Champion trainer Willie Mullins once again holds a strong hand in the Grade 2 Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown this weekend with the unbeaten pair of Dysart Dynamo and Hawai Game headlining the seven entries.
A recognised trial for the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival, Mullins last won the race in 2018 with Getabird and previously landed the spoils with Min, Douvan, and Vautour.
Leading the opposition in Sunday’s renewal are the Gordon Elliott-trained Gringo D’aubrelle and Henry de Bromhead’s Tramore maiden winner Guily Billy.
On what is set to be a big afternoon for de Bromhead, Guily Billy steps up to Grade 2 company after a facile victory last month.
The Waterford-based trainer is looking forward to the step-up in class for the Cheveley Park Stud-owned six-year-old who showed his true form after being overturned on his racecourse debut at Clonmel prior to that.
Dreal Deal upset the odds in the Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle last year and John Ryan may chase a big success in this year’s renewal with Ferdia and The Little Yank among the entries while James Nash has included the 120-rated Hammersmith.
The Grade 3 Kildare Novice Chase is also down for decision on Sunday with de Bromhead set to unleash Cheltenham Festival hero Bob Olinger into a field that also potentially features Capodanno and Lifetime Ambition.
Racing on Sunday is due to start at 12.45 pm and further details on tickets can be found at Punchestown.com.