MULLINS STRIKES GOLD TO END 37-YEAR DROUGHT FOR HIS FELLOW COUNTRYMEN
TOTAL RECALL fought tooth and nail to a lastgasp Ladbrokes Trophy triumph at Newbury.
This stunning victory brought to an end a 37year Irish drought in the race known as the Hennessy Gold Cup.
The 9-2 favourite looked held in second as Nicky Henderson’s Whisper and Davy Russell jumped the final fence with a onelength lead.
But the Willie Mullinstrained eight-year-old mined reserves when go to Sandra Hughes, who used her father’s methods and progressed very slowly with him,” acknowledged Ireland’s champion trainer.
“Sandra retired and we’ve just got the benefit of it.”
Mullins’ Be My Royal had won the race – run yesterday under its new banner for the first time – 15 years ago, but was disqualified after a contaminated food supply led to traces of morphine showing up in his postrace sample.
“Hopefully we won’t have any problems this time!” smiled the County Carlow handler, responsible for the first Irish success since Bright Highway in 1980.
Total Recall is now 20-1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup next March, and Mullins confirmed: “He’ll definitely get an entry after that run.” Henderson’s Champion Hurdler Buveur D’Air duly outclassed his opposition on his return to action at Newcastle – and will now head to the