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Second successive Ladbrokes Trophy for Irish Pointers

Second successive Ladbrokes Trophy for Irish Pointers

Total Recall ended the drought of Irish-trained horses in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury on Saturday, by becoming the first horse since 1980 to cross the Irish Sea on route to success in the Grade 3 contest.

Waited with in mid-division under Paul Townend, the Westerner gelding gradually inched closer early in the home straight, and although jumping the final fence in the slipstream of Whisper, the eight-year-old got a dream run-up the elbow to collar Davy Russell’s mount in the shadows of the post, prevailing by a neck at the line.
 
The narrow success is a second consecutive victory in the Grade 3 £250,000 contest for Irish Pointing graduates following the victory of Native River 12 months earlier. 
 
Total Recall, who had landed the Munster National at Limerick on his first start for Mullins, ran four times between the flags for Galway handler Gerard Neilan, finishing second as a four-year-old at Dromahane, before getting off the mark at Rathmorrissey in March 2014.
 
Following his biggest victory to date, Total Recall is now a general 25/1 shot for the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, and Willie Mullins was full of praise for the ride his horse received from Paul Townend. 
 
“I thought his chance had gone and you could see Paul (Townend) thinking I better go around the other side and see what happens and it worked just changing angles. Paul’s tactic to change angles worked when he could see that he wasn’t going to win going the right-hand side, so he said we’ll see go up the left and see what happens. It worked a treat.”
 
Winning jockey Paul Townend was clearly delighted with his first Ladbrokes Trophy. 
 
“It was a big step-up from the race in Limerick and we just didn’t know how quick he was improving. You need a lot of luck in a race like that so it’s hard to be confident in a big handicap. 
 
“I knew I had a willing partner under me and I was going to give it a good shot.”
 


 

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