Five key Gigginstown horses Mullins has lost

Don Poli (Bryan Cooper)

Don Poli: Grand National fancy is moving yards

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Following the news of the shock split between Gigginstown and Willie Mullins, David Carr identifies five stars that will be leaving Ireland’s champion trainer.

Don Poli
A top-class staying chaser, who has only run nine times over fences – and 15 times in total – and may well still have more to give.

Won at the Cheltenham Festival in 2014 and 2015 and finished third in the Gold Cup there last season, albeit he was never able to land a blow behind his owners’ Don Cossack.

Had earlier won the Grade 1 Lexus Chase at Leopardstown and he is one of the ante-post favourites for the 2017 Randox Health Grand National.


Apple’s Jade: very highly-regarded by Mullins

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Apple’s Jade
The undoubted star among last season’s juvenile hurdlers, even though she could finish only second in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Went on from that defeat to score by a scarcely-believable 41 lengths in Grade 1 company l and backed that up with another easy top-level victory at Punchestown.

Described by Mullins as the best juvenile he has trained and features behind only her former stablemates Faugheen and Annie Power in the market for the 2017 Stan James Champion Hurdle

Valseur Lido and Ruby Walsh

Valseur Lido: consistent performer at a high level

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Valseur Lido
One of the top novice chasers of 2014-15 and won twice in Grade 1 company at Fairyhouse that season.

Failed to win last term but finished second three times, most notably behind ex-stable-companion Vautour in the Ryanair Chase – sponsored by his owners – at Cheltenham.

Also in the lead and travelling well when he unseated Ruby Walsh in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown.

Outlander and Bryan Cooper winning

Outlander: Did well in novice company and could improve again

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A leading novice chaser last season, who completed  hat-trick over fences when landing the Grade 1 Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown last February.

Close up in fourth place and looking as though he would be involved in the finish when he fell four out in the JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham.

Second places in Grade 1 events at Fairyhouse and Punchestown subsequently suggest he will have a bright future in open company this season.


Blow By Blow: Exciting novice

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Blow By Blow
A cracking prospect for novice events this season after a highly promising campaign in bumpers in 2015-16.

Did not go to Cheltenham but he completed a hat-trick when landing Ireland’s only Grade 1 bumper, making all in the Champion INH Flat Race at Punchestown in April.

Reportedly set to go hurdling but already has been described as ‘every inch a chaser’ by Mullins.


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