Willie Mullins Stable Tour

    The 12-time champion trainer in Ireland and five-time top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival shines a light on his team of stars which look set to light up the 2018/19 National Hunt season.
  • Wednesday 17 October 2018
  • Stable Tours

What more can be said about Willie Mullins that hasn’t already been said? 

While he has been considered a top trainer for well over two decades, claiming his first champion trainer title in 2000/01, it has been since 2007/08 that Mullins has taken his performance to previously unheard of levels. 

In February 2013, with over two months of the season remaining, he broke Aidan O’Brien’s record haul of winners in a season of 156 in 1995/96 and eventually went on to record a remarkable total of 193 winners. 

Well established as the most successful Irish-based trainer in the history of the Cheltenham Festival with 61 winners at the meeting, Mullins has trained a sequence of household names such as Florida Pearl, Hedgehunter, Quevega, Hurricane Fly, Faugheen and Douvan. 

The Closlutton trainer enjoyed another stellar season in 2017/18 and again overhauled big rival Gordon Elliott in dramatic circumstances to win an eleventh consecutive trainer's title, his twelfth in total.

As usual, Mullins has a formidable team of horses at his disposal for the upcoming season and he was good enough to talk Kevin Blake of attheraces.com through the pick of his squad for 2018/19.

All Horses

Al Boum Photo (FR)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Buck's Boum - Al Gane (Dom Alco)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 24 Apr 2018 18:40
  • Result: RO/11, rear of mid-division, slightly hampered at 9th, mistake 10th, progress to 3rd 3 out, disputed lead and left in front 2 out, clear when rider steered horse right approaching last and ran out through wing
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Form Profile:

A 159-rated chaser, he has won two of his six starts in novice chases including the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival and was set to win the Growise Champion Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival only to run out at the final fence.

Trainer Says:

I imagine he’ll go down the Cheltenham Gold Cup route. We’ll send him down that road and if he tells us he wants to come back to shorter trips, we’ll do that, but I’d be surprised if that transpires.

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Annamix

Form Profile:

Formerly trained in France where he finished second in his only start over hurdles, he was talked of as an exciting novice hurdle prospect for last season only to miss the campaign due to injury.

Trainer Says:

He had a setback that kept him off the track last season, but he’s back and in good form now. A lot of people had a high opinion of him this time last year and I don’t have any reason to think why he can’t be the horse he looked like he was going to be last year. The work he was doing last year would suggest he will be a two-miler and while he is a year older now, I think that is the route we’ll look to send him down.

Bacardys (FR)

Form Profile:

A 157-rated hurdler, he looked set to make a strong return to hurdling in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival only to fall at the final flight when in contention for a place.

Trainer Says:

We sent him back over hurdles last season after his first two starts over fences didn’t go to plan but given that he still has his novice status as a chaser, we might well give him another try over fences this season and see how he gets on.

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Bellshill

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: King's Theatre - Fairy Native (Be My Native)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 25 Apr 2018 17:30
  • Result: Won/12, tracked leaders, slight mistake 5th, 4th from 6th, 3rd approaching straight, challenged and on terms 2 out, led before last, went on run-in, kept on closing stages and reduced lead at finish
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Form Profile:

A 168-rated chaser, he very much put it all together when winning the Punchestown Gold Cup at the Punchestown Festival in April.

Trainer Says:

Bellshill has come back in looking good and strong. He did particularly well out a grass. I’m very happy with him and he’ll run in Grade 1 staying chases. He has a better record going right-handed than left-handed and there could well be something in that. That said, it won’t stop me running him left-handed, as some of the biggest races there are for him are that way around. In terms of right-handed targets, the King George VI Chase could potentially be considered for him.

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Benie Des Dieux (FR)

Form Profile:

A French import, she has won all five of her starts for Mullins, including the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the Annie Power Mares Champion Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

She is certainly one of the most talented mares around over hurdles and, potentially, over fences too. She is so versatile, we could do any job with her and I suspect we could end up mixing it up over hurdles and fences with her.

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Blackbow

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Stowaway - Rinnce Moll (Accordion)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 25 Apr 2018 18:05
  • Result: 2/10, a little keen early, chased leaders in 3rd, closed approaching straight travelling smoothly, ridden to challenge under 2f out, every chance final furlong, kept on without matching winner closing stages
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Form Profile:

A winning point-to-pointer, he made an impressive racecourse debut when winning a bumper at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting and followed up in a Grade 2 bumper at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown. He finished fifth in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival and second in the equivalent race at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

He will be a good addition to the novice hurdle ranks. Watching his races, you’d think he will make up into a stayer over hurdles, but a lot of Stowaways are better over shorter trips. So, I won’t make any bold predictions about his trip, we’ll just play it by ear based on racecourse evidence.

