Mullins hopes Cabaret Queen will reign at New­bury

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WIL­LIE MULLINS hopes Cabaret Queen can fol­low the same path as To­tal Re­call, by fol­low­ing up her Mun­ster Na­tional suc­cess in the Lad­brokes Tro­phy at New­bury.

To­tal Re­call lifted both prizes in 2017, and Cabaret Queen put her­self on course to re­peat the feat when she pro­duced a dom­i­nant, front-run­ning per­for­mance for a 13-length romp at Lim­er­ick seven weeks ago.

It was only the se­cond start for the seven-year-old mare since she was bought out of Dan Skel­ton’s sta­ble for £13,000.

Mullins re­ports she has thrived since her ar­rival at his Clo­sut­ton yard in the spring.

“When mares start to come into form, maybe just a change of sta­ble can bring about an im­prove­ment for what­ever rea­son,” he said. “It fresh­ens them up.

“She’s a King’s Theatre mare, and we’ve been very lucky with those over the years.”

Mullins also left Yorkhill in among 26 horses stand­ing their ground at the five-day con­fir­ma­tion stage for Satur­day’s fa­mous hand­i­cap.

“He seems to go well left-handed,” he added, of the nine-year-old.

“He’s come down at least 10lb from his top rat­ing, but left-handed should be a big ad­van­tage to him.

“He’s al­ways very dif­fi­cult to ride at home – and what we have done this sea­son is change his work rid­ers around, and have re­placed his reg­u­lar work rider.

“Some­times when you do that the horse goes back­wards, but we will see on Satur­day whether it has made any im­prove­ment in him.”

Mullins plans to travel over to New­bury, with Paul Tow­nend likely to take the ride on Cabaret Queen.

Gor­don El­liott’s Gal­way Plate scorer Borice is the other Ir­ish­trained ac­cep­tor.

The spon­sors have the Nicky Hen­der­son-trained Ok Cor­ral as the 6-1 favourite, with Cabaret Queen next best on 7-1.

Trainer Wil­lie Mullins

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