Leading Irish horse racing trainer Willie Mullins has an incredible record at Bellewstown Racecourse. In his career, he has sent just 93 runners to the track but 28 of those have come back into the winner’s enclosure. That is an incredible 30 per cent strike-rate which is nearly unheard of over the course of a career at a track.
It has to be very interesting that Mullins will send just one runner to Bellewstown on Wednesday. The horse will take his chance in the last race on the card, a bumper. His strike-rate averages about 40 per cent across the country in bumpers so anything above 6-4 would be a decent price taking the strike-rate into account.
The Mullins runner in the finale is the top horse on the race card, Aslukwoodhavit. Jody Townend is excellent value for her five pound claim and is now one of the best riders around in these amateur rider races. She truly is exceptional in the saddle.
This five-year-old gelding was second in a Punchestown bumper on debut last December on heavy ground. He then finished fourth in a Downpatrick bumper on soft ground. Sent off a 4-9 favourite at Sligo over two miles last time, he was very disappointing in third but Sligo is a quirky track and he still sets the bar here.
It will be interesting to see if the better ground will bring out more improvement. The sun is splitting the rocks here in the west of Ireland as I write this piece so we could have a very sound surface. That may well be the key to this horse.
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