Monday 19 August 2019

Patrick Mullins: 'Getaway can make off with bumper prize'

 

Winner alright: David Mullins riding Zero Ten (left) on their way to winning The Connolly's Red Mills Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Final yesterday. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images
Winner alright: David Mullins riding Zero Ten (left) on their way to winning The Connolly's Red Mills Irish EBF Auction Hurdle Final yesterday. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Patrick Mullins

Chacun Pour Soi translates as selfish - the example our French agent used was Neymar with the ball.

Willie has been anything but selfish with his time for this horse. Bought in March 2016 after finishing third in Enghien - Paris's now closed second jumps track - he only made his debut for us three years later after an Argos catalogue of setbacks.

Ruby had been booked to ride him. His retirement came as a shock to us all and I'll comment further on the great man tomorrow, but for now the show goes on for team Closutton.

Horses are rarely straightforward. Chacun Pour Soi was worth the wait, though, winning easier than PSG claim the Ligue 1 title. Today's novice chase is Champions League compared to that, however.

Two Cheltenham Festival winners in Duc De Genievres and Defi De Seuil and another two Grade 1 winners in Voix Du Reve and Ornua line up against him here. Can he handle the step up in class better than Kylian Mbappe and his team?

I think the drop back to two miles will count against Defi De Seuil and Voix Du Reve, while Ornua's form, through Us And Them, isn't strong enough to challenge Duc De Genievres. The steel-grey Duc annihilated the field in the Arkle with a performance dripping with power and flair. It was like watching Mozart up against street buskers.

Chacun Pour Soi likes to get on with things and will probably set a strong gallop, along with Ornua, which will give Duc the strong pace he had in Cheltenham. He should confirm his superiority, but Chacun Pour Soi is the unknown joker in this deck.

We run two in the mares listed novice hurdle. Elfile was eye-catching when making up ground hand over fist late on behind Honeysuckle after being outpaced, and I'm not sure the drop down in trip of a half mile will suit her. It is a big ask to race again less than a fortnight later too.

Allez Dance was disappointing in Cheltenham, it was too bad to be true, and the form of her maiden hurdle win got a nice boost when the runner-up bolted in at Fairyhouse next time out. She shows a lot of gears in her work at home and I think this track and trip will suit her well. She could well surprise.

In the bumper I ride The Big Getaway. Obviously imagination in the naming stakes wasn't valued by his previous owner! An absolute giant of a horse, he does some fabulous bits of work at home, doing a fair impression of a rocket-powered baby elephant.

It is unusual for Willie to run a maiden in a winners race, but he is a winner without a penalty. I managed to get him beat in Navan on his first run for us, but I should have won.

Over-confidence probably got me into a pocket where I couldn't get a clear run. Willie's face after would have fitted in on Easter Island.

In the back of my head, there is a voice that says a really good horse will get you out of trouble, but I still believe this horse is well above average and will be disappointed if we can't make amends today.

Patrick's Picks: Allez Dance 7.15 The Big Getaway 7.45

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