Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Mullins unleashes latest stable star: Mares Novice Hurdle contender Shanning makes her debut at Sligo

Willie Mullins' exciting Mares Novices Hurdle prospect Shanning makes her hurdling debut at Sligo (5:20) this evening.

The four-year-old has already made a winning start to her career, taking a French maiden by one and a half lengths on her only visit to the racecourse.

Owned by the Supreme Racing Club, she joins a strong team of improving jumpers including Bunk Off Early, Listen Dear and Group One winning Airlie Beach.

"Shanning has her first run for us in the mares maiden hurdle over two miles," Mullins told his website.

"This is her hurdling debut, but she has schooled well at home."

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The Supreme Racing Club enjoyed Grade One success with Airlie Beach last season

"Her homework is good and this looks like an ideal starting point for her hurdling career.

"Hopefully she will have the measure of these rivals."

Shanning's long term target could be the Dawn Run Mares Novices' Hurdle at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, where she is currently priced at 20-1.

Her County Carlow trainer has won both renewals of the Grade Two event since it joined the Festival's racecard in 2016.

However this evening she is currently priced at 4/9 to take the Diageo Mares Maiden Hurdle at Sligo.

Her biggest threat according to the form book is Liam Lennon's Amarillo Rose, who finished third last time out.

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