Very easy for Un Atout

Sat 19th Jan 2013, 15:22

photoUn Atout enjoying the job at Naas
©Healy Racing Photos
There is definite star potential about Un Atout and he emphasised how exciting his future could be when bolting up in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Irish Racing Writers Novice Hurdle at Naas to complete an excellent day for Davy Russell who won on all four mounts.

Bringing up a double for Gigginstown House Stud following on from Tofino Bay thirty five minutes earlier in the Grade 2 novice chase, this was easy for 2/7 chance Un Atout.

The Robin Des Champs gelding led entering the straight and he effortlessly stretched away, hurdling like a natural, to slam Rory O'Moore by nineteen lengths.

Willie Mullins trains the five-year-old and he commented: "He jumped well and he was very strong in the ground. He stayed but he has plenty of gears too.

"I'm very happy with everything he did today. He'll be entered up in all the races.

"He's in the Deloitte. He'll hardly run before that and I don't know if I want him to run in that either.

"I have no wish to step him up in trip just yet."

< Un Atout is 7/1 (from 14s) for the Supreme Novices with Boylesports and 10s (from 14s) for the Neptune.

< Un Atout is 9/1 (from 14s) for the Supreme Novices with Stan James. Apparently they went 12/1 initially from 16s but that has been taken already.

Davy Russell has shortened to 4/7 (from 4/6) for the National Hunt Jockey's Championship while Ruby Walsh has drifted to 5/4 (from 11/10) with Stan James.

Paddy Power - Supreme Novices' Un Atout 10/1 from 14s. They also went money back on all losers here. (GC & EM)

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