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Legendary Irish jumps trainer Willie Mullins staged a farewell function today for Al Boum Photo and Melon.

He paid tribute, “Fantastic horses for Marie & Joe Donnelly and our yard. Al Boum Photo gave us two Cheltenham Gold Cups, which was very special, and Melon was such a consistent performer. We wish them all the best in their new eventing careers.”

If there was a vote for best Cheltenham Festival Horse to never win there Melon would be a contender as he finished second in Grade 1 events four times in succession from 2017 to 2020. 

Picture credit: Willie Mullins Twitter