Mullins bids to land eighth suc­cess in Flyer

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WIL­LIE MULLINS is dou­ble-handed as he bids to en­hance his ex­cel­lent record in the Sky Bet Moscow Flyer Novice Hur­dle at Punchestown to­mor­row.

The cham­pion trainer has claimed this Grade Two prize seven times in the last decade, with three sub­se­quent Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val win­ners in Mikael D’Haguenet (2009), Vau­tour (2014) and Dou­van (2015) on the roll of hon­our.

This year Mullins sad­dles Tramore maiden hur­dle win­ner Har­rie and tal­ented mare Build­me­up­but­ter­cup, who was a dual bumper win­ner for Mick Channon and made a suc­cess­ful start to her jump­ing ca­reer at Na­van last month.

Ruby Walsh takes the ride on Har­rie, with Paul Townend part­ner­ing Build­me­up­but­ter­cup.

Patrick Mullins, as­sis­tant to his fa­ther, said: “Build­me­up­but­ter­cup looked like she was go­ing to win eas­ily in Na­van be­fore get­ting tired, like a lot of our horses have done.

“We’d be ex­pect­ing her to im­prove plenty from that run and she gets a good bit of weight off the boys.

“I don’t think the ground or the trip will be any trou­ble to her. Har­rie also looked like he was go­ing to win eas­ily in Tramore and then got tired, too. We think there’s a good bit of im­prove­ment in him as well.”

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