Neil Mulholland

    Rising star, Neil Mulholland posted more than a hundred winners for the first time last season and with a strong team of established chasers as well as many up and coming youngsters, he will be looking to improve on that again this season.
  • Tuesday 14 November 2017
  • Stable Tours

NEIL MULHOLLAND had a season to remember in 2016-17 when he passed the century mark for a first time with 108 winners and notched up £849,444 in prize money and it was indicative of his progress through the training ranks as he swamped his previous personal best of 60 winners in 2015-16. 

Mulholland has attracted the patronage of some of the bigger names in the owning ranks with JP McManus, Robert Waley-Cohen and Roger Brookhouse amongst his clientele and that can only augur well for another season where the target always remains to better last season’s tally.

Carole’s Destrier will soon be looking to make a splash in the Ladbrokes Trophy in which he finished second last year under the more familiar guise as the Hennessy and the The Druids Nephew and The Young Master will be looking to some of the bigger handicap chase in which to display their talents.

However, long term it will be the young talent to which Mulholland will be looking to keep his name in lights along with some unexposed individuals in Dead Right, Espoir De Teillee and Tikkanar, that he hopes could be household names in the coming seasons.

Based in Limpley Stoke, near Bath, Mulholland said: “We did have a quiet start but things are kicking again and we recently had doubles at Chepstow and Sedgefield and the horses are in good form.”

Neil has already has 32 winners to date and he kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about his hopes as the Jumps seasons get into overdrive.

All Horses

Bishops Court

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 19 starts and currently rated 130 over fences. Completed a four timer last season when beating Dance Floor King two lengths in a handicap chase at Wincanton (2m 4f) in February off a mark of 126. Unplaced to Orbasa on his reappearance at Wincanton (2m 4f) last month off a mark of 132.

Trainer Says:

He made a promising reappearance at Wincanton and is quite a buzzy horse and you can’t do too much with him at home. It is all about confidence with him and that why he improved last year. He travelled well up the home straight at Wincanton under topweight and he will go to Kempton in a couple of weeks time.

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Burns Cross

  • 5 b g Mahler – Strokestown Queen
Form Profile:

Winner of his only point-to-point in Ireland in April.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely big horse who won his point-to-point first time out. He will make a lovely chaser and he has been schooling well over hurdles. Hopefully, he will turn into a nice staying horse in time.

Carole's Destrier

Form Profile:

Winner of six of his 23 starts and currently rated 154 over fences. Beaten only half a length by Native River on his reappearance in the Grade 3 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury (3m 2f) in November of last year off a mark of 148.

Trainer Says:

He will go straight for the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and he had a racecourse gallop last week in preparation for that race. He is very good and finished second in the Hennessy last season when having his first run of the season. We are going to do the same again this year and long term we are looking at the Grand National for him.

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Carole's Vigilante (IRE)

Form Profile:

Runner-up, beaten two lengths, to Three Ways in a bumper at Carlisle in November 2015.

Trainer Says:

He had a year off and had a few niggly problems. He is back now and galloping well and he will go novice hurdling.

Cesar Et Rosalie (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 9 races and currently rated 120 over hurdles. Finished runner-up, beaten two and a half lengths, to Wynford in a handicap hurdle at Bangor (2m 3 1./2f) in August on last start off a mark of 120.

Trainer Says:

He ran in the first race at Sandown on Sunday but there was no pace in the race and that didn’t suit him – he probably wants a bit of nice ground which is why we ran him in the first race. He hasn’t done anything wrong and keeps improving. He has got a bit stronger for his break and he should improve for his run at Sandown.

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Chirico Vallis (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 10 starts and currently rated 133 over fences and hurdles. Heavily odds-on when beating Manwell eight lengths on his debut for the stable in a novices’ chase at Southwell (1m 7 1/2f) this month.

Trainer Says:

He won at Southwell on his first run for us. He jumped very well and he will probably go for another novice chase.

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Clondaw Cracker (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 3 starts. Successful in a Warwick bumper in April 2016.

Trainer Says:

He was a bit frustrating last year after a good bumper win the year before. I think he is in better health and in a better place this year and he did a nice gallop during last week.

Dandolo De Gite

  • 4 b g Khalkevi – Lavande D’Eproniere
Form Profile:

Runner-up in an Irish point-to-point in February.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely big horse who finished second in his point-to-point. He is a bit like Burns Cross and a nice young horse coming through and he will probably go novice hurdling.

Dead Right (GB)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Alflora - April Queen (Midnight Legend)
  • Trained by: N P Mulholland
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 27 Apr 2017 19:45
  • Result: Won/7, tracked leaders, pushed along briefly on outer under 5f out, pushed along again approaching straight, soon challenged and on terms, led under 2f out, edged left inside final furlong and stayed on well
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Form Profile:

Winner of a valuable bumper at Punchestown in April by four and a half lengths from Next Destination.

