Saturday 16 December 2017

Destrier destination is Aintree as Mulholland plots more glory

Just a week on from his first Cheltenham Festival success, Neil Mulholland is plotting more big-race glory, this time with Carole's Destrier (pictured) who safely landed the odds at Wetherby.

The Druids Nephew provided Mulholland with a landmark success and is now one of the favourites for the Grand National next month.

While he will obviously be the focus of attention for the yard in the build-up to the meeting, Mulholland has had the Grade One Mildmay Novices' Chase at the back of his mind for a few weeks for Carole's Destrier.

The seven-year-old faced only two rivals in the Download Your Racing UK App Novices' Chase and was well clear on the ratings, so had everything to lose and very little to gain.

Partnered by Michael Byrne, the 8-13 favourite jumped with aplomb throughout and those who took the short odds never had a moment's worry as he coasted home without coming out of second gear.

"We considered running him at Cheltenham, but the handicap had always been the plan for The Druids Nephew and we had The Young Master for the RSA and I suppose because he disappointed it may have been better having two arrows," said Mulholland.

"That said, we felt that a few of those that ran at Cheltenham will have had hard races by the time Aintree comes, some of the Irish won't run as they'll go to Punchestown, some have picked up injuries so we'll go for the Grade One and see who else is there."

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