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Pravalaguna camp considering Arkle mission
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Sent off the 8/13 favourite, Pravalaguna overcame a scare at the fifth fence from home in the two-mile (listed) BA Ireland Limited Opera Hat Mares Chase, as she followed up her first victory over fences at Limerick in December.
Jockey Paul Townend appeared to lose an iron briefly, but regained full control before taking the next obstacle, which his partner jumped fluently.
Pravalaguna doesn't see another rival and impresses again over fences in the big race at @NaasRacecourse, the Listed @BBAIreland Opera Hat Mares Chase for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend pic.twitter.com/DoyERCvvZu
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) February 9, 2019
Next month's Cheltenham Festival could now be on the agenda.
"It was a nice performance. The mistake seemed to wake her up and she galloped on away at the end, so she can go two or two-and-a-half (miles). I'd have no trouble going an extra half mile with her again," said Mullins.
"The Arkle is a possibility. I know the connections would like to have a runner at Cheltenham, no more than myself. She's also in the JLT, so both are a possibility.
"We didn't think she would survive her fall in Auteuil (in June 2017). She's made a great recovery and has won her last couple of races now."
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