The Randox Health Grand National
Grade 3 Handicap,
Aintree 17:15
£1,000,000 total prize fund,
7yo plus, 4m 3f 110y, Class 1   
Saturday 7th April 2018

Willie Mullins sees the Grand National as a more realistic long-term target than the Cheltenham Gold Cup for his Ladbrokes Trophy hero Total Recall.

Total Recall
© Caroline Norris
Total Recall

Having made an impressive debut for Ireland's perennial champion trainer in the Munster National at Limerick, the eight-year-old became the first Irish-trained winner of the race formerly known as the Hennessy Gold Cup since Bright Highway in 1980 when getting the better of Whisper in a thrilling finish.

Total Recall was trimmed to around 20-1 to provide his trainer with a first Gold Cup triumph at Prestbury Park in March, but Mullins is more inclined to aim for the world's most famous steeplechase at Aintree the following month, for which he is a 25-1 shot with several firms.

"He came home on Saturday night and he's fine," Mullins told At The Races.

"I think he'd have to improve another 10lb to be competitive in a Gold Cup field. He looks a Grand National horse to me. That's the route I would be going.

"We'll see what the English handicapper thinks of him and what the Irish handicapper thinks of him, but I'm thinking he's going to be (rated) maybe 158 to 160. That warrants an entry into the Gold Cup, but he might finish fourth, or fifth or sixth maybe."

Considering more immediate targets, Mullins added: "Do we go for the Thyestes Chase (Gowran Park, January 25) for his next run? The Bobbyjo Chase (Fairyhouse, February 24) is there.

"We'll get him home from the race and see how he turns out."

Total Recall's prestigious victory put the record straight for Mullins 15 years after Be My Royal passed the post in front only to disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance caused by contaminated food.

The Closutton handler reserved special praise for jockey Paul Townend, who steered Total Recall to success and will be relied upon heavily in the next couple of months in the absence of sidelined stable jockey Ruby Walsh.

Mullins said: "Paul is way more than a sub and I'm lucky enough to have him because everyone knows he could walk into most big yards in Ireland or England.

"But he gets a lot of rides from our place and a lot of nice winners. Hopefully it stays that way."

Randox Health Grand National 2017
Grade 3, £1,000,000 Total Prize Fund.
Four miles, three and a half furlongs.
40 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st One For Arthur (IRE) 14/1 D R Fox
10-11
Miss Lucinda V Russell 8
2nd Cause Of Causes (USA) 16/1 Mr J J Codd
10-13
G Elliott 9
3rd Saint Are (FR) 25/1 D N Russell
10-10
T R George 11
4th ½ Blaklion 8/1f N D Fehily
11-1
N A Twiston-Davies 8
5th 8 Gas Line Boy (IRE) 50/1 R T Dunne
10-7
Ian Williams 11
6th 10 Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 12/1 T Scudamore
10-12
D Pipe 8
7th 1 Lord Windermere (IRE) 33/1 L P Aspell
10-10
J H Culloty 11
8th nk Regal Encore (IRE) 33/1 R M Power
10-13
A J Honeyball 9
9th hd Pleasant Company (IRE) 11/1 R Walsh
10-12
W P Mullins 9
10th 14 Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) 50/1 Charlie Deutsch
10-12
Miss V Williams 10
11th Ballynagour (IRE) 66/1 David Noonan
10-11
D Pipe 11
12th Le Mercurey (FR) 50/1 Sean Bowen
11-0
P F Nicholls 7
13th Goodtoknow 66/1 Jake Greenall
10-7
Kerry Lee 9
14th Just A Par (IRE) 33/1 Harry Cobden
10-9
P F Nicholls 10
15th 6 La Vaticane (FR) 80/1 R P McLernon
10-6
D Pipe 8
16th 7 The Last Samuri (IRE) 16/1 D Bass
11-10
K C Bailey 9
17th 6 Tenor Nivernais (FR) 40/1 Aidan Coleman
11-1
Miss V Williams 10
18th 7 Roi Des Francs (FR) 50/1 J W Kennedy
11-3
G Elliott 8
19th 11 Wonderful Charm (FR) 28/1 Ms K Walsh
11-2
P F Nicholls 9
PU More Of That (IRE) 16/1 B J Geraghty
11-6
Jonjo O'Neill 9
PU Shantou Flyer (IRE) 50/1 Jonathan Moore
11-5
Miss R Curtis 7
PU Perfect Candidate (IRE) 33/1 P J Brennan
11-5
F O'Brien 10
PU Wounded Warrior (IRE) 33/1 S W Flanagan
11-2
N Meade 8
PU Drop Out Joe 33/1 T J O'Brien
11-1
C E Longsdon 9
PU Definitly Red (IRE) 10/1 Danny Cook
10-12
B Ellison 8
PU Double Shuffle (IRE) 33/1 A P Heskin
10-12
T R George 7
PU O'Faolains Boy (IRE) 50/1 P Townend
10-11
Miss R Curtis 10
PU Highland Lodge (IRE) 25/1 Henry Brooke
10-11
James Moffatt 11
PU Bishops Road (IRE) 66/1 J E Moore
10-10
Kerry Lee 9
PU Stellar Notion (IRE) 50/1 D J Mullins
10-9
H de Bromhead 9
PU Rogue Angel (IRE) 20/1 B J Cooper
10-8
M F Morris 9
PU Doctor Harper (IRE) 50/1 C O'Farrell
10-6
D Pipe 9
F The Young Master 20/1 Mr S Waley-Cohen
10-13
N P Mulholland 8
F Vicente (FR) 16/1 B Hughes
10-10
P F Nicholls 8
F Cocktails At Dawn 33/1 Nico de Boinville
10-8
N J Henderson 9
UR Saphir Du Rheu (FR) 16/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
11-5
P F Nicholls 8
UR Ucello Conti (FR) 20/1 D A Jacob
10-12
G Elliott 9
UR Measureofmydreams (IRE) 40/1 D Meyler
10-9
N Meade 9
UR Raz De Maree (FR) 33/1 G N Fox
10-9
G P Cromwell 12
UR Thunder And Roses (IRE) 25/1 M A Enright
10-7
M F Morris 9