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    Gaelic Warrior Clinches Victory in Faugheen Novice Chase Amid Family Rivalry
Gaelic Warrior Clinches Victory in Faugheen Novice Chase Amid Family Rivalry

Gaelic Warrior Clinches Victory in Faugheen Novice Chase Amid Family Rivalry

Drama and Triumph at Limerick for Gaelic Warrior

Gaelic Warrior emerged victorious in the Grade 1 Guinness Faugheen Novice Chase at Limerick, making it two wins from two starts over fences. The race was not without drama, particularly between cousins Patrick and Danny Mullins.

Family Rivalry on the Track

Aboard Gaelic Warrior, Patrick Mullins appeared less than pleased with Danny Mullins' race-riding tactics on Il Etait Temps, especially approaching the second-last fence. Despite this, Gaelic Warrior, the 4/7 favorite, maintained the lead throughout the two-and-a-half-mile race, finishing five and a half lengths ahead of stablemate Il Etait Temps.

Gaelic Warrior's Dominant Performance

Gaelic Warrior displayed a commanding rhythm after an initial mistake, leading the race comfortably. Il Etait Temps attempted a strategic move but didn't need help to match Gaelic Warrior's pace. This win reduced Gaelic Warrior's ante-post odds for the upcoming Cheltenham races in March.

Mullins' Post-Race Reflections

Patrick Mullins praised Gaelic Warrior's performance, noting his adaptation to the ground and solid rhythm. He acknowledged the horse's preference for right-handed tracks, speculating on the ideal conditions for future races. Regarding the incident with Danny Mullins, Patrick humorously recounted a pre-race warning about not taking an inside gap, relieved that it didn't impact their chances of winning.

Willie Mullins' Take on the Event

At Leopardstown, Willie Mullins commended Gaelic Warrior's jumping skills and humorously remarked on the family rivalry witnessed during the race. He highlighted the competitive nature of the sport and looked forward to discussing the day's events with his family.

Stewards Review Mullins' Comments

The race stewards reviewed the incident at the second-last fence and Patrick Mullins' post-race comments. Patrick explained his pre-race advice to Danny, which Danny himself confirmed. After considering the evidence, the stewards referred the matter to a Senior Racing Official for further review.

In summary, Gaelic Warrior's impressive win in the Guinness Faugheen Novice Chase at Limerick was a highlight of the racing day, marked by a fascinating family rivalry and top-class performance. The victory has set high expectations for Gaelic Warrior's upcoming races, with much anticipation for his performance at Cheltenham.


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