Monday 19 February 2018

Very Much So lands the Goffs Land Rover Bumper for Mullins' team

Very Much So and Jonny Burke (Left) get the better of Snow Falcon and Nina Carberry (Right) to win the Goffs Land Rover Bumper
Very Much So and Jonny Burke (Left) get the better of Snow Falcon and Nina Carberry (Right) to win the Goffs Land Rover Bumper

Very Much So was a 12-1 chance for the Goffs Land Rover Bumper despite being Mullins' only runner and those that were not put off by jockey bookings were rewarded with three-quarter length success over Snow Falcon at Punchestown.

Patrick Mullins never featured on the Henderson-trained favourite Native Display, and at the business end young Johnny Burke did a fine job in getting the four-year-old home under hands and heels.

Burke said: "I've been riding out for Willie for some time, my dad is well known in racing and it's great to get a winner at the Festival.

"Going professional is something I'd like to think about at the end of this Festival."

Mullins said: "He wasn't high in our estimation for the bumper but we knew he was improving.

"I said to Johnny if he doesn't get a break, ride your own race. He kept him balanced and kept him going.

"Johnny has shown me he's a good pilot."

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