Kempton Monday review: Willie Mullins on goal

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A review of the action from Monday’s meeting in Kempton, where Willie Mullins struck up with my sister Sarah.

Mullins praises Casey

While that was his name on the race card, Willie Mullins was quick to give all the credit to former Grade One-winning jockey David Casey, after My sister Sarah (10/11 favorite) made the best of a good portion of the standings to ensure easy success in Listed Racing TV Mares’ Hurdle at Kempton Park this afternoon.

This was the seven-year-old’s first visit to these shores outside the Cheltenham Festival, and she traveled heavily into the procedures under Nico de Boinville, taking the lead at two out before rolling away to a seven-length success in the extended three -mile competition.

And when we spoke away from the course, Mullins was thrilled to see everything go according to plan for Martaline’s daughter, who appears to have the Grade One Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle on her radar this spring.

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He said: “I’m happy. It was a good opportunity that was discovered by my team at home – I want to give credit to David Casey – and I’m very happy that Nico de Boinville also got on with her, so I’m very happy with how everything went.

“We’ll try to keep her for the jumpers race over that kind of trip, and maybe we’ll look at Leopardstown next Christmas while also keeping an eye on the English program. I could imagine Mares’ Hurdle will be her main target this spring on this stage. “

The winning jockey Nico de Boinville added: “She has jumped and traveled really well, the ground was probably a bit on the dead side, but she has done well in the end. She has just gained her confidence through the race, I talked to Willie and Ruby “Walsh) this morning and they said they should ride her to find her. It’s a nice prize so it was worth coming here for and it’s a bit black for her too.”

Rockstar wins again

It turned out to be an interesting bid of six races, and other notable winners included the Dan Skelton-trained Rock star Ronnie (13/8), who took his number over the fence to two wins from three outings when he won Racing TV Novices’ Chase (2m 2f) under random circumstances.

With four fences left in the back just because of the sun, Sebastopol seemed to have run at his mercy as he fell at the last fence, allowing Rockstar Ronnie to pick up the pieces. Fortunately, both seven-year-old and jockey Aidan Coleman were unharmed, and winning jockey Bridget Andrews admitted it was a welcome piece of luck for Stowaway’s son.

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She said: “It’s not ideal circumstances to win in and no one likes to see it but we have come out of the other side of it today and were lucky. It was a shame that some fences were left out, we looked on the shade and it was really too far out, especially down to a ditch.

“Once one person mentions it, it’s hard to say let’s skip them. However, he jumped fantastically and he probably hasn’t had enough rest between his races, so fair play for him. We know we have to give him a little more time between his runs, but he’s a brilliant jumper and he should be proud. He might have a little break now that the rain is coming and he’s coming back in the spring. “

Call Of The Wild justifies a low price

The opening race on the map was EBF Stallion’s “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle over two miles, which saw Call Of The Wild (1/3 favorite) comes out of the mark over obstacles on the second attempt for the Alan King team.

The four-year-old was forced to work hard by second-placed Petrossian, who had a narrow lead on the final flight, but he rallied wildly under Tom Cannon to ensure a two- and a-quarter-length success.

And Cannon was pleased with the performance. He said: “Before the race, I was hoping Petrossian would continue, but I talked to Harry (Cobden), and that was not the case, and neither was Scu on Hartnoll Hero.

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“However, we had a bit of experience and he was actually fine with driving in front, so he got the job done at the end of the day, which is the most important thing, and hopefully he can continue with that. He did well in getting up again, and I was amazed at how well he responded – and he did it nicely in the end.

“He jumped the last two as well as everyone else on the track and I think it really helped him, he likes to get on with things and of course he is a nice horse. He’s a little babyish, but he’s fine. ”

The present pleases Pauling

Elsewhere on the map, Ben Pauling was pleased with what he saw from the improvement Not at this time (9/2), who took the Wise Betting @ racingtv.com Handicap Hurdle over an extended three miles.

The six-year-old has now won three of his last four excursions, and Pauling feels more should come when he goes hunting. He said: “He’s an extraordinary horse. He was as backward and crooked as young, but he’s really starting to click into place now and improving all the time.

“He’s not a picky horse and he’s happy for me there because he’s gone through the race without a moment’s concern, which to him is extraordinary – usually he makes you think he’s going to be beaten at least five times!

“I keep threatening to go hunting with him as he is a big raw chaser and he does not really respect the obstacles, he gets better at getting from A to B but he will definitely improve for a fence. However, he has been busy enough now, so at some point he will have to take a break and come back in the spring. “

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Coach Fergal O’Brien and conditional jockey Liam Harrison teamed up for a 10.25 / 1 double, courtesy of Gortroe Joe (11/4) in racingtv.com Handicap Chase (2m 4.5f) and Timberman (2/1) in the concluding Join Racing TV Now Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.

Speaking after his recent success, Harrison said: “Fergal has a four-hour today (he also saddled two winners at Ludlow, giving a 37.8 / 1 cross-card four-hour), and it tells you everything you need to know – he’s a great coach and I’m lucky to drive for him.


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