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Mullins mulls Gowran Park next for Killultagh Vic

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Gareth Freeman

Willie Mullins was happy with Killultagh Vic's return to action and says the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park could be the next target.

After a lengthy absence, Mullins' charge claimed a victory in the Free Festival Upgrade Ticket Offer Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday.

The trainer was happy with Killultagh Vic's display, albeit with reservations over his jumping, and says he will take his time before deciding on the next assignment but Gowran Park is in his thoughts.

"His engine is intact all right," said Mullins, as reported by Sporting Life. "But his hurdle jumping brain hasn't changed much!

"Hopefully everything will be all right over the next week and we'll probably look for something over fences for him the next time. He's not a natural hurdler.

"The main thing is just to recover from this race and look for a target after that.

"I sort of wondered whether I'd stay hurdling with him this season, but the way he jumped there he's not going to step up in class much more.

"We schooled him over fences the other day, before Leopardstown, and maybe that's what was in his head, but he hasn't the best reputation as a hurdler. We'll probably look for a chase.

"The Kinloch Brae in Thurles might come too soon. Maybe the Red Mills Chase might suit better.

"Today's job is done and the next job is to see how he comes out of the race, then we'll look at something after that."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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