Wicklow Brave is prepared to move after claiming his unbeaten record over fences with a success from the Cheestrings Novice Chase.
Willie Mullins’ 10-year-old is a Group One winner in a Grade One scorer over challenges in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle and the Flat in the St Leger.
With Rachael Blackmore on the Jan Maat of Henry de Bromhead always out-jumping the veteran for a long way the affair only included two.
Blackmore appeared the more assured of the two jockeys as Paul Townend began to row out coming the second-last, and also the favourite met erroneous.
He was in it wearing Jan Maat down to win with three-quarters of a length and eventually approaching the fence, however, assembly with it.
Mullins explained:”Paul said he landed in the middle of the very first fence and it mad him for a circuit.
“Then he got jumped well again, however the identical fence on the next circuit next time around he made a mistake whatsoever, but his piece of course in the end won it for him.
“That’s his last race side of the Atlantic for a while as we go to Far Hills for its Grand National Hurdle Stakes in October next. Otherwise I’d have gone around October 4, however it is too near the American race.
“That’s our strategy , the race is just two miles and five furlongs and then he’ll come back on home soil for your Drinmore (Chase, Grade 1 in November).”
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