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Sunday 22 October 2017

'Total' faith in Mullins to deliver in National

Mullins’s sensational record with recruits from other barns, and that he relies solely on Total Recall in the €100,000 contest, seems rather telling. Photo: Patrick McCann
Mullins’s sensational record with recruits from other barns, and that he relies solely on Total Recall in the €100,000 contest, seems rather telling. Photo: Patrick McCann

Johnny Ward

Total Recall can further advertise the genius of Willie Mullins by taking tomorrow's Ladbrokes JT McNamara Munster National.

The son of Westerner has to prove he stays and may be slightly better going left-handed but Mullins has had time to work with a horse which won three times for Sandra Hughes, now retired.

Mullins's sensational record with recruits from other barns, and that he relies solely on Total Recall in the €100,000 contest, seems rather telling.

Alpha Des Obeaux is one to fear. Second to Thistlecrack in the Stayers Hurdle last year, his chase career has been pretty hit and miss, but Mouse Morris reports him to be well and Davy Russell takes the steer.

The Listed Dunraven Arms Hotel Novice Hurdle is a smart contest and it may not have been straightforward for Ruby Walsh to pick Fabulous Saga over Robin Des Foret but the former is clearly quite a smart prospect.

West Coast Time steps up in class after winning at Gowran but he must jump cleaner.

Some classy animals contest the PriceWaterhouseCooper Rated Steeplechase. Henry De Bromhead's Some Plan is best-recalled for winning a novice chase at Leopardstown last year in which nothing else completed, and he could be hard to manage now.

It is interesting that John Kiely drops Just Janice back in yardage in the IWP Home Improvement Centre Mares Handicap Hurdle. She travels quite nicely in her races and may be the answer now.

Russell and Gordon Elliott are regular partners nowadays and can take the finale with the useful Jury Duty, while Alan Fleming's Hurricane Darwin should be well-treated in the David Fitzgerald Memorial Handicap Hurdle.

There is one obvious similarity in the features at Limerick and Navan: Willie Mullins has a well-fancied runner stepping up in distance on a first start for the stable.

On pedigree, Gustavus Vassa simply cannot get two miles around Navan, but Mullins must be seeing something else.

He could be a smart type for the yard, and it is surprising that he is not in the Triumph Hurdle betting, but preference here is for Abyssinian, an unexposed Ballydoyle runner which looks set to improve for two miles in this Irish Cesarewitch, without a sponsor.

Two Listed races take place, starting with the Legacy Stakes, with Brick By Brick a hopeful choice for Jessica Harrington despite the issue of top weight. He has an edge over Gobi Desert on Fairyhouse running.

Nor is the Staffordstown Stud Stakes especially easy to solve, with Aidan O'Brien treble-handed, all by Galileo, and Sizzling is a tentative choice under Wayne Lordan.

Adrian Keatley felt Lucky Mistake was "a certainty" in Galway, only for him to unseat, so he must be noted tomorrow.

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