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Pravalaguna poised for Cheltenham outing

10th February 2019, 12:23 by Craig Smithson

Pravalaguna could feature at next month's Cheltenham Festival after an impressive win in the BBA Ireland Limited Opera Hat Mares Chase.

The Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old was the big favourite to win the two-mile feature in Naas on Saturday after December's first win over fences at Limerick.

And, despite a brief scare five fences from home, jockey Paul Townend guided Pravalaguna 14 lengths ahead of second-placed Baie Des Iles with Teacher's Pet in third.

Looking ahead to Cheltenham, Mullins said: "It was a nice performance. The mistake seemed to wake her up and she galloped on away at the end, so she can go two or two-and-a-half (miles). I'd have no trouble going an extra half mile with her again.

"The Arkle is a possibility. I know the connections would like to have a runner at Cheltenham, no more than myself. She's also in the JLT, so both are a possibility.

"We didn't think she would survive her fall in Auteuil (in June 2017). She's made a great recovery and has won her last couple of races now."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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