Melon’s display leaves Willie Mullins scratching his head

Champion Hurdle runner-up was well beaten

  • Sunday 03 February
  • News
Get £20 in free bets

Willie Mullins is at a loss to explain Melon’s two disappointing runs this season.

Beaten just a neck in the Champion Hurdle by Buveur D’Air last March, he was only fourth on his comeback behind stablemate Sharjah at Christmas but was over 20 lengths behind Apple’s Jade at Leopardstown on Saturday.

“He was disappointing. He was never going and I can’t find anything wrong with him. That’s two bad runs now for no apparent reason,” said Mullins.

“We’ve changed a lot of things with him at home and worked him differently.

“I wonder at this stage does he need to go out in trip or is he looking for a fence.

“I think he’s still not in form. His homework looks good but his racetrack work doesn’t. Maybe it’s ground, maybe he’s better on much softer, we’ll see.

“He ran a cracker at Cheltenham last year but I don’t think we’ve had him back to that on the racetrack.

“We thought he was working really well at home but he’s gone out and disappointed really badly.

“The mare (Apple’s Jade) was fantastic. We could have run a lot better and still been behind the mare. It would have been hard to beat her even if we were right. She was very very good.”

System.Xml.XmlElement?.InnerText
Sign up to bet365
Up to £30 in free bets
Get £20 in free bets
Bet £10, Get £40
Up to £30 in free bets
Up to £30 in free bets
Up to £50 in bonus funds
Up to £30 in free bets & 30 free spins
Up to £50 in free bets
Free matched bet up to £50

Existing User?

Forgot your password?

New User?

Sign up using our simple one-page form and you'll be able to access free video form, tips and exclusive content straight away.