Bright object may have fazed Bellshill in Irish Grand National, says Willie Mullins

first_imgA rueful Willie Mullins is working on a theory Bellshill was distracted by something bright in his line of vision when he made his mad leftwards plunge that threw the finish of Monday’s Irish Grand National into disarray.The consensus in the immediate aftermath was the horse’s wayward path was the result of fatigue but Mullins does not accept that explanation, having talked it over with Bellshill’s jockey, David Mullins. Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Read more Quick guide Horse racing tips for Wednesday 4 April Lingfield 1.40 Ertidaad 2.10 Mime Dance 2.45 Flavius Titus 3.15 Faay 3.45 Newstead Abbey 4.15 Sweet Symphony 4.45 Interlink (nb) 5.15 Night Story Southwell 1.50 Archie Stevens 2.25 Lord Oberon 2.55 Monks Stand 3.25 Monsieur Jimmy 3.55 Moltoir 4.25 Gleaming Sun 4.55 African Trader (nap) Kempton 5.45 Swift Fox 6.15 Vice Marshal 6.45 Mordin 7.15 Chess Move 7.45 Stosur 8.15 Exceeding Power 8.45 Wally’s Wisdom 9.15 Iley Boy Catterick abandoned  Hide Share on WhatsApp Thank you for your feedback. Was this helpful? Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Reuse this content “No, he wasn’t emptying at all,” the trainer said. “David said he had plenty of running left in him. Whether something caught his eye or what, I don’t know.“I’ve got to have a look at the tapes but someone said there might have been a photographer’s coat or a hi-vis jacket might have taken his eye off the fence. David said there was plenty in the horse because he was brought to a standstill and then ran on again.”Bellshill moved like the best horse for most of the race and was trading online at odds of about 1-3 as he approached the final fence. However, instead of producing the straightforward leap that would have all but ensured victory, he slowed and hung to his left before clambering over, losing ground and momentum. He was beaten by only one length. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img Horse racing Share via Email news Willie Mullins Share on LinkedIn General Principle gives Gordon Elliott his first Irish Grand National victory Grand National Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Mullins said he will not race Bellshill in the Grand National at Aintree a week on Saturday but will instead rely on Total Recall, Pleasant Company and Children’s List. He does not plan to run his other entrants, Rathvinden and Acapella Bourgeois.He will also bring his Arkle winner, Footpad, over for a novice chase at Aintree’s three-day meeting, while Yorkhill may be tried in the Aintree Hurdle. Mullins does not expect to run much at Aintree beyond those, having his eyes trained on targets closer to home. Pairofbrowneyes, an early faller in the Irish National, is expected to skip next week’s Topham Chase in favour of a race at Punchestown later in the month.Mullins is in great danger of losing the title of reigning champion trainer, since Gordon Elliott leads him by €500,000 with less than a month left in the season. “We’re up against it but still we keep going for the time being,” Mullins said. “There’s a lot of prize money to come, a big festival at Punchestown. Who knows what’ll happen.” Topics Horse racing tips Show last_img read more