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'This is what it's all about' | Danny Mullins on Flooring Porter magic

Danny Mullins said it was a special moment to win the Stayers Hurdle with Flooring Porter on St. Pat...
Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

8:33 PM - 17 Mar 2022



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'This is what it's all about' | Danny Mullins on Flooring Porter magic

Ann-Marie Donelan
Ann-Marie Donelan

8:33 PM - 17 Mar 2022



Danny Mullins said it was a special moment to win the Stayers Hurdle with Flooring Porter on St. Patrick's Day at Cheltenham.

Mullins was on board the Gavin Cromwell trained seven-year-old to retain his crown in the feature race on Thursday.

Flooring Porter, who is owned by a Galway-Roscommon based syndicate, won this race in front of empty stands 12 months ago.

There were scenes of wild jubilation in the winners enclosure after he retained his title this week.

Mullins said it was one of the best receptions he has ever received.

"It's a fantastic day.

"Flooring Porter - great little horse, big performance to win at this stage and the reception we got afterward was fantastic.

"These are the days it's all about, to win at Cheltenham is what it's all about.

"For the syndicate to be here and enjoy it this year, they really got to enjoy that and that's as good a reception as you'll see after a race.

"For the lads to be able to buy a horse like him and mix it with the best is what racing is all about and it's fantastic to see it."

In terms of the race the ride by Mullins was one of the best and most intelligent yet at the festival.

He led pretty much from the off and timed the win to perfection.

He was delighted with the performance but paid special homage to the horse, saying he's a special one.

"Everything went fairly straight-forward, got away handy, kept jumping all the way and galloped out strongly.

"Even the first circuit I knew I was a couple of lengths clear down the back straight and we went on a strong gallop, i got to stack up and let him roll again.

"Getting to the furlong pole with a lot of petrol left at Cheltenham, it's a special feeling.

"You need a good horse underneath you to be doing that."

It was a good St. Patrick's Day all round for the Irish at Cheltenham.

It was a case of more of the same too in the Ryanair Chase where the Willie Mullins trained Allaho retained his crown.

Paul Townend guided the 4/7 odds on favourite home ahead of stablemate Janidil and Eldorado Allen.

And Rachael Blackmore was on board the Henry De Bromhead trained Bob Olinger to win the Turners Novices Chase.



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