Trainer Says:

He won the winners’ bumper at the Punchestown Festival and he will probably be a horse to go novice hurdling with from Christmas onwards. He has done well during the Summer and has schooled nicely.

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Dieg Man

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 6 starts in France. Landed handicap hurdle at Auteuil (2m 2f) in June.

Trainer Says:

He came from France and is one of JP’s (McManus). He is a novice and did a nice gallop during the week and is a nice horse to have in the yard.

Doing Fine (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 20 starts and currently rated 137. Finished third, beaten five and three quarter lengths, to Cogry at Cheltenham (3m 1f) last month on his latest start off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He’s a very genuine horse who will be a Scottish National horse in the long term. If the ground is nice at Cheltenham this weekend he could run there.

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Espoir De Teillee (FR)

Form Profile:

Successful in his second bumper at Ffos Las in March.

Trainer Says:

He won a decent bumper at Ffos Las last time out and has been schooling well over hurdles. He has strengthened over the Summer and is an exciting horse who will be out in the next three weeks.

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Fingerontheswitch (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 20 starts and rated 122 over fences and 127 over hurdles. Finished runner-up, beaten eight lengths, to the odds-on Prime Venture in a handicap hurdle at Ffos Las (3m) on Sunday off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He has been a little frustrating but he ran a very encouraging race when switched to hurdles at Ffos Las on Sunday. Hopefully, that will do him the world of good and he will have an entry in one of those Final races at Haydock later in the month.

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Impulsive Star (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 6 starts and currently rated 139 over hurdles. Last win when beating Rocklander three and a half lengths in a Pertemps Qualifier at Exeter (2m 7f) in February of a mark of 130.

Trainer Says:

He is owned by the Waley-Cohen’s and the long term plan will probably be the four miler at Cheltenham. He's had a good novice hurdle campaign winning several times and we are looking forward to running him over fences.

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Indian Stream

Form Profile:

Winner of seven of her 21 starts and rated 146 over fences and 152 over hurdles. Finished unplaced to Rock The Kasbah on her reappearance at Chepstow (2m 7 1/2f) in October off a mark of 148.

Trainer Says:

She had a great year last year when winning a graded race over fences and finishing fourth the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. We will probably do the same again this year with her.

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Kalondra (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 17 starts and currently rated 147. Winner of a novice chase by two and a quarter lengths from Ballycrystal at Sedgefield (2m 3 1/2f) in October and respectable effort in a Grade 2 event at Wincanton (2m 4f) on Saturday when runner-up, beaten nine lengths, to Modus.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice horse who was rated 147 over hurdles and he is making up into a very exciting chaser. He won well at Sedgfield and ran a very good race at Wincanton on Saturday. Hopefully, he will make up into a JLT horse or something similar.

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Knight Of Noir (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Winged Love - At Dawn (Lashkari)
  • Trained by: N P Mulholland
  • Last Race: Chepstow, 31 Oct 2017 15:25
  • Result: Won/7, jumped well, led, jumped slowly 3rd, headed next, led again 6th, joined when left with advantage 4 out, stayed on strongly
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Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 20 starts and rated 140 over fences and 147 over hurdles. Off the mark over fences at Chepstow (2m 7 1/2f) when beating Duel At Dawn three and a half lengths.

Trainer Says:

He has done very well and I was delighted to win a chase with him at Chepstow on his latest start. He has now won over hurdles and fences for us and he has sweetened up well. He will probably have a small break now and then we will get him out later in the season. He is a good ground horse.

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Minella Present (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Presenting - Dabaya (In The Wings)
  • Trained by: N P Mulholland
  • Last Race: Uttoxeter, 29 May 2016 16:20
  • Result: Won/13, mid-division, dropped towards rear 9th, headway after 4 out, ridden after 2 out, stayed on strongly flat, led towards finish
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Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 16 starts and currently rated 134 over fences. Last win in a handicap chase at Uttoxeter (2m 4f) in May when beating Such A Legend a length off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He is entered for the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham this weekend and it depends what the ground is like. He has had problems in the past but he is ready to go now.

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Most Celebrated (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 7 races over hurdles and currently rated 129. Last success at Plumpton (2m) in April when scoring by three quarters of a length from East Indies.

Trainer Says:

He ran at Sandown on Sunday and unfortunately fell three out before he had been asked for his effort. He is a horse that travels very very well and we will see how he is and he could be running in those better two mile handicap hurdles.

