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Talking Horses: Willie Mullins can lift Chester Cup with Whiskey Sour

Willie Mullins’ gelding is impressively consistent, a former Grade One winner over hurdles and has been in fine form already this spring

It has been a wet and chilly week at Chester thus far, but the forecast is marginally better for the final day of the May meeting when the Chester Cup, one of the most popular and historic betting events of the entire Flat season, will take centre stage.

Horses have been pounding several times around the Roodee in pursuit of this prize since 1824, when Doge Of Venice took the spoils less than 30 years after the last Doge relinquished his authority to Napoleon. Many great stayers have come home in front, including Brown Jack in 1931 and Sea Pigeon, one of nine dual winners, in 1977 and 1978, and this year’s race is very much up to standard with Austrian School, an impressive winner at Musselburgh last time, heading the market at 4-1.

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