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Carefully Selected

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Well Chosen - Knockamullen Girl (Alderbrook)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 25 Apr 2018 18:05
  • Result: 3/10, chased leader, improved to get on terms approaching straight, soon led, headed inside final furlong, dropped to 3rd and kept on without matching 1st 2 closing stages
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Form Profile:

A winning point-to-pointer, he won two of his four starts in bumpers and finished in the frame in Grade 1 contests at the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals.

Trainer Says:

He looks every inch a staying novice hurdler to me. He gallops forever and is really a chaser in the making. Hopefully he can earn his keep in novice hurdles this season before he goes novice chasing next year.

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Colreevy

  • 5-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Poetics Girl (Saddlers' Hall)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 25 Apr 2018 19:15
  • Result: Won/15, raced in 8th early, 11th before halfway, improved into 3rd before straight travelling smoothly, led under 2f out, stayed on well from over 1f out
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Form Profile:

The winner of two of her four starts in bumpers including a Grade 3 mares’ bumper at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

She is a lovely big mare that has taken time to mature, but I think she has come back in a much stronger mare this season. We’ll go novice hurdling with her, but she is one that we are particularly looking forward to seeing over a fence. Trip-wise, there is stamina on her page, but she likes to get on with the job, so maybe a shorter trip might suit her better. We’ll let her tell us what she wants on the racecourse.

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Douvan (FR)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Walk In The Park - Star Face (Saint Des Saints)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 24 Apr 2018 17:30
  • Result: 2/9, tracked leader in 2nd, jumped slightly right 4 out, slight mistake next, ridden in 2nd entering straight, no impression on winner before last, kept on same pace run-in
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Form Profile:

A 167-rated chaser, he was the outstanding novice chaser and made a smooth transition to open company in 2016/7, winning his first three starts until suffering a stress fracture in his pelvis when disappointing in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. He didn’t reappear until last season’s renewal of that race and was travelling strongly when falling at the fourth-last fence. He subsequently finished second to Un De Sceaux in the BoyleSports Champion Chase at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

We were a small bit disappointed with Douvan’s run at the Punchestown Festival, but Un De Sceaux just put on a spectacular performance on the day that probably surprised a lot a people. Considering how stop-start a season he had, it was probably a big performance in the circumstances. We are very happy with how he has been since he’s come back from his summer break and he’s in great form. He’s one that could stay at shorter trips or potentially go a bit further. His style of racing would suggest that he should stay at shorter trips, but I think he could stay a bit further if ridden to do so. We haven’t really discussed a plan yet, but rather than setting anything in stone, we’ll get him started back and play it by ear based on how he runs.

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Draconien (FR)

  • 5-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Linda's Lad - Holding (Useful)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 24 Apr 2018 16:20
  • Result: Won/10, towards rear, headway from 3 out, went 4th next, 3rd travelling well entering straight, pushed along to dispute lead before last, ridden to lead after last, stayed on well
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Form Profile:

A 151-rated hurdler, he won the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

He was very good when winning a Grade 1 novice hurdle at the Punchestown Festival. He looked a pacey horse that day and that is what he had shown us. I haven’t spoken to his owners yet, but I suspect he’ll go novice chasing and I’d imagine he’ll stick to around two miles for the time being.

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Faugheen

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Germany - Miss Pickering (Accordion)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 26 Apr 2018 17:30
  • Result: Won/12, quickly away and made all, clear at halfway, slightly reduced advantage 2 out, went clear again entering straight, ridden and stayed on run-in, comfortably
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Form Profile:

A 169-rated hurdler, he has won 13 of his 17 career starts over hurdles, winning two Grade 1 races last seasons after returning from almost two years off.

Trainer Says:

Faugheen was really good at the Punchestown Festival last year, but after that we found a big growth in his groin area that had to be surgically removed. It’s impossible to say if it was affecting him, but it was a big growth, bigger than a tennis ball, and it was in a tender area, so he is likely to have been feeling something. We only gave him as much time off as he needed and got him back in as soon as we could. He’s been back in for quite a while, but I have to say he is quite heavy at the moment, so it might take him a run or two to reach full fitness. We still aren’t any closer to making a decision as to whether we will keep him in staying hurdles or go novice chasing. He looks like he would take high order amongst the staying hurdlers, but he also has plenty of experience jumping fences from his point-to-point days and might do well over them now. It’s hard to know. There hasn’t been an 11-year-old to win either a Stayers’ Hurdle or an RSA Chase for an awful long time, so he’ll be looking to break a record whichever way he goes!

