Emmet Mullins is targeting a trip to America with Fujimoto Flyer following her impressive debut victory over hurdles at Killarney last week.
Winless in six starts on the Flat, the daughter of Japanese stallion Admire Moon appeared much improved by the switch to the jumping game – coming home with 18 lengths in hand under the trainer’s cousin, Danny Mullins.
Emmet Mullins enjoyed a successful trip to America last October when saddling Tornado Watch to finish second behind Gordon Elliott’s Jury Duty in the American Grand National at Far Hills – and has pencilled in a juvenile hurdle at the same meeting for Fujimoto Flyer.
Mullins, who trains on the same gallops as his uncle and 13-time champion trainer Willie Mullins, said: “It was a great performance by the filly in Killarney, and she jumped really well – she’s been a natural since day one, to be honest.
“She’s a filly we’ve always thought a lot of, but it didn’t really happen for her on the Flat for whatever reason. We even took her to Newmarket for a Listed race as a two-year-old.
“It all seems to be coming together now, thankfully, and hopefully she’s an exciting horse for the future.
“America would be on the agenda at this stage. Hopefully she’ll have another run before then, so that will tell us where we’re going.”
Mullins was widely expected to saddle a second winner at Killarney’s August Festival two days later, with dual bumper winner Rocket Lad a red-hot favourite to make a successful start to his hurdling career.
However, odds-on backers had their fingers burnt as the six-year-old crashed out at the final flight.
“He suffered a bad cut on his leg and will just have to have box rest for a week or so until it’s sealed over,” the trainer added.
“Hopefully it shouldn’t hold him up for too long. He was running a big race the other day, giving a lot of weight to the winner (Born By The Sea), who has some fair form in the book.
“We’ll never know what would have happened, but I didn’t think he was definitely beaten. He’s a tough horse, and I thought it was all to play for when he came down.
“Hopefully it won’t knock his confidence too much, but we won’t know for sure until he goes racing again.
“All being well, he should be competitive in those maiden hurdles anyway.”