Ballybrowney Wall is about to fall at the final fence with eventual winner Perfect Leader on the far side© Photo Healy Racing
Perfect Leader had luck of his side when gaining a maiden success at the 28th attempt at Leopardstown today as the Mags Mullins trained gelding helped son Danny Mullins complete a double on the day in the Club 30 Membership Handicap Chase. Ballybrowney Walk under Jockeys' Championship leader Paul Townend, had moved past Perfect Leader approaching the final fence and while he appeared to be full of running, clipped the top of the final fence, landed awkwardly before falling.
The exit left Perfect Leader back in front again and he kept his lead to the line, when beating Dark Outsider by two and a half lengths.
Winning jockey Danny Mullins was honest in his appraisal of the final fence fall saying “my thought process going to the last was 'just get over it' because the only chance I have of beating Paul is if he comes down. It does happen the odd day, you wouldn't wish it upon anyone but you'll take the bit of luck when it comes.”
He added “he's been tricky. He's one we've always liked at home but he's disappointed more days than he's ran well.
“He had a great run at Clonmel a few runs back but was a little bit disappointing the last two days.
“He seemed in good order at home but it would be hard to fancy him after a few of those little blips along the way but we're glad he's done the job. It's great for Patrick Hogan (owner and former trainer of the gelding).”
Quotes from Gary Carson