Mullins delight as he lands top rides at Ascot on Saturday

David Mullins: Grand National-winning jockey has bagged some big rides

PICTURE: Getty Images Mullins delight as he lands top rides in Britain By David Jennings 7:45AM 16 DEC 2016

DAVID MULLINS is a man in demand. Gigginstown like him, as does his uncle Willie, and now Nicky Henderson and Nick Williams have joined the fan club as the 20-year-old has been booked to ride Reve De Sivola and Brain Power at Ascot on Saturday.


Reve De Sivola is a three-time winner of the JLT Long Walk Hurdle, twice under Richard Johnson and most recently in the hands of Daryl Jacob in 2014, but Mullins will be on board for the first time on Saturday and the Grand National-winning rider is hugely excited about the prospect.

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"It's brilliant news," Mullins told the Racing Post on Thursday. "Fair play to my agent Ciaran [O'Toole], who has done a super job in getting me those rides. Reve De Sivola has farmed the race in recent years and obviously loves Ascot. He's been some servant over the years and I'm privileged to be getting the opportunity to ride him.

"To be riding a horse like Reve De Sivola in a Grade 1 on a big Saturday in England is just magic. I can't wait."

Reve De Sivola can be backed at 14-1 to win the Long Walk for a fourth time, while Unowhatimeanharry, who is unbeaten in six starts for Harry Fry, heads the betting at 6-4.

Maturing nicely

Mullins has not sat on Reve De Sivola before but he has been aboard Brain Power, having finished third when partnering him in the Grade 1 Herald Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown festival last April.

Mullins, who rides the Nicky Henderson-trained five-year-old in the valuable Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle, said: "I like Brain Power. He gave me a lovely feel at Punchestown when I was third in the Grade 1 and I liked the way he got the job done at Sandown last time.

"He's getting the hang of things and maturing nicely. Hopefully, he will be suited by the race and I'm really looking forward to getting back on him."

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