Willie Mullins is confident Vautour’s jumping will not be an issue in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton. Press Association While Vautour is vying for favouritism, Valseur Lido is as big as 33-1, but Mullins sees him as a lively outsider. “It looks like three miles around there (Kempton) will really suit him. We had a chat the other day about the Lexus and it looks like they (Gigginstown) have enough for that, so all being well he’ll be heading to Kempton,” said Mullins. “I see he’d be one of the outsiders, but he’d be no 33-1 shot.” Valseur Lido, runner-up to another stablemate in Djakadam in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase, looks set to be the second-string of two King George runners for Gigginstown, along with Gordon Elliott’s Don Cossack. Mullins confirmed his intention to field two runners in the Lexus Chase for the leading owners in Don Poli and Sir Des Champs. The Cheltenham winner’s comeback victory at Ascot last month was workmanlike rather than spectacular, with his tendency to edge left at several fences considered by many as a major negative as he prepares to tackle another right-handed circuit in the Boxing Day showpiece. At a specially arranged media morning at his Closutton based in County Carlow, however, Mullins cut a content and confident figure. He said: ” I never worry about what’s in the race, I always worry about getting there and just hope for the best. “Him jumping left-handed is new, he did it at Ascot but I’ve never noticed it before, it hadn’t been something I’ve worried about. “I think in a different run race, where he doesn’t have to lead, it wouldn’t be an issue. “He hasn’t schooled since but he will do. He’s well able to jump. “I think he’s very well, he worked very well here (on Tuesday), I’ve had no worry. When I saw what he did I only hope he can repeat that at Kempton. “All ours were big having their first run, we’d left something to work on, and there’s lots of improvement to come from all of them. “I’m very happy with how the whole yard is at the moment.” The champion trainer is set to be double-handed in the Kempton feature, with the Gigginstown House Stud-owned Valseur Lido being readied to join his stable companion on the trip across the Irish Sea.
A surprising figure ran the line at a minor game in Glenswilly last week.Flag in hand, you had to look twice to see if it was actually Neil Gallagher.Others might have been taking calls from the media or wondering what they would wear when they left Croke Park. Such sideshows don’t float around Neil Gallagher’s world.Life is simple. You work and you play football.Yesterday he picked up the Man of the Match Award after a towering display in the middle of the park.He was almost embarrassed to get the award on RTE. The county council employee prefers to let his football do the talking.But credit where credit is due.Neil has been threatening to put in a huge display for Donegal over the last couple of seasons.They have always been solid but yesterday he literally rose head and shoulders above everyone else – including the three different midfield combinations Cork tried to use.Gallagher doesn’t do hair gel, the latest fashionable football boots or fancy footwork for that matter. He’s a workhorse with the heart of a stallion.But yesterday the most unlikely of heroes of the Donegal team showed some thoroughbred breeding.We salute you Neil for dragging us across the semi-final line to our All Ireland final destiny.NO HAIR GEL, FANCY BOOTS OR CLEVER ONE LINERS – JUST AN HONEST FOOTBALLER was last modified: August 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:glenswillyMan Of The MatchNeil Gallagher