Thursday 14 December 2017

Dr Wallace sold to JP McManus and set to be trained by Martin Brassil

Dr Wallace has been sold to JP McManus and will be trained by Martin Brassil Stock photo: AFP/Getty Images
Dr Wallace has been sold to JP McManus and will be trained by Martin Brassil Stock photo: AFP/Getty Images

Johnny Ward

MARTIN BRASSIL is to train Dr Wallace, which Mags Mullins rates extremely highly, and he will run in new owner JP McManus' colours.

The Flemensfirth gelding is a full brother to Backspin, which died at only six years of age after winning the Grade One Challow Hurdle for McManus and Jonjo O'Neill.

Dr Wallace was the subject of major market support on debut when winning a Navan bumper easily under Patrick Mullins in December. The rider would describe him as "a little bit different" on unsaddling.

Mags Mullins said afterwards that the horse had "only been on the grass once before" the run and was quite green. And the sale to McManus has been confirmed to the Irish Independent.

Frank Berry, his racing manager, said: "He's a fine, big horse we'll soon go hurdling with and he will join Martin Brassil."

Brassil won the Aintree National with Numbersixvalverde in 2006. Double Seven, which he trained for McManus, finished third in that race in 2014.

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