BELLSHILL MAKES WINNING RETURN
26 February 2018
BELLSHILL (IRE) made a winning return
to action on Saturday when he landed the Grade 3 Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse. After
almost a year on the side lines, the Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old was sent
off the 8/13 favourite. Under jockey David Mullins he travelled and jumped well
throughout the race, ridden from two out he dug deep and found plenty to come home
four-and –three-quarter-lengths ahead of A Genie In A Bottle (IRE).
The Andrea and Graham Wylie-owned
bay holds an entry to a number of big handicaps but the Irish Grand National at
Fairyhouse looks like the target as Willie Mullins said after the race “Coming
back here to Fairyhouse might be the thing to do on a track that he's shown
that he's really at home on.”
The Frank Motherway-bred gelding
is a son of the late Kings Theatre (IRE) out of a daughter to a Listed
performer. He is a full brother to two winners including four-time winner and
point-to-point graduate Foxbridge (IRE). Multiple Grade 1 winner over fences
One Man (IRE) appears in the extended family.
BELLSHILL (IRE) was sold by
Yellowford Farm to Ian Ferguson at Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale in
2010 for €21,000.