Grand National 2018 Fact Files
Randox Heath Grand National

Total Recall

Total Recall (IRE) 9-11-04
 
Breeding: b g Westerner - Augest Weekend (IRE) (Dr Massini (IRE))
Breeder: John Connolly
Born: March 15, 2009
Owner: Slaneyville Syndicate
Trainer: Willie Mullins IRE
Form: 34134/7619/PF4U105-111F

Total Recall
© Caroline Norris
Total Recall
 
*Staying on sixth when fell at third last in the G1 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup at Cheltenham on March 16.
 
*Won on his three other starts this season since joining Willie Mullins, having previously been with Sandra Hughes who relinquished her training licence.
 
*Wore down Whisper to win the valuable Ladbrokes Trophy by a neck at Newbury in December. Many Clouds is the only horse to have won both the Ladbrokes Trophy and Randox Health Grand National.
 
*Also captured and a valuable three-mile handicap hurdle at Leopardstown's Dublin Racing Festival in February and the Munster National Handicap Chase impressively at Limerick in October.
 
Race record: Starts: 20; Wins: 6; 2nd: -; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £262,858
 
Slaneyville Syndicate
 
The Slaneyville Syndicate is made up of eight siblings - seven brothers and one sister - from Tullow in Co Carlow. There was originally nine members but one of the siblings, Catherine, passed away recently. The syndicate is headed up by Laurence Byrne, owner of 2004 & 2005 Champion Hurdle hero Hardy Eustace. Schindlers Hunt, trained like Hardy Eustace by the late Dessie Hughes, was the syndicate's first runner in 2005. He won two G1 novice chases during the 2006/07 campaign and finished third in the 2009 Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The current Slaneyville Syndicate horses - Total Recall, Acapella Bourgeois and Dolciano Dici - moved to Willie Mullins this season following the retirement of Sandra Hughes.
 
Randox Health Grand National Record: No previous runners 
 
Willie Mullins IRE (Bagenalstown, County Carlow)
 
Born: September 15, 1956 Background: A six-time champion amateur rider in Ireland, his successes in the saddle included the 1983 Fox Hunters' Chase at Aintree on Atha Cliath (among the also-rans were Robert Waley-Cohen, chairman of Cheltenham Racecourse, and former Aintree Racecourse chairman Lord Daresbury). As a jockey in the Randox Health Grand National, his rides included The Ladys Master, who ran out in 1983, and Hazy Dawn, who fell at the sixth the following year. He partnered three winners at the Cheltenham Festival. He hails from one of Ireland's most famous racing families, being a son of the late Paddy Mullins, the outstanding all-round trainer whose most dazzling star was Dawn Run, winner of the 1984 Champion Hurdle and 1986 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Training Achievements: Assisted his father and Jim Bolger before taking out a training licence in 1988. He has been Ireland's champion Jump trainer 11 times. He has won most of the major prizes in Britain and Ireland, and several in France as well. He became in 2018 the winning-most trainer ever at the Cheltenham Festival, with 61 successes to his credit, including Champion Hurdles with Annie Power, Faugheen and Hurricane Fly, and an extraordinary nine in the Champion Bumper, starting with Wither Or Which (which he also rode) in 1996. He has been leading trainer at The Festival for five of the last eight years (including a record eight winners in 2015) and enjoyed seven successes at this year's meeting. Mullins' star performer in the early part of the century was Florida Pearl, who was placed in two Cheltenham Gold Cups, won the 1998 RSA Chase, the 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2004 Irish Gold Cups in Ireland as well as the 2001 King George VI Chase and the 2002 Betway Bowl at Aintree. The brilliant Hurricane Fly won the Unibet Champion Hurdle in 2011 and 2013 and Mullins' other Cheltenham Festival winners include the amazing Quevega who created history by becoming the only horse to win the same race in six consecutive years (the OLBG Mares' Hurdle). Some of Mullins' current stable stars include 2018 Racing Post Arkle Chase winner Footpad, Un De Sceaux, 2018 Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle victor Penhill, Melon, Min, Douvan and Laurina. Mullins has around 180 horses at his Closutton yard near Bagenalstown in Co Carlow. He is being challenged this season by Gordon Elliott for the Irish Jump trainers' title, having defeated Elliott in last year's championship by less than €200,000 on the final day of the season. His first Grand National runner as a trainer, Micko's Dream, fell at the first in 2000. Mullins, a former chairman of the Irish Trainers' Federation, also suffered disappointment in 2004 when Hedgehunter departed at the final fence in the Randox Health Grand National when looking assured of a place. The following year Hedgehunter won the Grand National, coming home 14 lengths clear of Royal Auclair, and finished second in 2006. 
 
Randox Health Grand National Record: 2000 Micko's Dream (FELL 1st); 2002 Alexander Banquet (UR 6th); 2004 Alexander Banquet (FELL 18th), Hedgehunter (FELL 30th); 2005 HEDGEHUNTER (WON); 2006 Hedgehunter (2nd); 2007 Hedgehunter (9th), Livingstonebramble (UR 6th), Homer Wells (PU 22nd), Bothar Na (PU 29th); 2008 Snowy Morning (3rd), Hedgehunter (13th); 2009 Snowy Morning (9th), Irish Invader (11th); 2010 Snowy Morning (6th), Arbor Supreme (UR 15th); 2011 The Midnight Club (6th), Dooney's Gate (FELL 6th), Arbor Supreme (FELL 28th); 2012 The Midnight Club (11th), Quiscover Fontaine (FELL 17th), On His Own (FELL 22nd); 2013 Quiscover Fontaine (16th), Quel Esprit (PU 24th), On His Own (FELL 25th); 2014 Vesper Bell (13th), Prince De Beauchene (16th); 2015 Ballycasey (BD 8th); 2016 On His Own (FELL 15th), Sir Des Champs (FELL 15th), Boston Bob (PU 22nd), Ballycasey (UR 29th); 2017 Pleasant Company (9th)

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