NEIL MULHOLLAND is one of the rapid risers through the training ranks and his total of 67 winners so far this term sees him flash past last season total of 60 winners with over £507,000 in prize money already in the bag.
He has just a little way to go to better last season's total of £637,619 but that was due in part to the exploits of the well-established The Young Master who gave his trainer his biggest success to date when taking the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown on the final day of the season.
The likes of Carole's Destrier, Southfield Royale, Shantou Village and The Druid's Nephew will all be on display again and he has plenty of unexposed ammunition in the bumper division that could pave Mulholland's way to further gold.
Neil kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can continue to fly the flag for his Limpley Stoke team.
6 gr g Lord Du Sud - Kissmirial
149 rated chaser. Scored by 16 lengths from Oscar Sunset in a beginners chase at Exeter (2m 3f) in January when trained by Harry Fry.
"He is a nice horse - we bought him at the Sales at Doncaster. He looks well and is in good order and will probably run at the middle to the end of January."
5 b g Mythical Kid - English Clover
Winner of one of his four outing under Rules winning a bumper at Fontwell in February. Fell at last when holding second place in a maiden hurdle won by Argante at Fakenham (2m 4f) on Sunday.
"He won his bumper at Fontwell earlier in the year and ran a bit gassy and took a fall at Warwick first time out. He was a bit keen at Fakenham on Sunday and fell again when he would have finished second and he should be winning races in the next couple of months."
7 b g Tiger Hill - La Vita E Bella
144 rated chaser. Landed a novices limited handicap chase at Doncaster (2m 1/2f) by half a length from Katachenko in December of last year off a mark of 139 when trained by David Pipe. Finished fourth, beaten 35 lengths, to Douvan in the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase at Punchestown (2m) in April on latest start.
"He is at Ludlow this week and Noel Fehily schooled him last week and he jumped well and looks well. He was running well in the Arkle and was going to finish third or fourth when he fell and he went to Punchestown on a recovery mission and ran reasonably well. He was going to run at Cheltenham the other week but the ground was too soft and fingers crossed he's a horse who can be competitive in handicaps throughout the Winter and Spring."
8 b g Kayf Tara - Barton May
154 rated chaser. Made a fine reappearance in the Grade 3 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury (3m 2f) in November when runner-up, beaten only half a length by Native River off a mark of 148.
"He goes for the Welsh National and the main aim at the end of the year will be the Grand National. We will have a look and see in between the Welsh National and the Grand National what happens."
CESAR ET ROSALIE
4 ch g Network - Regle De L'Art
Winner of a bumper at Lingfield in November by four lengths from Notre Ami.
"He won his bumper at Lingfield first time out and had previously had a nice run in a bumper in Ireland when finishing fifth and the second, third and fourth placed horses all won their bumpers in between. The form was nice and he's a young horse that will need plenty of time."
5 b g Court Cave - Twelve Pence
Winner of a point-to-point in Ireland and a bumper at Warwick in April when beating Asum three quarters of a length. Odds-on when pulled up on his hurdling bow at Wetherby in October.
"He's a nice horse who won his bumper first time out for us and was a bit disappointing on his hurdling bow but just got a bit excited on the run up to the race. He needs to settle down and we will start him off again after Christmas."
7 b g Presenting - Bathwick Annie
116 rated hurdler. Winner of handicap hurdles at Worcester (conditional jockeys) and Newton Abbott in June and July off a mark of 102. Placed third, beaten 22 lengths, to Angus Glens off 115 at Warwick (2m) in November.
"He has done very little wrong and has been getting stronger. It was just a confidence thing with him more than anything. He is a nice horse and he will be having a few more runs over hurdles and then we will keep him for novice chasing after May 1."
4 b g Alflora - April Queen
Runner-up, beaten a length and a quarter, to De Dollar Man in a bumper at Uttoxeter last Friday.
"He is a very nice prospect who ran really well on his bumper debut at Uttoxeter last week. He should improve for that experience and can find a similar race soon."
5 ch m Shirocco - Ancora
Winner of a bumper at Stratford in July.
"She won a bumper first time out and is better than he recent effort over hurdles would suggest. We have freshened her up and she should be back in action in January. She should do well in handicap hurdles."
ESPOIR DE TEILLEE
4 b g Martaline - Belle De Lyhard
Unlucky faller when looking likely winner of his point-to-point in Ireland.
"He will be starting off in bumper over Christmas or the New Year. We won't be in any major rush with him and we will take it one step at a time."
