1.05 Leopardstown: Gaillard Du Mesnil – WON 13/8 (Adv 2/1)

Still pretty much unexposed having come over from France and only raced twice for the Willie Mullins camp. Runner up on his debut at Punchestown, he travelled like the best horse that day, but like a number of the yards runners at the start of the season, was badly in need of the run. He made no mistake last time, when winning really impressively over the Festive period, winning by a very easy 9 lengths and looking potentially top class, in a race where the 2nd and 3rd both won next time. The time of that race has been given rave reviews and with the suggestion after that race by Mr Mullins, that he’d keep this chap and Appreciate It apart, they are both clearly considered major Festival contenders. He’s been very strong in the market over the last few days, and hopefully a nice win here can put him spot on for Cheltenham.

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