Mullins and Elliott dominate Ryanair field

Friday, Apr 19 2019

Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott are both double-handed after just five runners were declared for the Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse.

Mullins had no fewer than eight contenders at the confirmation stage, including Arkle hero Duc Des Genievres and the high-class Getabird.

However, the champion trainer has whittled his team down to two – with Ruby Walsh partnering Voix Du Reve and Paul Townend on board Real Steel.

Voix Du Reve has failed to complete in his last two starts, most recently unseating Walsh in the JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham – a race in which Real Steel finished sixth.

The highest-rated runner is Elliott’s Mengli Khan, who was third in the JLT and occupied the same finishing position in the Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree little over a fortnight ago.

Mengli Khan is joined by stablemate Cubomania, with Aidan Howard’s stable star Winter Escape completing the field.

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