Min makes winning impression and looks a live prospect for Supreme Novice

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Willie Mullins has saddled the first winner at Cheltenham’s Festival meeting three years running and has an obvious favourite to extend his streak in three months’ time after the four-year-old Min made an impressive start to his career for the stable at Punchestown on Thursday afternoon.

Min failed to win in two outings in France last season, but had shown enough on the gallops since joining Mullins in the summer to move to the top of the betting for the Supreme Novice Hurdle on 14 March without jumping another hurdle in public.

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