GBI RACING

Willie Mullins has Getabird in full flight for Punchestown test

Getabird Getabird could bid to extend Willie Mullins' excellent recent record in the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle on Saturday.
Mullins has claimed the Grade Two prize six times in the last nine years, with subsequent Cheltenham Festival heroes Mikael D'Haguenet (2009), Vautour (2014) and Douvan (2015) among those on the roll of honour.
Dual bumper winner Getabird missed the second half of last season through injury, but made an impressive start to his hurdling career at Punchestown last month and looks set to return to the County Kildare circuit this weekend.
Mullins has also entered Gowran winner Carter McKay, who did not take up an engagement in the Lawlor's Of Naas Novice Hurdle on Sunday, and Makitorix.
He said: " I think Getabird goes for that (Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle).
"Carter McKay just had a little setback, and that's why he didn't run on Sunday, but he'll probably go for that if he's all right."
The Mullins trioare among 11 entries for the two-mile contest, with Gordon Elliott responsible for Hardline, Royal Bond hero Mengli Khan, Roaring Bull and Stooshie.
Joseph O'Brien's Hardback, Henry de Bromhead's High School Days,Riders Onthe Stormfrom Tom Taaffe's yard and the Tom Mullins-trainedTop Othe Ra c omplete the potential field.
On the same card, Grade Three honours are up for grabs in the Total Event Rental (Kildare) Novice Chase.
Mullins has three contenders inArbre De Vie , Invitation Only and Koshari, while seven entries for Elliott include Dounikos, Tombstone and Grade One-winning mare Shattered Love.
Pat Fahy's impressive Fairyhouse scorer Castlegrace Paddy and Pat Kelly's Cheltenham Festival winner Mall Dini are also in the mix.

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