Willie Mullins anticipating Meri Devie improvement ahead of Triumph task

Tue 28 Feb 2017

Willie Mullins feels JCB Triumph Hurdle hope Meri Devie can improve significantly on her last run.

The filly, who was beaten less than five lengths in a Group One on the Flat, finished fourth in the Spring Juvenile behind Mega Fortune and stablemate Bapaume.

Ruby Walsh will once again have the difficult choice of choosing between the Mullins pair.

"Bapaume and Meri Devie are two nice ones to have. I don't think Dandy Mag will go," said Mullins.

"I was disappointed with Meri Devie last time, she's a lot better than that. I probably gave her too much time off after her last run and maybe she needs to be trained more like a gelding.

"I haven't given her a day off since, she's in good order and she's growing and putting on weight.

"I know Ruby had huge time for her before the last day and I sort of made him ride Bapaume and he wanted to ride her. She's not out of it by any means.

"I think Bapaume can improve. He'll need to find more to win."

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