Neil Mulholland joined Paddy Brennan, Mark Pearson and Tom Lee on the sofa during Betfred’s Cheltenham preview evening and he revealed plenty about his main hopes for the week.
Away from Shantou Village, who looks arguably his strongest chance of all as mentioned here, Mulholland has a number of interesting runners in a range of handicaps.
Firstly, he saddles both The Young Master and Carole’s Destrier in the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap on Tuesday and after winning the race last year with The Druids Nephew, he knows exactly what it takes to land the spoils.
There was real interest in trying to get Mulholland to reveal which charge had a potentially leading chance on Tuesday but the trainer said it was hard to split them.
He said: “I don’t think there’s anything between them[The Young Master and Carole’s Destrier]. One thing both horses have proven is that they’re gutsy.
“The Young Master has gotten up the hill but I wouldn’t have a worry about Carole’s Destrier getting up it.”
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Mulholland also saddles the intriguing Harley Rebel, who caused quite the impression when running out at a comfortable winner this weekend.
He looks set for a chance in the Fred Winter later this week and Tom Lee was keen to find out the chances from trainer, Neil Mulholland.
Mulholland said: “Obviously it has been the plan, that race [Fred Winter] was always going to the race.
“I would rather not win the race yesterday and get into the Fred Winter with 5lb less but we had to go and win yesterday to get him 5lb more to get him in.
“Neil didn’t hit him, he’s been out on the grass all day, he’s very fresh and well. If he can hang on in there, he’ll go well.”
Harley Rebel is currently 16/1 for the Fred Winter with Betfred, the same price for Mulholland’s Arkle-contended Baltimore Rock in the without Douvan market.
Douvan is many backers’ idea of a ‘banker’ for this week after such glowing reports from trainer Willie Mullins but if you don’t fancy taking the 2/5 for Douvan, then Mulholland feels Baltimore Rock could be of interest.
“We do feel as though he [Baltimore Rock] has improved a lot since his run at Chepstow.
“He’s settled into the yard now and we’ll be hopeful of picking up some prize money at least.”
If you’re keen on following Mulholland then Baltimore Rock is 66/1 for the outright market or 16/1 in the without Douvan market.
Odds subject to change.