Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

SOUPS OF THE DAY; Mullholland's Flyer Looks Tasty at Wincanton Raffles Poised to Enter Elite at Wincanton

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

SOUPS OF THE DAY; Mullholland's Flyer Looks Tasty at Wincanton Raffles Poised to Enter Elite at Wincanton

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Byline: garry owen

SOUPY SOUPS (3.35) can turn up the heat in the Badger Beers Silver Trophy Chase at Wincanton.

Neil Mulholland's gelding is profile building up a respectable and put in another personal best the useful when slamming TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE yardstick Graineyhill at Perth in September.

The eight-year-old was staying on strongly over three miles that day so it was no surprise that he found 2m 4f too sharp when runner-up to Mellow Ben at Fontwell last time.

That was still was a cracking performance and this tough type can bag the biggest prize of his career on his first try at 3m 2f.

DEPUTY'S OSCAR (1.50) can just shade the Richard Barber Memorial Mares' Handicap Hurdle for Stuart Edmunds.

Impressive over two miles at Market Rasen in September, the six-year-old relished tackling 2m 4f when routing Misty Whisky back at the Lincolnshire gaff.

I doubt we've seen the best of this exciting mare who can get the better of some talented rivals on her handicap bow.

IF YOU SAY RUN (2.25) can maintain Paul Nicholls' ongoing domination of the Rising Stars Novices' Chase.

The mare was a dual-course winner over timber and looked even better when bolting up on her fencing bow at Worcester despite hanging to her right at the business end.

That is unlikely to be the limit of her true ability over fences and she can follow up that success back at her favourite venue.

Nicky Henderson's FUSIL RAFFLES (3.00) can boost his Champion claims in the Unibet Elite Hurdle.

The ex-French gelding exploded onto the British scene when hacking up in the Adonis at Kempton in February then easily landed a Punchestown Grade 1 on his only other outing. The four-year-old is a potential superstar and he can land this Grade 2 en route to bigger and better things this season.

Henderson said: "He has come to hand quicker than I thought he would three weeks ago. …

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