Annual Horseracing Ireland Awards have been going on since lunchtime.
No surprise Willie Mullins has won the NH award!! Seems he’s fair gushing on stage:- “Hurricane Fly is a small racehorse with a huge attitude. He is still ridden out & you count your fingers passing his box!”
“Faugheen suffered a little mouth cut last time but rumours of back problem are untrue. He’s 100%. Keep the faith.” “Don Poli & Sir Des Champs likely to go for Lexus but it’s not a lucky race for us. Vautour goes for King George. Annie Power being examined this week, Cheltenham target but much happier with her last 10 days”.
Un De Sceaux goes @LeopardstownRC Xmas. Willie Mullins says Un De Sceaux is back to himself and ran away with his work rider this morning. Goes straight to Paddy Power Dial-Bet.”
“Douvan runs @LeopardstownRC this Christmas.”
“Admiral Chief is a super bumper horse I hope to have ready for Christmas.” (Gigginstown paid 160K euros for him as a 3yo!! Champion Bumper 16/1, same price as Fulham Road.)”
“Killultagh Vic hasn’t come out yet and I expect a lot more from him over fences”
At last Saint Willie admits “Mullins will fire all the bullets he can at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, says he doesnt know just how good Don Poli could be because he’s so lazy.”
Only in Ireland “Enda Bolger says On The Fringe will try to repeat last season’s feat of winning at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown. Bolger added that Nina Carberry had ‘some balls to wait as long as she did’ when winning at Aintree.”
Now it’s Rich Ricci: “Faugheen will hopefully do the business at Kempton on Dec 26th. I doubt if he will ever go over fences as he had problems b4.” He “loves Vautour and said he was very big and badly needed the run at Ascot.” All roads lead to the King George.
Eddie O’Leary is not ruling out re-routing Don Cossack to the Lexus – ‘every option is open’ he says.
O’Leary went on to say that the Noel Meade-trained Disko is one of the young horses he is most excited about.
I expect Richard Forristal (The Irish Independent) will cover this whole event with a fuller article. He’s well worth following on Twitter. He has the right contacts and is right on the ball.
This was in the timeform weekly review and highlights a mouthwatering clash. Aintree in April? “The Huntingdon Listed bumper, also for mares, was taken by La Bague Au Roi. She’s now rated 115p, prominent even in a particularly strong collection of female bumper performers which includes Copper Kay (112+) and Augusta Kate (115p).”