Could Max finally explode into limelight?
MAX DYNAMITE bids to claim an overdue big-race success in the Qatar Prix du Cadran at Longchamp today.
The eight-year-old has been a fine servant to Willie Mullins and his owner Rich Ricci, most notably finishing a close second in the 2015 Melbourne Cup before finishing third last November.
He has also finished second in the Northumberland Plate, the Galway Hurdle and, most recently, last month’s Doncaster Cup, but he has found victories hard to come by.
Since making a successful debut for Mullins in a Thurles maiden hurdle almost four years ago, Max Dynamite has won just twice, landing the 2015 Lonsdale Cup at York under Frankie Dettori and a minor conditions race at Killarney last year in the hands of the trainer's son, Patrick.
Mullins junior, assistant to his father, said: “He returned to form to finish second to Thomas Hobson in Doncaster the last day and we’ve been happy with him at home since.
“The trip should suit and it looks like the ground is going to be good. That’s quite important for him at this stage of his career.”
Max Dynamite faces seven rivals in the two-anda-half-mile Group One, with Andrew Balding's Montaly the sole Britishtrained challenger.