Mourad Lays Down World Hurdle Gauntlet


Tagged under: 3.20 Ladbrokes World Hurdle 3m (Grade1)

The Willie Mullins trained Mourad is a best price 10/1 to win this seasons Ladbrokes World Hurdle, after recording a smooth victory in the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park this afternoon.

The six-year-old had no trouble in landing the Grade 2 contest, with jockey Paul Townsend little more than a passenger as the Sinndar gelding cruised home six length ahead of the outclassed field.

Mullins was clearly delighted with the performance, saying: " He seems to be improving and looks to be getting stronger with age.

" He did that on ground that I don't think he particularly likes and he'll be better on better ground.

" Paul was very cool on him. It looks like we are on track for the World Hurdle."

The Big Bucks camp may not be quite shaking in their boots just yet, but Mourad could prove the main stumbling block to win number three in March.

Tomorrow's Cleeve Hurdle offers another chance to unearth any serious opposition to the outstanding stayer, with the improving and unexposed Grands Crus the most likely winner.

12/1 third favourite for the World Hurdle and 9/4 for tomorrow's contest, David Pipe's grey is unbeaten in both starts this term and if the six-year-old can cope with the step up in class could be the most interesting challenger to Big Bucks' crown in just under seven weeks time.

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