Livelovelaugh recorded a snuggly success in the Topham Chase at the 2021 Grand National Festival under Patrick Mullins a week ago today.
The 11-year-old had not won since a beginners chase at Cork in January 2018, but made the most of his first run over the National fences to see off 33-1 shot Pink Eyed Pedro.
It would prove to be handler Willie Mullins’ only winner at Aintree this year.
His handler told Racing TV: “It was amazing. I’m just absolutely over the moon. I’m delighted Rich Ricci let Patrick have the ride and I’m delighted for Patrick. I’m delighted for everyone in the stable. A really big thank you has to go to Rich though.
“It was nerve racking, but wonderful at the same time. Once he got over the last you could see he had a little bit in hand. It was just something else. That was Plan A to be very prominent.
“With all the false starts I thought it might just mess things around but Plan A went to plan. The plan was to let him get out there jumping the fences and see where he found himself.