Wiillie Mullins targets Ladbrokes Trophy glory with Cabaret Queen
Willie Mullins will head to Newbury with”a great bit of trust” which Cabaret Queen will offer him a second victory from the Ladbrokes Trophy.
It is 17 years since the Mullins-trained Be My Royal handed the article in front in the race known as the Hennessy Gold Cup – only to become disqualified after a substance was discovered at his sample.
Total Recall set the record straight when following up a runaway success in the Munster National at Limerick in 2017 together with victory in Berkshire – and Cabaret Queen bids to replicate precisely the dual on Saturday.
Mullins stated:”She’s a massive penalty for winning the Munster National. But she is still in with a light enough weight (10st 12lb) and gallops, jumps and stays, so we’re going there having a great little expectation.”
Cabaret Queen has created two competitive looks for the all-conquering winner coach of Ireland , having formerly been educated in Britain from Dan Skelton.
The seven-year-old completed second at Listowel – and also Mullins is keeping his fingers crossed she could continue to improve.
“She really appeared to enjoy Irish-style fences,” stated that the Closutton handler.
“She was spectacular jumping (in Limerick) and obtained a massive amount of ground from the air and appeared to do it so it was likely a mix of the excess excursion and our style of fences. It did surprise me – she was doing it in front.
“We must hope there’s much more improvement there. They do keep improving when fillies begin to enhance similar to that. I’m not concerned about the excursion, and she manages soft earth in your home.”
Mullins has another string.
The Cheltenham Festival winner looked a celebrity in the making two and a half years back, but the wheels have fallen off spectacularly during the last few seasons.
“I think he’s in better shape, which drop in the weights are going to be a help,” said Mullins.
“I only thought that when a horse comes down in the handicap, you just have to take your chance at a big prize.
“We’ll discuss and hope he’s on his best behavior. The excursion will match, and he is a good deal easier to ride at home now. Owing to that, we hope we’ve got him in a much better frame of mind which we’re able to ride him in a hurry – and we could make him struggle at the perfect moment.”
The Irish bidding for glory would be performed with Gordon Elliott’s Galway Plate hero Borice.
The eight-year-old disappointed in high-profile handicap in his first two starts for its Cullentra trainer chases last year – but observing two or three low-key wins over hurdleshe showed what he could do during the summertime at Ballybrit.
Elliott stated:”He did his final bit of work on Tuesday. He has won a Galway Plate, and I actually thought he had been still an English National horse this past year, but that I didn’t get the rub of the green.
“He has had a wind operation, and that appears to get turned him out. He quite well – and we’re excited about running him.
“The thing I don’t know about is your floor. This is going to be, although he did win on thick in France.
“I really don’t think I have needed a runner in the race earlier. If I have it obviously didn’t run very well – because I do not recall it”
Nicky Henderson saddles ante-post favourite OK Corral, On Your Blind Side, Beware The Bear and Brave Eagle at a bid to get a fourth success in the race. The Seven Barrows handler has previously struck gold with Trabolgan (2005), Bobs Worth (2012) and also Triolo D’Alene (2013).
He reports has gone to plan throughout with Corral – including the Newbury gallop, where he was ridden by former multiple champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy of a week.
Henderson stated:”Everything has been very good with OK Corral, and that looks fantastic.
“This is a race we’ve lined the horse up for. We’ve used it before, like Trabolgan and Bobs Worth, and we are on precisely exactly the street here.
“It was out for him here the other week. He was ridden by AP and enjoyed himself. I am not sure who had the tug later – !
“Trip-wise, this is better for him than the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham (last season) – but there have been other problems for this screen, together with flu vaccinations. He’s been really good, heading to the ”
Colin Tizzard, who has saddled two of those previous 3 winners in Native River (2016) and Sizing Tennessee (2018), is symbolized by top-weight Elegant Escape, Robinsfirth, Mister Malarkey and recent Cheltenham scorer West Approach.
De Rasher Counter is a major contender for Emma Lavelle, having blown away any cobwebs with a comeback streak over hurdles at Uttoxeter.
Lavelle said:”He’s come on stones for his conduct at Uttoxeter – he is in amazing purchase. I really don’t believe I might have him in any better shape going to the raceand he is not reliant that is earth.
“We now need to find out if he’s able to win off his current mark and when things go his way through the race. These are just two big’ifs’, however, we’ll only discover the responses on the day.”