Cilaos Emery isn’t sure to be a part of Willie Mullins’ formidable squad for the Cheltenham Festival despite producing a dominant show within the first race at Naas on Sunday.
Fourth within the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham final March, Cilaos Emery had run simply as soon as since – filling the runner-up spot behind stablemate Bachasson in November’s Clonmel Oil Chase.
With champion jockey Paul Townend within the saddle, the nine-year-old was the 1-2 favorite to make a profitable return within the Grade Three WhatOddsPaddy? Chase and will hardly have been extra spectacular.
Cilaos Emery set a sound tempo from flag-fall, with Daly Tiger the one one among his three rivals capable of maintain tabs on him.
There was little to decide on between the pair leaving the again straight, however the market chief readily asserted from the house flip and handed the submit with 11 lengths in hand.
“The break did him no harm and he’s come back good and strong,” stated Mullins.
“He jumped nice and I used to be actually happy with that.
“We’ll try to find another similar type of race for him.”
Cilaos Emery is entered in each the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham, however Mullins added: “I don’t know if he’ll travel.
“There could be good prizes on the house entrance. It’s good to get him again to successful methods.
“We did a lot of work on his jumping and I’m very pleased it has paid off.”