It’s not that rare that Irish trainer Emmet Mullins sends a runner over to Britain. However, his Aintree runner on Friday will be just the fifth of his at the track in the last five years. He of course won one of the previous four with Grand National winner Noble Yeats.
A 500-mile round trip is a long way to bring just a single runner so as with all Irish raiders to the British track, this horse needs plenty of respect with conditions looking ideal for his sole representative.
Based in County Carlow way down in the south-east of Ireland, the yard will have to drive all the way to Dublin, get a ferry to Holyhead and then drive to Aintree. That’s a lot of money to lay out on expenses; fuel, staff etc.
This might only be a four-runner juvenile hurdle, but Emmet Mullins’ runner All In Peder looks up against it on all known form. The three-year-old son of Reliable Man has raced just four times, all on the flat, and he has showed very little in any of those races.
All In Peder has been beaten a combined 87 lengths in his four starts to date. So, why is he being sent to Aintree to now run in a 2m juvenile hurdle with Brian Hughes booked for the job? It seems a strange one on the face of it, but Mullins is well known for finding significant improvement in his runners out of the blue.
The jockey booking is also an eye-catcher as you surely wouldn’t book the British champion jockey unless you thought your horse had a decent chance. All in all, he is a fascinating runner on what is a horrific card at Aintree on Friday.
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