Mullins living Americo dream

  • Last Updated: January 20 2013, 10:49 GMT

Trainer Seamus Mullins is confident Romeo Americo will pick up a decent race after belying odds of 100-1 to finish second in the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton.

Romeo Americo (l) chasing home Oscara Dara at Kempton
Romeo Americo (l) chasing home Oscara Dara at Kempton

The six-year-old was the rank outsider for the prestigious handicap but beat all bar the Nicky Henderson-trained Oscara Dara.

"I went there thinking the horse had a genuine each-way chance," said Mullins.

"He disappointed us the time before at Wincanton, but that was over two miles and it was a bit too sharp for him.

"I don't think he'll go to Cheltenham as it's so competitive these days - he probably wouldn't even get in a race like the Coral Cup off a mark of 130.

"There is a two-mile-six-furlong race at Sandown in early February, we'll probably look at that, and there are races at Ascot and Haydock later on for him.

"He's a decent little horse and hopefully he'll pick up a decent prize somewhere along the line."

Mullins also had news of Anteros, who made a most impressive racecourse debut at Chepstow earlier in the month.

"He is a nice little horse and he'd been showing us plenty at home," said the Wiltshire handler.

"His next engagement is the Cheltenham sales on January 26, but if he doesn't sell there for whatever reason, I would be keen to let him run in the Champion Bumper.

"He'd be long odds for a race like that as there will be some classy horses in it, but I would doubt if there are any tougher.

"He's a real streetfighter."

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