Upping the Ante: Elliott and Mullins face off on the Punchestown battlefield

Upping the Ante: Elliott and Mullins face off on the Punchestown battlefield
Punchestown festival is coming up Pic: Getty

As Willie Mullins strives to overtake Gordon Elliott at this week’s festival, can he draw inspiration from - of all people - Stalin?

‘Comrades, it is in strenuous circumstances that we are today celebrating the 24th anniversary of the October Revolution. The perfidious attack of the German brigands and the war which has been forced upon us have created a threat to our country. The war you are waging is a war of liberation, a just war. Let the manly images of our great ancestors – Aleksandr Nevsky, Dmitri Donskoy, Kuzma Minin, Dmitri Pozharsky, Aleksandr Suvorov and Mikhail Kutuzov – inspire you in this war!”

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