4 b g Sea The Stars - Rezyana
123 rated hurdler. Finished creditable third, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to Super Sam in a handicap hurdle at Ffos Las (2m 4f) in November off a mark of 122.
"He ran very well at Ffos Las last time despite missing the third last and the second last. He still ran a stormer of a race and Noel rode him first time at Wetherby where he ran over two miles and he came back in a said it was too short a trip for him. He ran a much better race over the longer trip and will run over the Christmas period."
4 br g Cockney Rebel - Al Kahina
131 rated hurdler. Successful in handicap hurdles at Fontwell (2m 1 1/2f), Chepstow (2m 3 1./2f) and Sandown (2m) last season. Scored by 14 lengths from Alhamareer when gaining his last win off a mark of 125 at Sandown in March.
"He has been a bit slow to get started this season as he just pulled a few muscles behind. He was going to go novice chasing this year and schooled over fences very well but we won't run him over fence until May now as I want to keep him as a novice for next season."
3 ch g Sir Percy - Hygrove Welshlady
122 rated hurdler. Successful in a juvenile hurdle at Newton Abbot in July and Cartmel in August and also in a handicap hurdle at Fontwell in September off a mark of 118 when beating Istimraar a length and three quarters.
"He has done very little wrong and he's tough, consistent and genuine. He has had a break and just come back in last week. He will be contesting some of those nice handicap hurdles."
7 ch m Generous - Zaffarimbi
148 rated chaser. Scored by two and a half lengths from Theatre Guide in a listed handicap chase at Wetherby (2m 3 1/2f) at the end of October off a mark of 143 on latest outing.
"She has just started back. She is a 148 rated listed chase winner and I think I am going to give her a run over hurdles and maybe run her in the Mares' Listed race at the Cheltenham Festival. I had a mare who finished third in the race last year who wouldn't be as good as her."
5 b g Spadoun - Mystic Vic
135 rated hurdler Winner three times this season and showed further improvement in a conditional jockeys handicap hurdle at Ascot (2m 5 1/2f) last Friday when beating Abbreviate a length off a mark of 127.
"He has done nothing but improve this season and put in a career best effort at Ascot last week. The handicapper may have overreacted but he is tough horse and he will make a nice chaser next season."
7 b g Oscar - Miss Arteea
132 rated hurdler. Finished fifth, beaten three and a half lengths, to Stamp Your Feet in a handicap hurdle at Hereford (2m) last week.
"He is a hard horse to train and a hard horse to keep right but if you did have him right on the day he is a good horse. He ran a reasonable race at Hereford last week and his earlier form with Tagrita stacks up well."
PASS THE TIME
7 b m Passing Glance - Twin Time
132 rated chaser and hurdler. Finished fourth, beaten five lengths, to Stephanie Frances in a listed mares hurdle at Wetherby (2m) in October on latest start.
"She is a very tough, genuine and consistent mare. She has won 11 races and won on the flat, over hurdles and over fences. She is a home bred and she is just starting back. She finished third in the mares hurdle at Cheltenham and the owner would like to go back there again. After that I would think she will go for the mares novices' handicap chase around Cheltenham where we finished first and third in it last year with Indian Stream and Ebony Empress. She has run some big races around Cheltenham."
PETER THE MAYO MAN
6 ch g Dylan Thomas - Mommkin
142 rated hurdler. Winner of his three starts this season scoring in novice events at Worcester (2m) and Warwick (2m) in September and completing the hat trick with an 11 length defeat of Clayton off a mark of 130 in a handicap hurdle at Newbury (2m 1/2f) in November.
"He pulled a few muscles behind last year and was given a break over the Summer and came back and been in fantastic form. He had a little break and will start running again around February and that will determine whether he goes for a novice or a handicap at one of the bigger Festivals."
4 gr g Gentlewave - Natt Musik
137 rated chaser. Came home alone in a two-runner novices' chase at Warwick (2m) in November and beaten two necks when third in a mile and a half maiden at Lingfield this month.
"He went up 10lb for finishing second to Forest Bihan in a novice chase at Towcester but he was beaten less than a length on the flat this month. He has won over hurdles and fences and he would win on the Flat as well. He might go back handicapping over hurdles and is a horse who works well and has plenty of ability."
6 b g Shantou - Village Queen
146 rated chaser and hurdler. Successful novice chases at Fontwell (2m 5f) in August and Cheltenham in October. Fell when in second place in a Grade 2 event won by Frodon at Wincanton (2m 4f) in November latest start.
