Trainer Michael Mullineaux chasing glory and sausages in historic Newmarket race
The historic Newmarket Town Plate provides a unique test for a field of riders from all walks of life, and among them on Saturday will be dual-purpose trainer Michael Mullineaux.
He may be the most experienced rider in the line-up for the 349th running of the race, but Mullineaux is no back number, having finished third last year in the test over three miles and six furlongs that starts on land owned by the National Stud and finishes up on the July course.
"It should be a good craic," Mullineaux said on Friday. "I'm back again and riding Vent De Force. He's won a Group 3 in his time and I think he'll stay the trip. I'll see if I can outflank them. The ground should suit."
Should he get in the places again Mullineaux is hoping to at least sample the fruits of his efforts, as he missed out last year on the sausages made by local producer Powters, who are one of the sponsors of the race and offer their wares as prizes.
"Before I got home they were all gone," recalled Mullineaux. "It's a pretty competitive race again so if I can snatch a place again it would be nice. This will be my third time riding in it. I ride out every day and enjoy it."
Last year's winner, former international showjumper Tim Gredley, is back for more, along with an eclectic cast including bookmaker Patrick Chesters and driving instructor Phil Lutman.
The 12 plucky amateur riders will tackle the course at 5.45pm, shortly before live music at the track, with The Vamps taking to the stage.
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