To­tal Ir­ish

MULLINS STRIKES GOLD TO END 37-YEAR DROUGHT FOR HIS FEL­LOW COUN­TRY­MEN

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES - BY DAVID YATES

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

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