Mullins has high hopes for Mozoltov

04 February 2013 04:18:39 EST

Willie Mullins has added another jewel to the Cheltenham Festival bound team from his brilliant yard - Mozoltov.

It's one of the biggest open secrets in racing that Gordon Elliott considers Don Cossack one of the finest - of not the best horse - he's ever trained.

I'd imagine we're looking at the Supreme Novices' Hurdle with him.

Willie Mullins

But the Mullins seven-year-old - despite being strongly pressed from the horse - eventually beating him a length at Punchestown yesterday in a real duel up the straight to take the Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle.

And afterwards Mullins made it clear the horse was on his way to the West Country in March for a shot at the Supreme Novices Hurdle.

He said: "Mozoltov has been doing good work at home and I've been waiting for a nice race to get him out instead of taking on one of our own.

"I didn't think he'd be taking on as good a bunch as these and he has to go into the top drawer.

"I'd imagine we're looking at the Supreme Novices' Hurdle with him and he can only be better on better ground - Ruby (Walsh) said he wasn't at home on that ground today."

Mozoltov is 999/1 to win the Supreme Novices Hurdle, with Jezki 5/1 and Puffin Billy 12/1.

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