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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Mullins relieved by break in Fever

WILLE MULLINS yet again salvaged something for the Irish on day two as Champagne Fever ran to an all the way success in the concluding Champion Bumper.

The trainer was winning the race for a seventh time and it was the second time that his son Patrick had won it following on from Cousin Vinny in 2007.

Under what was clearly a very astutely timed ride by Patrick from the front, Champagne Fever always travelled well and most importantly of all he galloped all the way to the line for an impressive success.

It was a fitting tonic for Patrick, who was in the Suzannah Ricci colours that he also wore the previous day aboard Scotsirish who was fatally killed in the Cross Country Chase.

Mullins paid credit to that horse who he said had done a lot for him and reflected by saying: "I thought my two best rides were Allee Garde who fell and Scotsirish who pulled up.

"I said before this lad reminds me of Quel Esprit. He cruises along, he has such a long stride and he doesn't really have a turn of foot, but he kept going the whole way."

The winning jockey's father admitted: "We've all had an up and down 24 hours but you just hope something comes right like Quevega and this horse and I was delighted with Pique Sous also. He ran a cracker."

Mullins snr added: "To have a winner here is fantastic but when it is ridden by your son it's very special. We always thought he was a nice horse and I am delighted for the owners."

After not winning the Cross Country Chase for the first time ever, the fact that four out of the first five home in the bumper were Irish-trained brought back some normality.

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