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Horse Racing: Mullins pair eye Bob Olinger scalp

Willie Mullins is the only trainer who has managed to land a blow against the imperious Bob Olinger and he believes he has another horse to repeat the feat on Sunday in the Kildare Novice Chase.


Mullins fields two runners against the Henry de Bromhead-trained novice star in the Grade 3 contest at Punchestown, won last year by Envoi Allen in his final race for Gordon Elliott.

Capodanno leads the charge

The Mullins-pair are headed by Capodanno, who made a winning start to chasing at Naas in December and is now 5/1 under Mark Walsh to end Bob Olinger's winning streak, with the action available on the Sports Live Streaming section.

"I think Capodanno will love the trip and we know he loves the ground," Mullins said. "I really think he has the ability to give Bob Olinger a good run for his money, he jumps and gallops.

"He made up a lot of ground after an uncharacteristic mistake at the second-last to win at Naas on his chasing debut and, with a clear round of jumping here, he's going to be very competitive."

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The six-year-old will attempt to land Mullins his third win in the race as he takes on seven rivals, including stablemate Galliard Du Mesnil, who finished second behind Bob Olinger in the Ballymore at Cheltenham.

Blackmore takes over on Bob Olinger

Bob Olinger, who will be partnered for the first time by Rachael Blackmore over fences, has only suffered one defeat in six starts when second to the Mullins-trained Ferny Hollow over hurdles.

The classy seven-year-old has since gone on to a run of four wins on the bounce, and is 4/9 to continue that streak on Sunday.

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