The vast majority of high profile French recruits end up at Closutton but Willie Mullins isn’t the only trainer to acquire a nice type from across the British Channel. SIR GINO is a prime example here and he could take high rank in the juvenile division for Nicky Henderson. It is worth noting that Henderson has won the Triumph Hurdle a record seven times…
He showed a great attitude when beating Salvator Mundi in the Listed Prix Wild Monarch at Auteuil in April, with the front two pulling 10 lengths clear of the field. The Donnellys were clearly impressed, purchasing both horses privately – sending the winner to Seven Barrows while SALVATOR MUNDI heads to Mullins.
The second remains a novice over hurdles and Mullins’ modus operandi is often to hold that type of horse back for the following year. However, word is that Salvator Mundi is the better long term prospect of the two so it is worth putting both horses in your trackers.
Another one to head to Closutton is filly KARGESE. She has a fair bit of experience under her belt, winning two of her three races in France – including the Grade 3 Prix Sagan in May. She will run in the Honeysuckle silks of Kenny Alexander and could be a similar type to Gala Marceau. She looks very nice.
I was keen to find out where NARA was and it was recently confirmed that she is in training with Henry de Bromhead. She was an impressive winner of the fillies edition of the Prix Wild Monarch and she could be anything. Snapped up by JP McManus, she runs in the famous green and gold colours donned by many Cheltenham Festival winners over the years.
A wildcard for the trackers is PACINI, who is owned by KTDA Racing and is with Gordon Elliott at Cullentra House. I was lucky enough to speak to the owners and they chose him as their horse to follow this season – which grabbed my interest as they also acquired £420,000 Romeo Coolio at the Tattersalls Cheltenham Festival sale.