MULLINS TO BE TO THE FOUR DOWN UN­DER

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sport - BY RYAN MCELLIGOTT

WIL­LIE Mullins is plan­ning to have up to four horses in ac­tion in Aus­tralia later this au­tumn.

Former Mel­bourne Cup sec­ond Max Dy­na­mite is due to head back Down Un­der as is last year’s Ir­ish St Leger sec­ond Wick­low Brave.

This pair could be joined by the Royal As­cot hero Thomas Hob­son who was in ac­tion in yes­ter­day’s Don­caster Cup.

Max Dy­na­mite has run just four times since his near miss at Flem­ing­ton in 2015.

He was a beaten favourite in last month’s Gal­way Hur­dle but bounced back with a smooth win at Kil­lar­ney last month.

Mean­while, Wick­low Brave had to set­tle for fourth be­hind Or­der Of St Ge­orge at the Cur­ragh last Sun­day.

He will be hop­ing to fare bet­ter than last year’s Mel­bourne Cup out­ing where he fin­ished down the field.

Per­haps the most in­ter­est­ing of all the Mullins (in­set) run­ners will be Riven Light.

A use­ful hur­dler last sea­son, he has pro­gressed very well since switch­ing back to the flat this sum­mer.

Af­ter land­ing a premier hand­i­cap at Gal­way, the five-year-old won a Listed race at Lis­towel on Wed­nes­day af­ter which he went straight into quar­an­tine.

Riven Light could po­ten­tially clash with Aus­tralia’s won­der mare Winx in the Cox Plate late next month.

The in­cred­i­ble Winx will be bid­ding for a third straight win in what is one of Aus­tralia’s premier weight for age con­tests.

Fur­ther­more the mare is on an un­beaten streak which stretches all the way back to April 2015.

Be­fore the Cox Plate though Riven Light is likely to take his chance in a prep race.

In other news, Gor­don El­liott is mulling over the op­tions for Wed­nes­day’s Kerry Na­tional hero Pot­ter’s Point.

“We’re just go­ing to let the dust set­tle be­fore mak­ing any de­ci­sions but a race like the Mun­ster Na­tional at Lim­er­ick next month would be an op­tion,” said El­liott.

“He is still a novice un­til De­cem­ber so the other op­tion we have is to go down the novice route un­til such time as he has to move into open com­pany.

“It’s a nice prob­lem to have and he’s a horse who has come for­ward well lately and I’d hope there might still be more to come from him.”

Else­where El­liott re­ports that Beck­ford is in good shape fol­low­ing his lat­est Group 1 sec­ond in last Sun­day’s Na­tional Stakes.

The trainer said: “Pro­vided all goes well the plan is the Group 1 Mid­dle Park Stakes at New­mar­ket on Septem­ber 30.”

HEAD­ING DOWN UN­DER Wil­lie Mullins’ star Max Dy­na­mite

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