WILLIE MULLINS ASSESSES HIS RANDOX GRAND NATIONAL CHANCES WITH BURROWS SAINT LEADING THE CLOSUTTON CHARGE - Tuesday 16th February By Nick Seddon
The eight year old gelding has only been seen on a racecourse four times since May 2019 but the handicapper has seen enough to give him a rating of 156 and allocate a weight of 10st 13lbs.
Mullins won the worlds greatest steeplechase in 2005 with Hedgehunter and came agonisingly close to repeating the feat 13 years later when Tiger Roll just held off a late charge from Pleasant Company.
This year Mullins has eight entries for the worlds greatest steeplechase and rates Burrows Saint as his best chance.
The Closutton handler said: It is what weve been aiming for now for the last 24 months.
He has got a nice racing weight on 10st 13lbs - we cannot complain about that. He is yet to really come into form for me (this season), but I am hoping that we can do that in the near future. We have got a few runs into him and the ground has been unusually heavy I think he is always better on spring ground. He will be fitter for his last run. I needed to get a run into him and it was not our preferred option on the ground, but we had to go and take our chance and I think he will be better once the spring weather comes and the ground dries out a little bit, he will be back to himself, I think.
He could have another run before.
The Bobbyjo (Chase, Fairyhouse, 27th February) is usually our preferred route, so both he and Acapella Bourgeois could go there.
Mullins is responsible for eight of Irelands 43 entries, and he also assessed the chances of his seven other contenders:
Acapella Bourgeois - He is getting on now as an 11 year old, and might be past his best, but we will see how he gets on in the Bobbyjo (Chase). I thought we might have got a little more leeway with a horse of his age, but the handicapper has a tough job and at least we are in the race!
So we will have to see how things will turn out. I think both Acapella Bourgeois and Burrows Saint will love Aintree. With their style of jumping and the type of ground you get there, I think both of them will really love it.
Brahma Bull - I am happy enough with his weight. He will love the trip I think and keep jumping away, so I am happy with that. He is by Presenting, so I am not sure he loved that really heavy ground at Gowran on Thyestes day.
A lot of horses by him do not relish the track, and he is another who prefers nicer ground. I imagine he will have a run before April. He might go to the Bobbyjo or head for an alternative, we will see what happens.
Class Conti - I thought he ran a cracker in the Thyestes, so thats him coming back into form. I am sure I will try and get another run into him as well.
Cabaret Queen - She was disappointing in the same race (the Thyestes) last time out and she will definitely have another run. She is another who will be suited by drier ground, and whether the trip suits her, who knows? But she loves jumping and gallops on good ground and these are questions that we will only get answers to on the day.
Robin Des Foret - Hopefully hell just squeeze in. It is something we have not really thought of before and was a speculative entry and I think our owners were keen to have a day out.
Whether theyll be allowed in by that time I do not know, but he has come back to us in good form and should have a run before Aintree as well.
Saturnas - I think well probably have to start looking for an alternative for Saturnas, maybe the Irish National, as he will need luck to get in.
Bellow Mome - He has got no hope of getting in so we will be going down the handicap route I am sure as well.