Options open for Fairyhouse victor Agusta Gold

Mags Mullins has plenty of options for Agusta Gold, who gained an overdue success at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

The mare was making her seasonal return in a Grade Three event over two miles and five furlongs, having last been seen over a mile further at Punchestown last February.

The drop in trip mattered little, though, as Agusta Gold battled gamely close home to register a fifth career success to go with 13 other placed efforts.

“She was brilliant, she’s very good and has been very consistent all through her career,” said Mullins.

“We were a little worried it was her first run, but were more worried about Willie’s (Mullins’ Salsaretta, beaten favourite), as you’ve always got to be worried about his haven’t you.

“I think she needed the run yesterday. We were just hoping she put in a clear round and ran a nice race, so it was great.

“She was back down a mile in trip which was against her, but she did it well. She brought herself into it – I was delighted with her.

“The Irish National is an option, I’ll talk to the lads who own her with me and then we’ll plan. She’s come out of the race well.

“There’s the Trial for the National she was second in last season or even the new mares’ race at Cheltenham could be another one. She’s very versatile when it comes to trip.”

Agusta strikes Fairyhouse gold

Agusta Gold gained a deserved success in the John & Chich Fowler Memorial EBF Mares Chase at Fairyhouse.

The Mags Mullins-trained eight-year-old has built up an extraordinarily consistent record over the years, having only finished out of the first three once in 18 outings before this, when fourth on her hurdling debut.

However, she had only managed to get her head in front on four occasions, which for a mare with her ability did not really do her justice.

Sent off 10-1 on her first run of the season against some smart opposition despite the late defection of Shattered Love, Danny Mullins was happy to take a lead from Cabaret Queen.

Paul Townend was stalking on odds-on favourite Salsaretta, but she was treading water before the turn into the straight.

As Cabaret Queen gave way Moyhenna was the big danger and possibly got in front after the last, but Agusta Gold dug deep to win by half a length to claim the Grade Three feature.

Paddy Power introduced the first two into the betting at 20-1 for the new mares’ chase at Cheltenham.

“It was a good performance. We thought that she might need the run, on her first run back in a competitive race like that,” said Danny Mullins.

Jockey Danny Mullins with Agusta Gold (right) after winning the John & Chich Fowler Memorial EBF Mares Chase race at Fairyhouse Racecourse (Niall Carson/PA Wire)
Danny Mullins with Agusta Gold

“She was very solid last year, and tough. This kind of track and big fences seems to suit her so hopefully we’ll have a crack at some of those good staying chases through the spring. She’s a mare going the right way.

“She was a Grade B winner over hurdles and graded-placed last year so to get the graded win over fences is great.

“The Irish National was the plan last year, but it got cut short. Hopefully that could be the plan again.”