TOTAL RECALL STARS AT NEWBURY
04 December 2017
It was a long time between drinks for an Irish-trained
winner in the race formerly known as the Hennessy. And how sweet it must have
been for Willie Mullins who had to wait for 15 years to right the
disqualification of his only previous ‘victor’ in Newbury’s flagship handicap
chase, now known as the Ladbrokes Trophy.
Having been more than two lengths down over the last fence,TOTAL RECALL (IRE) caught Whisper inside the final strides of the race to score
by a neck under Paul Townend after a stirring duel between the pair.
Mullins was gracious in victory, deflecting a lot of the
praise to the former trainer of TOTAL RECALL (IRE), Sandra Hughes. The
eight-year-old had been purchased at Tattersalls Ireland’s November Sale in
2009 for €7,000 and was bred by John Connolly.
Also a point-to-point graduate, the winner’s sire,
Westerner, stands at Castle Hyde Stud under the Coolmore NH banner, and it
might be timely to point out that his full-sister, Rock On Lily (IRE), is
entered for a handicap hurdle at Clonmel on Thursday.
Earlier on the same programme on Saturday, ELEGANT ESCAPE
(IRE) made virtually all the running in the Grade 2 John Francome Novices’ Chase
in the manner of a progressive performer.
Aged just five, he had graduated on three occasions for a
combined €187,000 from Goffs sales rings. He sold for just €5,000 as a foal and
then for €150,000 at the Horses in Training Sale at Punchestown last year.
Bred by Jay Leahy, ELEGANT ESCAPE (IRE), he is a
half-brother to three other winners and he began his career in the
point-to-point realm. He had the misfortune to bump into the much-touted Samcro
(IRE) on that sole start at Monksgrange and to his credit was only beaten one
length by that potential superstar.