Maureen Mullins with Danny Mullins who won the 2020 Thyestes Chase on Total Recall for Willie Mullins.

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“Thanks Granny”…. @dan2231 with grandmother Maureen after Total Recall won @Goffs1866 @GowranPark1 Thyestes Chase for @WillieMullinsNH (c)

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A very proud granny

鈥淩achael (Blackmore) was brilliant on him” Henry de Bromhead on Aspire Tower’s win at Down Royal.

The Grade Two WKD Hurdle at Down Royal saw Henry de Bromhead saddle a one three as Aspire Tower (4s into 3s) led them home under Rachael Blackmore.
It boiled down to the big three in the market from the third last hurdle.
Aspire Tower was too strong for odds-on shot Abacadabras on the run-in, and four and a half lengths split them. The other de Bromhead hope, Jason The Militant, was a short head back in third.
Paddy Power initially went 20/1 from 50/1 about Aspire Tower for the Champion Hurdle. They then clipped him into 14/1 after laying the 20s.
Powers extended Abacadabras from 5/1 out to 8/1 for the same race.
Aspire Tower鈥檚 jumping had improved as they went along here, and not surprisingly de Bromhead was well pleased, saying: 鈥淒elighted with that.
鈥淗e was so good at Christmas last year and I just felt after that his form just didn鈥檛 look as good. He鈥檚 a big four-year-old and he had only just come off the flat and maybe everything caught up with him a little bit as the season went on.
鈥淭he lads were right – we gave him a really good break and it is fantastic that he comes back like that.
鈥淩achael (Blackmore) was brilliant on him, he is tough out and he did it the hard way on his first run since March.
鈥淚鈥檓 delighted with Jason (The Militant) as well, he ran really well and Paul (Townend) thought he would come on from that.鈥
When asked if he would be training Aspire Tower like a Champion Hurdle horse now, he replied: 鈥淚 think he is entitled to certainly step up again. I鈥檒l speak to the lads and see what everyone wants to do.
鈥淚 would imagine we would look at Christmas and see what is going on there.鈥