"We were happy him when he won first time out but never happy with him after that. We said that we would go back to Fontwell but we didn't as we didn't think he was sparking. We ran him at Cheltenham as we had to get him out and he won but we were still not happy with him. We went to Wincanton and he was giving 9lb to Frodon who won the big handicap chase at Cheltenham recently. It's not bad form but we still think a break will do him the world of good."
4 b g Rip Van Winkle - Strictly Lambada
132 rated hurdler. Finished third, beaten five and three quarter lengths, to Unison in a handicap hurdle at Doncaster (2m 1/2f) in November on latest start.
"The race wasn't run to suit him last time at Doncaster and he will hopefully run well in a nice handicap.
4 ch g Loup Solitaire - Miss Maritime
Winner of a point-to-point in Ireland and a bumper at Newcastle in November beating subsequent winner Mayo Star two and a half lengths.
"He won his bumper first time out and will probably go for another bumper now. He is only four and if he won another bumper we might not send him novice hurdling until next season."
6 b g Westerner - Marika's King
130 rated hurdler. Scored by two and a quarter lengths from Shantou Bob in a handicap hurdle at Newbury (3m) in November off a mark of 123.
"He was very keen first time out at Cheltenham and did well to finish second and that took the edge off him. At Newbury he was very good and he travelled well and jumped well. He is a horse that just keep on improving. We would be happy where he is and he is a nice chaser in the making."
6 b g Presenting - Chamoss Royale
147 rated chaser. Winner of novice chases at Wetherby (3m) in October and Grade 2 event at Doncaster (3m) in December of last year. Also fourth, beaten 12 ½ lengths, to Minella Rocco in the four mile chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
"He has been a bit slow to come to hand this year and we have had a few niggly problems but they are ironed out now. If we get a clear run he will make into a nice staying chaser. The form of the NH Hunt Chase in which he finished fourth has worked out well and there is no reason he shouldn't make into a Hennessy horse next year. Obviously we have to worry about this season but there should be a couple of nice staying chases for him at the end of the season."
THE DRUIDS NEPHEW
9 b g King's Theatre - Gifted
146 rated chaser. One of his better efforts last season when fifth, beaten seven and a half lengths, to stablemate The Young Master in the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown (3m 5f) in April off a mark of 153.
"He was having his first run at Ascot on Saturday and has had a few problems. His best form appears to be in the Spring."
THE WICKET CHICKEN
4 b f Milan - Soniadoir
Winning point-to-pointer in Ireland and promise in bumpers at Towcester in November and Carlisle in December.
"We thought she would perform better in her recent bumper at Carlisle but Noel just thought she was a bit weak. We will give her a little time to freshen up and we will bring her back and try her in another bumper and then go novice hurdling in May."
THE YOUNG MASTER
7 b g Echo Of Light - Fine Frenzy
150 rated chaser. Landed the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown (3m 5f) last April by a short head from Just A Par off a mark of 148. Fell in the Becher Chase on his reappearance at Aintree.
"He jumped well over the Grand National fences in the Becher until falling two out. He could go for something like the Rowland Meyrick over the Christmas period and his long term target would be the Grand National."
5 b g Tikkanen - Fields Of Barley
Beaten a nose by I Know U Too Well in a bumper at Ffos Las this month.
"He was just edged out on his debut at Ffos Las and should soon find his maiden bumper."
5 b g King's Theatre - Allee Sarthoise
118 rated hurdler. Runner-up, beaten a length, to Templeross in a novices hurdle at Ffos Las (3m) in November and finished third, beaten three and a half lengths, to Desert Sensation in a novice handicap hurdle at Ascot (2m 7 1/2f) on Saturday off current mark.
"He ran well first time out at Ffos Las to a horse of Nigel Twiston-Davies's Templeross and ran a solid race on his handicap bow at Ascot on Saturday. He will be winning his races in the next few months."
ACTIVIAL - looks the sort that his trainer could untap the best from and set to commence early in the New Year.
DEAD RIGHT - very pleasing first effort in a Uttoxeter bumper last week and has winner written all over him.
ESPOIR DE TEILLE - signs are he has the sort of quality that could take his handler to the next level.
INDIAN STREAM - grand mare who has a lot more to offer.
SHANTOU VILLAGE - being kept back for the better ground in the Spring and remains one to follow.
THE YOUNG MASTER - another whose better days come in the Spring and a likely Grand National type.