Options aplenty for Agusta Gold

Trainer Mags Mullins says Agusta Gold could run in the Irish Grand National or head to the Cheltenham Festival following her victory at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

The eight-year-old mare was making her seasonal reappearance at the Irish course, but she showed no signs of rust as she triumphed in the Grade 3 John & Chich Fowler Memorial EBF Mares Chase.

Mullins was pleased to see Agusta Gold was on top form, particularly as she had dropped down a mile in trip from her most recent run at Punchestown back in February.

“She was brilliant, she’s very good and has been very consistent all through her career,” Mullins was quoted as saying by Racing TV. “I think she needed the run yesterday. We were just hoping she put in a clear round and ran a nice race, so it was great.

There are plenty of possibilities now open to Agusta Gold, with Mullins confirming she is considering sending the mare back to Fairyhouse for the Irish Grand National or there is also the option of a trip across to Britain for the Cheltenham Festival in March.

“The Irish National is an option, I’ll talk to the lads who own her with me and then we’ll plan. She’s come out of the race well,” Mullins added. “There’s the Trial for the National she was second in last season or even the new mares’ race at Cheltenham could be another one. She’s very versatile when it comes to trip.”

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