KILLULTAGH VIC ON TARGET FOR GOLD CUP

Champion trainer Willie Mullins has reported to the media that Killultagh Vic has recovered “remarkably well” from his final-fence fall in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown last Sunday.

The talented but injury plagued nine-year-old was on the sidelines for the best part of two years after winning a novice chase at the Foxrock venue in dramatic circumstances in January 2016, after making shuttering blunder before Ruby Walsh performed something of a in the saddle to secure victory when looking very improbable.

He made a successful return from his long absence in a hurdle race at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve before being thrown in at the deep end last weekend and looked to spotted travelling like the winner from a long way out, until coming to grief at the last under Paul Townend.

Mullins stated: “Killultagh Vic is fine and came out of the race remarkably well. He isn’t back riding out yet but hopefully he will shortly.”

Killultagh Vic is a best priced 10-1 with Bruce Betting to provide his trainer with a first victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup at Prestbury Park next month.