Gallant Oscar jumps the last ahead in the Leinster National Handicap ChasePICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Super sub Mullins steers Oscar to an easy victory
Report: Naas, Sunday
Woodlands Park 100 Club Leinster National Handicap Chase 3m, 5yo+
GALLANT OSCAR provided substitute rider Danny Mullins with a comfortable ride as the pair ran out easy winners of the Leinster National on Sunday.
Mullins had stepped in for the ride on the Tony Martin-trained eight-year-old after Paul Carberry had injured his ankle in a fall from Mullaghanoe River earlier in the day.
As it turned out, Mullins could not have asked for a simpler ride as Gallant Oscar travelled powerfully before taking the lead at the last fence.
Gallant Oscar was nudged out in the closing yards to take the victory and provide his jockey with a big confidence boost before his ride on Our Conor in the Stan James Champion Hurdle next week. Saoirse Dun was second and favourite Los Amigos third.
Martin said: "It was great. We got him prior to Christmas and he won a nice hurdle race at Navan. He jumps exceptionally well and he was always jumped well and travelling well in behind them today. When Danny pressed the button, there was plenty there.
"I have had him since October time and it took us a long time to figure him out but I think we have cracked the code now. Three miles on deep ground is his forte. He loves jumping. Any of those long distance staying races on deep ground will suit him."