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Colonel Mustard (right): put in a great effort when he was second behind Jonbon at Ascot last month

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By Mark Boylan

No horse has finished closer to Jonbon than mobile up Colonel Mustard in last month’s Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle at Ascot and Lorna Fowler’s stable star is now on track for a grade tilt. 1 at the Dublin Racing Festival next month.

Colonel Mustard’s second ardor behind Jonbon in the level 2 company, beaten by two and three-quarter lengths by the main candidate Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, fuels the dreams of the Fowler yard Cheltenham festival.

The improving seven-year-old has the advantage of being a second-season rookie and showed a high level of promise when he finished third in a year 1 behind Echoes In Rain and Blue Lord at the Punchestown last spring.

“We were so proud of him at Ascot,” Fowler said. “He ran a huge race and what I was most excited to see was how hard he tried which is a sign of the maturity we see in him. organized for any of them and especially not for our horse, but the winner did well in what was considered a hot race. “

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Lorna Fowler on Colonel Mustard:

Lorna Fowler on Colonel Mustard: “He’s definitely bigger and stronger, and mentally the penny has gone down”

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Fowler added: “He’s a very different horse from last season. Every year he changes, but he’s definitely bigger and stronger, and mentally the penny has gone down.”

Colonel Mustard has an overall chance of 33-1 for the Supreme, although he will also be awarded an entry for the Ballymore.

A decision on festival plans will likely be made after a crack at Level 1 Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle in Leopardstown.

Fowler explained, “I don’t want to set anything in stone as there are a few people involved in his ownership and this needs to be discussed closer to the time, but I think we want to go to the Supreme if we get the chance.

“If you meet Jonbon over there like we both were at Ascot, you’re probably not going to turn the tide, but who knows what will happen between now and March.

“What I would love to do is take him to Leopardstown for the Dublin Racing Festival if there are enough cuts in the ground, which I think there should be. is well acquitted there, Cheltenham appears on the radar. “

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Colonel Mustard (right, red cap): good performance at the Punchestown festival last year

Colonel Mustard (right, red cap): good performance at the Punchestown festival last year

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She added: “I think we’ll give it an entry for the Supreme and the Ballymore as well, which is a bit left to have never tried the trip before, but I think it will stay. call closer to time.

“We are so lucky to have a horse like him in a small yard. It is a huge deal for us and great for the whole team. You will be happy to put up with those kinds of headaches.”

Fowler made a good impact with his relatively small rope and got off to a good start in 2022 sending Naughtinesse to land a Fairyhouse bumper in impressive style.

The six-year-old winner is bred to be useful, being closely linked to two-time Cheltenham Festival winner Don Poli, as well as one of Fowler’s other stars, Politeness.

Fowler said: “This family is amazing. Harry and Alex Frost bought the Dalamine Dam a few years ago and they put that utter toughness into it. They try so hard with a never tell attitude.

“We will target the Dublin Racing Festival [in the Grade 2 mares’ bumper]. She came out of Fairyhouse well, it didn’t cost her much physically. “

On Politeness, Fowler added, “She’s on her way home. I think she’s what you would describe as a bit prone to accidents, finding issues where they probably shouldn’t be found. Targets.”

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