Cabaret Queen team heading to Newbury
It might be a task to discover a fantastic viewing point to see that the Ladbrokes Trophy – once contender Cabaret Queen’s proprietors have taken their ranks .
With just about all those Syndicates.Racing band’s 69 members – who own the Willie Mullins-trained seven-year-old – place to embark on the Berkshire track on Saturday, it is going to be standing room just as they attempt to catch a glimpse of their pride and pleasure in action.
One member will be Mairead Ni Cheoinin, who’s dealing with big-race nerves already before Cabaret Queen attempts to join a roll of honour featuring such greats like Denman and Arkle.
She said:”We believed she would give us some fine days out, in which you meet a great group of people in the races, and that I didn’t believe any more of that.
“There will be more than 60 members of the syndicate there. Many are currently flying at the morning – and I believe there of an Aer Lingus plane landing around 8am at Heathrow!
“The team is made up of individuals from every walk of lifefrom postmen to agricultural employees, from all over the globe. There will be grannies, cousins and second cousins once removed cheering her as well. It’ll be like getting our very own mini-Cheltenham there.”
Picked up for 13,000 out of this Dan Skelton lawn at the Goffs horses in training sale in May, Cabaret Queen has given the band a day to remember – operating out a fashionable winner of the month’s Munster National at Limerick on her second beginning for Mullins.
Cheoinin explained:”She was great in Limerick. Did she return. After she got to her stride that is lengthy with her back and ears up and removed the fifth-last, that was brilliant.
“I had been jealous of everyone in the syndicate which was there, because it was a gorgeous afternoon – we frightened some of the punters in the bar we saw it in with the roars we were crying out at one point!
“I’m of a certain age where I have needed to put up with individuals showing me pictures of grandchildren and children, but I have gone around showing the video of the final portion of their Munster National and movies of Cabaret Queen – so I’ve got my revenge in this way.”
Although used to coping with horsepower of a kind inside her international maritime advertising function, Cheoinin is only too pleased she took the advice of a friend and replied to the call of rushing director Jack Cantillon.
She said:”I am not out of a racing history whatsoever – I would learn more about ships than creatures. The thing that I got to this horse was my neighbor’s Connemara ponies.
“When I demonstrated a friend who buys and sells horses what Jack had been doinghe stated he was a fantastic guy and it was the kind of thing I’d like and receive access to, something I have not performed before.
“This was a good chance to gain a little step right into a horse racing and then dip toe into the water so far it’s worked out well.”
Getting caught a glimpse of a number of Cabaret Queen’s rivals – including ante-post favorite Corral in Nicky Henderson’s lawn – during a gallops morning at Newbury, Cheoinin is keeping her fingers crossed Syndicate’s buy purchase can deliver.
Cheoinin said:”We just want her to have a race which she loves and be fit in the beginning and the ending – and that Mr Mullins is pleased with her performance.
“This is a very major challenge, but if she approaches it did the Munster National she will compose herself nicely.”
Racing is about daring to dream big, and Cheoinin hopes a good performance from Cabaret Queen at Newbury may be the next step towards a potential trip at the holy grail later in summer of National Hunt racing – the Cheltenham Festival.
She added:”It would be the best point to run her in the Cheltenham Festival. It would be fantastic to run her, although I am not saying it has to be the Gold Cup.
“The Gold Cup is a frightening prospect, but when she can get it done and Mr Mullins is pleased with her then why not?”