Mullins hopes Cabaret Queen will reign at Newbury
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