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Michael O'Sullivan rides first winner for Mullins

Mister Policeman and Michael O'Sullivan jump the lastMister Policeman and Michael O'Sullivan jump the last
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Cheltenham festival winner Michael O'Sullivan registered a first winner for Willie Mullins today, steering French import Mister Policeman to a taking success in Cork's Bar One Racing Sign Up Offer Hurdle.

Well-touted Mister Policeman had 'cheaply' surrendered his novice status in winning a Fontainebleau hurdle for David Cottin as a four-year-old in March 2022 and was thus an uncommon Ricci/Mullins recruit to Ireland, and today faced seasoned opponents.

Held up behind the leaders, the son of Triple Threat travelled strongly to lead at the second-last and scored comfortably from 11 year old, 142-rated Cash Back

O'Sullivan, having his ninth ride for Mullins, reported “I'm obviously very grateful for Mr Mullins and the Riccis for putting me on him and he is a lovely horse who has a big future. It was very straightforward and he'll come on a lot for it.

“He will get a trip and is very relaxed and I had to wake him up once or twice. He is very clever to jump and is a nice prospect.”

He added “I'm riding out in Willie's for over a year, he has been good to me and I had a nice few rides for him at Cheltenham and I'm delighted to get this.

“I ride out for Gordon (Elliott) also and obviously Barry (Connell) so am getting plenty opportunities.”

About Tom Weekes
A lifelong racing fan, Tom began writing point to point reports in 2002 and has reported for irishracing.com since 2003, when he joined Irish Racing Services - since taken over by the Press Association. Has ridden a point to point winner and won the 2018 Irish Field Naps Table.