Take note of this Mullins newcomer!

By Thomas Weekes

Wed 20th Feb 2013, 18:10
Rathvawn Belle (David Mullins up) with owner Jimmy Barcoe
Rathvawn Belle (David Mullins up) with owner Jimmy Barcoe
(Healy Racing Photos)
For once bookmakers warmly greeted a Mullins bumper winner, but this time it was left to 16 year old David Mullins to steer unconsidered 33/1 newcomer Rathvawn Belle to win the Goffs Punchestown Invitational Sale Bumper at Punchestown today.

Mullins' illustrious uncle Willie Mullins had 1/2f Sizing Brisbane in the race but that gelding faded in the straight, finishing fourth. The winner, a daughter of Luso, had been held up in rear in the race before making good headway to eventually lead over a furlong out. From there teenager Mullins kept his mount going for a three and a quarter lengths win over Murtys Delight.

Winning trained Dick Donohoe was not present for his 33/1 winner (paid 155/1 on the Tote) while Tom Mullins, proud father of the winning rider, mentioned that David rides out on his spare time at home.

The 33/1 winner rounded off a good day for bookmakers who also had two 20/1 winners to cheer.

Quotes from Alan Magee

Power upstages former boss Aidan!

Aidan O'Brien's first venture, for eight years, into National Hunt racing in the AES Family Saturday At The Festival Bumper at Punchestown today, was upstaged by his former employee and lesser known Co Kilkenny based Gareth Power, whose newcomer Yes Sir Brian (20/1) claimed many of racing's best known scalps in the race.