Queen a syndicate sensation
Few win €100,000 handicaps in the manner Cabaret Queen hosed up in the JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National, and while it was a wonderful success for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Paul Townend, it was the 67 syndicate members who assuredly had the most incredible experience.
Syndicates Racing has a number of horses in training with a variety of handlers, offering a range of entry level opportunities in racehorse ownership.
Cabaret Queen was purchased for £13,000 having lost her way a little after showing a good degree of form in England with Dan Skelton. She was offered for lease, for shares of 1-10 per cent, and sent to be trained at Closutton.
A second-place finish at Listowel was thrilling, and yielded €8,000, but that paled into comparison with the Limerick experience, not least when one considers that Cabaret Queen was not in the Munster National until the withdrawal of Na Trachtalai Abu yesterday morning.
That was the bit of luck needed and the syndicate members that managed to make hasty arrangements to travel to Limerick were rewarded in the best possible style as their pride and joy jumped magnificently, travelled powerfully and won by 13 lengths.
Now, plans are in the pipeline for the Ladbrokes Trophy in Newbury. It is the stuff of dreams, and all at an affordable outlay. Already, they have had a brilliant time. And it might get even better.
Mullins' incredible weekend
There is a danger sometimes of taking considerable achievement for granted when it happens regularly but Willie Mullins' feat of bagging the feature events in the NH sphere at Limerick and on the Flat at the Curragh yesterday, 24 hours after garnering the £217,000 first prize on offer in the Emirates English Cesarewitch at Newmarket, is quite remarkable.
Jason Watson delivered Stratum to deny Party Playboy at the headquarters of English Flat racing. Party Playboy would have been a fairytale success for 50-year-old jockey Niall McCullagh, whose son Scott was also riding in the race, and for trainer Tony Mullins, younger brother of the victorious conditioner.
Cabaret Queen advertised Mullins' magic once more, as the daughter of King's Theatre produced her best performance on only her second run since being relocated to Closutton.
Royal Illusion was just as eye-catching in the Tote Irish Cesarewitch, worth €59,000 to winning owners Ballylinch Stud. Seven-pound claimer, Joey Sheridan continued what has been a tremendous season for him when steering the seven-year-old filly to an eight-and-a-half length triumph.
Royal Illusion and Cabaret Queen don't just share a trainer, age and gender but also a sire, and it certainly added to the occasion for the Ballylinch team that their late former stallion King's Theatre would continue to be making his mark.