The eight-year-old has landed two big handicaps since joining connections
The progressive Total Recall is now among the market principles for the Grand National in April following his Newbury victory on Saturday. His win in the Ladbrokes Trophy catapulted him into as short as 16/1 joint favourite with some bookmakers with 25/1 the standout price.
Total Recall gets up to win a thrilling Ladbrokes Trophy in the last 20yards! Watch LIVE on @ITV pic.twitter.com/ZFtU8XCETY— ITV Racing (@itvracing) December 2, 2017
The former Sandra Hughes trained-gelding joined the Mullins yard at the start of the season and was an impressive winner of the Munster National on his first start for the Champion Trainer back in October. Saturday’s performance was another huge jump in performance and all the indications are there is still more improvement to come.
28.07% of all Grand National bets this weekend have been for the Ladbrokes Trophy winner, clear of long-term favourite Blaklion with 19.3%
Others to enter the National equation this weekend were Ladbrokes Trophy second Whisper who has been priced up at 33/1. Fairyhouse handicap winner Presenting Percy was impressive over the 3m5f trip and is also a 33/1 shot. Whilst Nicky Henderson’s progressive stayer Beware The Bear also caught the eye as he landed a Listed handicap chase at Newcastle and is another to be added to the market at 33’s.
Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek: "Backing the winner of the Grand National is hard enough when the field is confirmed, so it would be some touch to pick the winner in December. Willie Mullins is a master at placing his horses though and, goven that rumours that Total Recall will be aimed for Aintree, it is no shock to see punters getting on the Ladbrokes Trophy winner."