Mullins seeking Boyne hat-trick

Zaidpour is aiming to give Willie Mullins a third consecutive Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle victory at Navan on Sunday.

Willie Mullins is counting on the right Zaidpour to turn up at Navan as Ireland's champion trainer chases a third consecutive Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle victory.

At Leopardstown over Christmas, Zaidpour picked up the second Grade One of his career but was disappointing on his most recent outing on this very course in last month's Galmoy Hurdle.

"He has the ability to win this race but some days he just doesn't want to show it," said Mullins, who has taken the two-mile-five-furlong Grade Two recently with On His Own and Mourad.

"I've no idea what happened last time, he just wasn't in the mood.

"If he returns to his previous form then you'd think he might be the one to beat."

Among those he has to beat, though, are Dunguib, who made a pleasing reappearance from an absence of nearly three years at Naas.

Dessie Hughes expects to resurrect Minsk's career over fences next term after four unsuccessful attempts.

"We'll leave the chasing to next season with him," said Hughes.

"He could have been better over them and he'll stay over hurdles now until after Punchestown.

"Hopefully he should be a nice staying novice chaser next season. He's still young enough.

"It looks a very tough race on heavy ground on Sunday."