Thursday 21 February 2019

Mullins is far from a beaten docket in trainers' title finale

Trainer Willie Mullins
Trainer Willie Mullins

This trainers championship might certainly come down to a fine margin at Punchestown next week and Willie Mullins once again proved yesterday why he just can't be ruled out from pipping Gordon Elliott again.

Elliott is a warm favourite to win his first championship, but at the last significant meeting prior to the season ending festival at Punchestown, Mullins closed the gap with a double on the card, including the feature RYBO Handicap Hurdle.

Mullins took the lion's share of the big prizes on the card with victories from Low Sun in the €100,000 RYBO Grade A Handicap Hurdle and before that 25/1 shot won Mullins also sent out Saglawy to win the Grade Two BoyleSports Juvenile Hurdle.

Having gone into the afternoon over €560,000 behind Elliott, Mullins has brought that figure to below €500,000 and with both men set to be lightly represented at Fairyhouse and Limerick tomorrow and Friday, it certainly will be a fascinating conclusion to the season with over €3,000,000 on offer next week.

Yesterday certainly proved to be a red-letter day for Katie O'Farrell, who landed the biggest victory of her career when she guided Low Sun to success for Mullins and later went on to record her first ever double when winning the Ratoath Pharmacy Ladies National aboard Flemenstorm for local trainer Eddie Cawley.

Denis Hogan's admirable performer Youcantcallherthat brought up her hat-trick in the Grade Three Fowler Memorial Mares Chase.

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