Jumps followers are served up a midweek deal with in Eire on Thursday as one of many sport’s superstars makes his long-awaited return within the Clonmel Oil Chase.
Willie Mullins has landed seven of the final 10 editions of the Grade Two function at Powerstown Park, with Champagne Fever (2014), Kemboy (2018) and Douvan (2019) amongst these on the roll of honour.
This 12 months the champion coach saddles two of the declared runners, with Janidil joined by his long-absent and esteemed stablemate Allaho.
The Cheveley Park Stud-owned gelding was spectacular in profitable back-to-back renewals of the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham, pummelling his rivals by 12 and 14 lengths respectively, earlier than efficiently stepping as much as three miles with a 14-length demolition job within the 2022 Punchestown Gold Cup.
He has not been seen in aggressive motion for the reason that latter of these triumphs 19 months in the past, however will nonetheless be a brief value to dispatch of his three rivals within the palms of Paul Townend.
“Allaho has been implausible for us, profitable a few Ryanairs, a Punchestown Gold Cup and a John Durkan. It is nice to see him again and hopefully he can present us that he is again to his finest,” mentioned Cheveley Park Stud director Richard Thompson.
“He is 9 turning 10 in January, he is been one of many stalwarts from the bunch of jumps horses we purchased and hopefully we’ll nonetheless have some good days with him.
“He is been off the monitor since April 2022, an excellent 12 months and a half, so will probably be fascinating to see him again and we’ll see how he will get on.
“Earlier than he obtained injured final season we hoped he may be a three-time winner of the Ryanair and hopefully nonetheless may be.”
The most important menace to the Mullins pair is French Dynamite, who bids to supply Mouse Morris with one other big-race win following Gentlemansgame’s victory within the Charlie Corridor at Wetherby on Saturday.
Morris mentioned: “He’ll most likely take the run and it could be arduous to assume we’ll beat Allaho, but it surely’s an excellent place to begin and it’ll put him proper for wherever we wish to go afterwards.”
John Ryan’s outsider Grange Stroll completes the quartet.