Sunday 20 October 2019

O'Sullivan stays upbeat about her upward Curve

Tom Peacock

Margaret O'Sullivan is looking for her quality-over-quantity approach to pay off in a big way in this week's Welsh National. With just five horses in training at her stable in Cork, O'Sullivan finds herself taking on some of Britain's biggest names at Chepstow but does not feel Indifference Curve will be out of place.

In the frame in all three starts during the autumn and early winter, the nine-year-old has not won for a while, but every time he has done so it has been in testing conditions -- something virtually guaranteed at Chepstow. "I've been thinking about the race for a long time," said O'Sullivan. "In fact, I think it could have been three years ago when he ran in a race in Limerick. I always thought he wanted a trip and his jumping is so good that I thought he might make a Grand National horse one day.

"Possibly he will do, but the Welsh National is the next best thing. Chepstow is perhaps the toughest course in the world with the five fences in the straight, but his jumping is his best attribute. I gave him a short break after he was beaten six lengths in the Cork National and hopefully he has a chance. He's certainly in very good form."

O'Sullivan believes she has trained around 12 point-to-point winners to go with half a dozen under Rules and Indifference will be her first British runner. But she is not unfamiliar with racing cross-channel.

"I learned my trade with Jenny Pitman in England and with Jim Bolger in Ireland and have been training myself since 2008," she said. "I took a break for personal reasons and I got the licence back about 12 weeks ago. I've had seconds and thirds but I just have the five in training. They all have to be good for me to keep them."

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