We’re used to seeing trainers with the surname Mullins raiding our shores, with the likes of Willie and Emmet having regular runners. County Kenny-based trainer Margaret Mullins is a much less frequent raider and has had a total of 20 runners in Britain. Only one of those has run at Bangor but her 21st runner is set to race at the Welsh track on Wednesday. This raider looks particularly interesting and it’s a family affair as her son Danny comes over for the ride. You can check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.
Morricone is presumably named after the famous Italian composer and connections will be hoping he hits the right notes on Wednesday. The six-year-old son of Shantou is lightly raced and he got off the mark at Downpatrick last time out. It was a very comfortable six-length victory and it suggests he’s progressing nicely.
Mullins’ charge had shown significant improvement when second at Tramore on his penultimate start so it was no surprise to see him take another step forward last time. The 2m7f trip here is a bit of an unknown. looking at his pedigree. He’s related to winners at up to 2m5f over hurdles and his dam made one start over hurdles for Margaret Mullins and that was over an extended 2m6f.
The lightly raced handicap debutant Olivers Travels looks like the biggest danger but Morricone does receive 8lb from that rival. It’s unlikely that this horse has reached his full potential yet and further improvement shouldn’t be ruled out. This looks like a winnable race and Mullins’ gelding can extend his winning run to two here.
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