Could Max fi­nally ex­plode into lime­light?

The Racing Paper - - News -

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.

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