Spider Web given Troytown target

Tom Mullins eyeing another big prize

  • Sunday 28 October
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Munster National hero Spider Web is likely to go in search of further big-race honours in the Troytown Chase at Navan on November 25.

Trained by Tom Mullins, the JP McManus-owned seven-year-old rattled home after the final fence at Limerick to get up and beat 40-1 outsider Na Trachtalai Abu on the line.

Mullins reports his charge to have taken those exertions well and hopes the handicapper has not caught up with him just yet.

“He came out of the race great. He’s very fresh and well and the plan is to go for the Troytown,” said the Doninga-based trainer.

“He went up 8lb for winning in Limerick, but I suppose you can’t blame the handicapper for that when he’s won a 100,000 euro race.

“We’ll stick to three miles for the time being and hopefully he’s still on a mark he’s capable of winning off.”

While lacking the strength in depth at the disposal of his brother Willie, as a multiple Grade One and Cheltenham Festival-winning trainer Mullins has proved he is more than capable of getting the job done given the ammunition.

Assessing the rest of his string, Mullins added: “I have a couple of nice three-year-old hurdlers and a couple of nice bumper horses, but I think Spider Web would be the stable star at the moment.

“Court Maid is a good mare who won nicely the other day. Hopefully she might be able to win another couple of mares’ races before Willie brings his battalions out.

“Hopefully she might be good enough to mix it with some of Willie’s mares, but when he starts bringing them out they tend to be very hard to beat.”

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