Destination could be the next big thing for Willie Mullins

Sunday, Nov 12 2017

High-class bumper performer Next Destination was a deeply impressive winner of the Hospitality At Naas Maiden Hurdle.

The Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old was fourth behind the ill-fated Fayonagh in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in March and was a 4-1 shot for his hurdling debut under Paul Townend.

Carrying the colours of Malcolm Denmark, Next Destination travelled strongly and showed a fine turn of foot after the final flight to put his rivals to bed by upwards of 13 lengths.

Someday was second ahead of 7-4 favourite Paloma Blue in third.

The giant Pallasator, who won a charity race on his recent debut for Gordon Elliott, was ultimately well beaten in fifth place on his jumping introduction.

Townend said: "He was very good. I was very taken by that (performance), in that ground on his first run of the season.

"He jumped great and I couldn't believe how well he picked up from the back of the last in that ground.

"There were a lot of reputations going into it and he hasn't done himself any harm.

"I'd imagine he could go further, but the pace he showed there, I'd say there's a lot of options for him."

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