Mullins equals record on Dues
Union Dues (outer) swoops under Patrick Mullins
(Healy Racing Photos)
Patrick Mullins was equalling the record score of 72 winners for an amateur rider in a calendar year as the French-bred landed the Grade 2 contest.
The race was run at a steady gallop and the five runners were bunched up turning for home.
The 3/1 (from 5/2) winner quickened in style to post an impressive three-and-a-quarter length success.
“He's been pleasing us at home and with the speed he showed there on that ground I think we'll aim him at the Cheltenham bumper,” said Mullins.
“He's won a Grade 2 race there and killed them for speed.”
Stan James made the winner 10/1 joint-favourite for the Cheltenham bumper with stable-mate Clondaw Court, an impressive winner at Punchestown last month. Paddy Power introduced him at 16/1.
Mullins was also full of praise for his son who equalled Billy Parkinson's record, set in 1915, for the number of winners in a calendar year ridden by an amateur.
“He's been riding fantastic all year and has huge commitment. He thinks his own way through his races.
“He's hugely dedicated to keep his weight down to what it is and he very seldom makes a mistake.”
(Additional reporting by Alan Magee)
The Colin McBratney-trained Sole Witness ran out a convincing winner of the Prancer and Dancer Handicap Chase at Navan as stamina proved the key.