Acapella makes Mullins switch

Acapella Bourgeois is on the move

Acapella Bourgeois will be trained by Willie Mullins following Sandra Hughes' decision to retire.

Hughes has handled the smart chaser for the last two seasons, during which time he graduated from two Grade Two wins over hurdles to score at the same level over fences.

However, last month Hughes announced she would cease training within the coming weeks, leaving the Slaneyville Syndicate, which owns Acapella Bourgeois, to find a new handler for him and two other horses, Total Recall and Dolciano Dici.

Lar Byrne, who owned the great Hardy Eustace, is head of Slaneyville Syndicate and confirmed Mullins will now house their runners.

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He told the Irish Independent: "It is sad that Sandra is calling time but it reflects that it is a tough game for so many trainers.

"After her father, Dessie, passed away, it was brave of Sandra to take over.

"I sent Dessie a horse for the first time in 1991 and we enjoyed success together from 1993 onwards.

"Dessie and his family became close friends of mine and the Hardy Eustace days were something else. It was a golden era for Irish racing.

"And when Acapella Bourgeois ran in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham this year, I was buzzing like I was back then."

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