Mul­hol­land is a Star for first win

Sunday Sun - - Racing -

IMPULSIVE Star shed his maiden tag over fences with a de­ter­mined vic­tory in the Mccoy Con­trac­tors Civil En­gi­neer­ing Clas­sic Chase at War­wick.

Neil Mul­hol­land’s charge was win­less af­ter five pre­vi­ous out­ings over the larger ob­sta­cles, but had run some fine races in de­feat, most no­tably fin­ish­ing fourth in the Na­tional Hunt Chase at Chel­tenham in March.

The eight-year-old was last seen chas­ing home Ok Cor­ral - a win­ner ear­lier on the card - at Plump­ton last month and was an 8-1 shot mak­ing his hand­i­cap de­but un­der a light weight in this pres­ti­gious con­test.

Last year’s win­ner Mi­lans­bar gave a bold sight in front for much of the three­mile-five-fur­long jour­ney, but was a spent force rac­ing down the back straight for the sec­ond time and Impulsive Star took the lead un­der Chel­tenham Gold Cup-win­ning jockey Sam Wa­ley-co­hen, car­ry­ing the colours of his fa­ther, Robert.

Calett Mad and Cross­park both threw down strong chal­lenges in the home straight, but Mul­hol­land’s charge dug deep and saw off the for­mer by three and a quar­ter lengths.

Mul­hol­land, who also sad­dled the fourth home Ca­role’s Destrier, said: “I’m de­lighted with him (Impulsive Star).

“He had a nice lit­tle pipe-opener round Plump­ton the other day and ob­vi­ously the win­ner of that race won ear­lier on.

“We knew he’d im­prove for the run, he had a light weight on his back to­day and we felt he was on a nice mark. It all came to­gether on the day.

Impulsive Star is in line for an­other tilt at the Na­tional Hunt Chase, for which he was cut to around 14-1. The afore­men­tioned Ok Cor­ral is the 3-1 favourite.

Mul­hol­land added: “He ran well in the Na­tional Hunt Chase last year and ob­vi­ously he’s still a novice, so that’s the plan again.

“The other horse (Ca­role’s Destrier) ran a cracker as well. All the horses seem to be in good form, so we’re very happy.”

“He’ll have an en­try in the Grand Na­tional, but the Na­tional Hunt Chase is his main tar­get. I don’t know if we’ll run him again be­fore Chel­tenham or not. I’ll mull it over and talk with the own­ers, but he could do. He’s quite a laid-back sort of horse who needs plenty of work, so he’ll have to do some­thing three weeks be­fore the Fes­ti­val.”

■ Sam Wa­ley-co­hen rid­ing Impulsive Star, right, clear the last to win The Mccoy Con­trac­tors Civil En­gi­neer­ing Clas­sic Hand­i­cap Chase

■ Impulsive Star (right) trails Cal­let Mad

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