Monday 16 September 2019

Watch: Min the merciless mauls his rivals in the Melling

Ruby Walsh celebrates winning the 3.25 JLT Chase on Min Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
Ruby Walsh celebrates winning the 3.25 JLT Chase on Min Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff
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Min made amends for a narrow defeat 12 months ago with an authoritative success in the JLT Chase at Aintree.

Beaten a neck by Politologue in 2018, the Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old gained his revenge with a superb all-the-way display in the two-and-a-half-mile Grade One contest, registered as the Melling Chase.

Min (2-1 favourite) was always travelling beautifully for Ruby Walsh, and when it looked as his rivals were about to challenge, he pulled away to score by 20 lengths.

Politologue was second, with Waiting Patiently third, as Min bounced back from a below-par run in the Champion Chase to give his owner Rich Ricci a boost after Faugheen was pulled up on Thursday.

Walsh told ITV Racing: "He was brilliant. We tried something different at Cheltenham to try to beat Altior and it didn't work. I felt he didn't jump as well as he can at Cheltenham.

"He got into a lovely rhythm today and jumped like a buck. He was magic.

"We always thought he was as really good horse, and he is - it just shows you what a good horse Altior is."

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