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Pilgrims Bay (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 18 starts and currently rated 137 over fences. Respectable effort when sixth, beaten 18 ½ lengths, to Present Man in the Listed Badge Ale Chase at Wincanton (3m 1f) on Saturday off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He made a promising reappearance at Wincanton on Saturday when sixth to Present Man and he could go for the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury if he gets in.

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Shantou Village (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Shantou - Village Queen (King's Theatre)
  • Trained by: N P Mulholland
  • Last Race: Aintree, 29 Oct 2017 15:00
  • Result: PU/12, towards rear, headway into mid-division after 8th, outpaced 4 out, soon beaten, behind when pulled up before last
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Form Profile:

Winner of seven of his 11 starts and currently rated 148 over fences. Successful in four of his five chases last season (fell in the other) and ended the campaign with a neck victory from Brother Tedd at Sandown (2m 4f) in April off a mark of 146. Pulled up in the Old Roan Chase won by Smad Place on his reappearance at Aintree (2m 4f) in October.

Trainer Says:

It all happened too quickly for him at Aintree first time out and he found the track too sharp for him. We will be stepping him up to three miles as he has just got a bit slower.

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Solighoster (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 7 starts and currently rated 133 over hurdles. Gained his last success over hurdles when beating Land Legend 14 lengths in a novices’ hurdle at Towcester (1m 7 1/2f) in February. Made a successful chasing bow at Ffos Las (3m) on Sunday when beating Joe Farrell 14 lengths.

Trainer Says:

He is a horse who had a good season last year and is rated 133 over hurdles. We stepped him up to three miles for his chasing debut at Ffos Las on Sunday and he did really well. We were delighted with his performance and it gives plenty to think about for the future.

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Solomn Grundy (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 11 starts and currently rated 130 over fences. Finished sixth, beaten 19 ½ lengths, to Mister Whitaker on his latest start in a novices’ handicap chase at Carlisle (2m 4f) this month.

Trainer Says:

He ran a nice race at Carlisle and over two and a half miles and is going the right way but has just needed a couple of runs to get the hang of it. He should improve further with experience and can find a similar sort of race in due course.

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Soupy Soups (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 11 starts and currently rated 134 over hurdles and 129 over fences. Well beaten on his chasing bow at Huntingdon (2m 7 1/2f) in October. Had previously scored by 17 lengths from Thisonetime in a novices’ hurdle at Sedgefield (2m 4f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He is entered in a novice handicap chase at Exeter on Wednesday. He ran around Huntingdon in October where he got a bit of a fright and it happened a bit too quick for him. We are going to Exeter where it is a more galloping track and, hopefully, he can get back to his competitive best.

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Southfield Royale

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 16 starts and currently rated 138. Pulled up after three out in the Badger Ale Chase won by Present Man at Wincanton (3m 1f) on Saturday.

Trainer Says:

We had a tough season with him last year trying to keep him right but we had a great run up to the Badger Ale Chase and he looked great. He ran well for a long way before tiring on the soft ground and hopefully he can step up on this effort as the season progresses.

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The Druids Nephew (IRE)

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: King's Theatre - Gifted (Shareef Dancer)
  • Trained by: N P Mulholland
  • Last Race: Sandown, 29 Apr 2017 15:35
  • Result: 8/13, towards rear, headway into mid-division 12th, chased leaders 3 out, ridden after next, one pace when not much room flat, no extra
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Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 27 starts and currently rated 143 over fences. Finished eighth, beaten only two and three quarter lengths, to Henllan Harri when last seen out in the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown (3m 5f) in April off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He is just having a quiet time at the moment but he will be back, hopefully, for the Cheltenham Festival for the Ultima Handicap Chase which he won a couple of years ago and then the Bet365 at Sandown.

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The Young Master

Form Profile:

Winner of nine of his 36 starts and currently rated 145 over fences. Unseated his rider at the 5th when in touch in the Sodexo Gold Cup at Ascot (3m) this month.

Trainer Says:

He will go for the Becher Chase at Aintree early next month. He had a run at Ascot the other day where he unseated but he is fine after that. We are going to give him another crack over the Grand National fences and the National would definitely be in the plans.

Tikkanbar (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Tikkanen - Fields Of Barley (Zaffaran)
  • Trained by: N P Mulholland
  • Last Race: Plumpton, 20 Nov 2017 13:10
  • Result: Won/8, chased leader, pecked 1st, led next, made rest, clear when hit 3 out, well in command when hung left after 2 out, easily
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Form Profile:

Winner of two of his four bumpers. Successful at Hereford in February and Sedgefield in March.

Trainer Says:

He won two bumpers for us last season and was only beaten ten lengths in a Grade 2 bumper at Aintree where he just got a bit too buzzy. Tom Scudamore schooled him last week and he jumped well and we are very happy with him.

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