Racing: Florida warms up to turn heat on rivals
Thursday 10 December 1998
"He is more forward now than he was at this time last year," Mullins said. "He recently had a schooling hurdle at Punchestown and he looked really good. I know he is going to have no cake-walk in the Ericsson for I understand Suny Bay will be running.
"But we have to expect to take on top-class horses if we want to beat them and eventually win the Gold Cup.
"Florida Bay can't afford to need the Leopardstown race for we want to win. Apart from Suny Bay there are a number of other good horses likely to run so it will be a real test and I am looking forward to it."
Another likely challenger to last season's Royal & Sunalliance Novices' Chase winner could be Dorans Pride, who was disappointing when second to Imperial Call in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown last Sunday.
Plans for Imperial Call are also fluid. "I still have the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day in mind for him as he is the only Irish entry," his trainer, Raymond Hurley, said. "At the same time I would like to run at Leopardstown and I won't make a decision until Friday at the earliest."
Latest in Sport
Manchester United vs Sunderland match report: Wayne Rooney scores twice but referee Roger East sends off Wes Brown instead of John O'Shea
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Eden Hazard exclusive interview - All is rosy in the garden of Eden
Chelsea vs Tottenham combined XI: Hugo Lloris or Thibaut Courtois? Willian or Christian Eriksen? Who makes the final cut?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Theo Walcott 'involved in spat' with fans after Champions League defeat
Carl Frampton vs Chris Avalos; Tyson Fury vs Christian Hammer; Dmitry Chudinov vs Chris Eubank Jr - boxing on TV this weekend
- 1 Forget 'The Dress': Here are five of the biggest news stories you might have missed
- 2 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 5 Saudi Muslim cleric claims the Earth is 'stationary' and the sun rotates around it
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
£9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This role is based within a small family run ...
£28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Design and marketing agenc...
£46000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This property investment firm are lookin...
£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company specialises provid...