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Pre-Festival test for Mozoltov

Mozoltov could earn himself a trip to Cheltenham in the Woodlands Park 100 Club Nas Na Riogh Novice Chase at Naas.

The Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old showed a smart level of form over hurdles and made the perfect start to his chasing career when dotting up at Fairyhouse in the middle of December.

He was fancied to play a leading role in the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown last month and while he was ultimately well beaten into third by fellow Gigginstown House Stud-owned runner Trifolium and stablemate Felix Yonger, that looks strong form in the context of Sunday's Grade Two test.

Mozoltov holds entries in both the Arkle and JLT Novices' Chase at Cheltenham, but Mullins is keen to get this weekend's race out of the way before considering a trip to Prestbury Park in March.

Mullins said: "The conditions will suit him very well and I don't think two and a half miles will be a problem.

"We have been happy with him since Leopardstown and we are hoping if he can reproduce the form of his Arkle run, that should be good enough at this level.

"We'll see what happens this weekend before we think about that (Cheltenham)."

Mozoltov is rated 16lb higher than Folsom Blue, who also runs in the Gigginstown silks for trainer Conor O'Dwyer.

The field is completed by Ted Walsh's Summer Star, who was well held on her sole chase start at the track last month.