now Cheltenham Bumper fav

Sat 17th Nov 2012, 16:24

photoHome alone - Clondaw Court and Patrick Mullins
©Healy Racing Photos
Normal service was resumed in bumpers after a couple of reverses during the week for Willie and Patrick Mullins. After a trying day for the Mullins camp, Clondaw Court put smiles on the faces when bolting home in the Racing At Punchestown Tomorrow (Pro/Am) Flat Race.

It doesn't look like he was beating much but you couldn't fail to be impressed with the way the former Colin Bowe-trained point-to-pointer disposed of the opposition. Clondaw Court (2/5 fav) effortlessly stretched away up the straight to slam De Glebe Star by an unflattering twenty seven lengths.

Willie Mullins said of Susannah Ricci's £130,000 buy: "He did what he's been showing us at home. He did one bit of very good work and he translated that to the track.

"I had planned to go jumping but we'll have to go for a winners bumper now. He looks good."

Stan James have introduced Clondaw Court into their Cheltenham Festival Bumper betting, making him their 10/1 favourite. (AM & EM)

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There is not much attention given to national hunt racing in the summer months, by punters or by the media. It is, of course, understandable given that our attention is focused on the flat season: the action at Royal Ascot, the Classics and the rest of the elements that define the summer racing season. Some punters might have a dabble at an ante post bet for Cheltenham next year, but by and large we forget about it until the autumn.

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