Willie Mullins to give Bachasson time off after Tramore triumph

Mon 15 Jan 2018

Bachasson is enjoying a few weeks off after winning at Tramore on New Year's Day.

The Willie Mullins-trained grey has now won his last three chases, the last two at Listed level, but as the ground was very testing at Tramore connections are in no rush to get him out again.

Colm O'Connell, who owns the horse with his father, Edward, said on Monday: "He had a hard race in Tramore - the ground was bottomless.

"I'd say he might be off for a few weeks. Graded company will suit him now but he seems to be better with a good break between his races.

"We might look at something in the middle of February but if we're keen to take him to Cheltenham we'll probably avoid that and take him straight to Cheltenham.

"Cheltenham is an option, as is the two-and-a-half-mile race at Aintree (Melling Chase) - that might be the one.

"I'm just delighted he's back on the right track as I've been telling people for two years how good he is, yet he hasn't really shown it.

"He'll have multiple entries at Cheltenham. He's in the Ryanair and Gold Cup but whether he goes, I don't know."

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