Max Dynamite was an emphatic winner of last year’s Lonsdale Cup at York
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Keith Melrose 7:00aM 16 JUN 2016
THE British jumps trainers’ title is not the only narrow miss of Willie Mullins training career to now. On the Flat, he has come remarkably close to winning both the Gold Cup and Melbourne Cup.
On Thursday, the horse that so nearly brought Mullins glory at Flemington bids to win the race Simenon came within a neck of taking back to Closutton three years ago.
Max Dynamite is the latest Mullins hurdler turned smart Flat stayer and he is regarded by the betting as the main challenger to Order Of St George in the Gold Cup, based on what was perhaps an unlucky half-length second to Prince Of Penaznce in Melbourne.
Mullins told the Racing Post: “He was disappointing at Sandown [third of four to Pallasator] allowing for it being his first run since Melbourne and he will need to run a lot better if he is to get involved in the finish.”
The furthest Max Dynamite has ever gone before is 2m1f, when he was fourth in the 2015 County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. Mullins himself does not know whether he will stay the Gold Cup’s unique 2m4f, but he is hopeful.
“The trip is the great unknown but it’s the same story for his rivals,” he said. “I think he has every chance of getting the distance. The ground shouldn’t inconvenience him.”