Saturday 16 November 2019

Petite another star for Mullins

Petite Parisienne puts in a clumsy leap at the final flight
Petite Parisienne puts in a clumsy leap at the final flight

Willie Mullins' remarkable week continued when he saddled the first two home in the AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown.

Having won the feature race with Annie Power, the champion trainer sent out Petite Parisienne to land the day's other Grade One event as she ran out a wide-margin winner over Buiseness Sivola.

The Closutton handler finished with 16 winners over the five days of the meeting and, amazingly, this was his 30th Grade One success of the season.

Partnered by Bryan Cooper, the 11-4 favourite could be called the winner some way out as she was travelling much the best of the 10 runners and she was clear in front at the last.

While she crashed through the obstacle, Petite Parisienne managed to recover and push on again to win by eight and a half lengths.

Cooper, who is a close friend of injured jockey Robbie McNamara said: "She's a tough filly, she loves soft ground and stays further as well. She will only get better next year. I was moaning things weren't going right earlier in the weekend, but things could be a lot worse."

Mullins added: "Compared to Annie Power it's like little and large, but she has a huge engine. I thought Bryan was in a bit of trouble caught on the inside at the fourth-last, but the minute she got daylight she picked up.

"Her change of gear was fantastic. She is a nice prospect. Bryan said she'd get further and there was no sign of her stopping. She could go for the Prix Alain du Breil at Auteuil if the owners want to go there."

Mullins teamed up with son Patrick to make it a treble as 9-10 favourite Nambour outclassed his rivals in the K Club Hotel, Spa & Ryder Cup Venue (Pro/Am) Flat Race.

He reflected: "It has been a fantastic week and I'm lucky to have great staff who do all the work.

"I know the likes of Faugheen and Annie Power have been great but the highlight for me, the one we'll take home with us, was Uncle Junior winning the FBD Chase for the La Touche Cup at 14 years of age. Patrick enjoyed it and it was just fantastic stuff."

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