The name Willie Mullins puts fear into the bookmakers over the Christmas period every year. Boxing Day is arguably the best day of sporting action in the entire year for both horseracing and football lovers. Adrian Wall has highlighted the Mullins horses to follow this festive period and they combine to form a massive 162-1 accumulator.
Ferny Hollow (10-11)
Racing Post Novice Chase
2.20 Leopardstown (Sunday)
Just seven are left in the race on Monday but this is surely the race that Ferny Hollow will go for. The 2020 Cheltenham Champion Bumper winner left Appreciate It in his wake that day and he also got the better of Bob Olinger in a maiden hurdle at Gowran in November 2020. That form looks absolutely ridiculous in terms of strength and he was workmanlike yet impressive when scoring on chasing bow at Punchestown this month. The one to beat.
Asterion Forlonge (11-2)
King George VI Chase
3.05 Kempton (Sunday)
The seven-year-old gelding Asterion Forlonge is a bit of an enigma. He unquestionably has an unbelievable amount of talent but he usually tends to find a way to mess up a race. A sketchy jumper at best, this flat track should suit him down to the ground. He is a very strong traveller and without question would have won the John Durkan Memorial at Punchestown if he didn’t fall. Compensation may await in one of the biggest of them all.
Chacun Pour Soi (1-2)
Paddy Rewards Club Chase
1.10 Leopardstown (Monday)
Energumene is a surprise non-runner for the race so it looks like a penalty kick for his stablemate Chacun Pour Soi, who will now take his chance instead. Battleoverdoyen needs further than this and Envoi Allen is nowhere near the horse of two years ago so Willie’s horse should be able to take full advantage.
Chacun Pour Soi
Klassical Dream (5-2)
Leopardstown Christmas Hurdle
1.10 Leopardstown (Tuesday)
Another horse that could be in the reckoning at the top of the stayer’s division this year is Klassical Dream. The former Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner is now a four-time Grade 1 winner. He came back from a very lengthy absence to land the Champion Stayers’ Hurdle at Punchestown back in April in great fashion. If he is in that sort of form, he will prove very hard to beat.
2.20 Leopardstown (Wednesday)
The fantastic Sharjah has won this race three years on the bounce and you would want to be a brave person betting against him to land his fourth. He will arrive to the race on top of his game after tasting victory in the Morgiana in November under Patrick Mullins, who will probably ride him again. He might not turn out to be any good in March but in December he is a beast.
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