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Footpad (FR)

Form Profile:

A 166-rated chaser, he created an exceptional impression in winning all five of his starts over fences last season, most notably in the Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

He has come back in from grass looking very well. In terms of his trip, much will depend on what his owners want to do. It is easier to keep chasers sounder over shorter trips than longer trips, but he is bred to stay, has form over further and is a very efficient jumper of a fence, so he has the option of running over longer trips too. I’ll have to have a good discussion with his owners before we make any firm decisions on him.

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Getabird

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Getaway - Fern Bird (Revoque)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 27 Apr 2018 18:05
  • Result: PU/9, held up and a little keen early, soon tracked leaders on inner in 3rd, badly hampered 2 out and brought to standstill and pulled up
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Form Profile:

A 152-rated hurdler, he has won three of his six starts over hurdles last season including two Grade 2 contests.

Trainer Says:

He will go novice chasing. We’ll start him off when he’s ready and I won’t worry too much about what trip that is over. We’ll assess him once he’s out and running, but I suspect he’ll end up in the mid-range or staying divisions. He seemed to show a preference for racing right-handed, so we might try to lean him that way if we can.

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Great Field (FR)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Great Pretender - Eaton Lass (Definate Article)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Navan, 23 Mar 2018 15:35
  • Result: Won/6, made all at strong pace, clear for much, reduced advantage at last, pushed along run-in, stayed on well
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Form Profile:

A 164-rated chaser, he is unbeaten in five starts over fences. He only made it to the track once last season, winning a Grade 2 chase at Navan in March.

Trainer Says:

We didn’t get much of a run of it with him last season, as he only ran once. He’s back in and in good form, so hopefully we’ll get a clearer run with him this season. He can be very strong in his races, but he is probably harder on himself in his races than he is at home, as Dick Dowling rides him on his own every day at home and they get on well. At this stage, you’d have to say he could be anything. I don’t think we’ve got to the bottom of his ability yet and he’s already rated 164. He’ll stick to around two miles.

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Laurina (FR)

  • 5-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Spanish Moon - Lamboghina (Alkalde)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Fairyhouse, 1 Apr 2018 14:50
  • Result: Won/11, soon chased leaders, 5th at 3rd, slight mistake 3 out, challenged from before 2 out, soon led travelling smoothly, quickly asserted, stayed on well run-in, easily
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Form Profile:

A 152-rated hurdler, she has impressed in winning all four of her starts for Willie Mullins by wide margins, most recently in a Grade 1 mares novice hurdle at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival.

Trainer Says:

She has come back in really good shape. I think she’ll stay hurdling. As far as we are concerned, she could be anything. She is unbeaten for us and everything is open to her. I think we’ll train her and campaign her with a view to the Champion Hurdle. She’ll need to improve to get to that level, but she’ll have the mares' allowance in her favour and it wouldn’t surprise me if she did.

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Melon (GB)

Form Profile:

A 165-rated hurdler, he made a winning return to action in Grade 2 company at Down Royal in November and went on to finish a close second in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’ll stay over hurdles and will go the Champion Hurdle route. There are a couple of different reasons to think that he is a little bit better than his Champion Hurdle run, so we’d love to get him back there in top shape for another crack at it.

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Min (FR)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Walk In The Park - Phemyka (Saint Estephe)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 24 Apr 2018 17:30
  • Result: 4/9, tracked leaders, slight mistake 1st, 4th 3 out, soon ridden, moderate 3rd entering straight, soon no impression in 4th
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Form Profile:

A 167-rated chaser, he won the Dublin Chase at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown in February prior to finishing second in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and the Melling Chase at Aintree.

Trainer Says:

He is in good shape and is likely to go down a similar route to what he did last season. We set him some tough tasks at the backend of last season and was probably feeling the effects of his Aintree run when he was a bit disappointing at the Punchestown Festival.

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Mt Leinster

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Beat Hollow - Sixhills (Sabrehill)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Ballinrobe, 21 Sep 2018 19:10
  • Result: Won/9, tracked leaders on outer, disputed 3rd halfway, improved to lead 3f out, soon went clear, pushed along over 1f out, stayed on strongly final furlong, easily, impressive
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Form Profile:

Created a very good impression when making a winning debut in a bumper at Ballinrobe in September.

Trainer Says:

He looks a very promising type that does everything right at home. I’d imagine we’ll stick to the bumper route with him and I’d be hopeful he could make up into a Champion Bumper contender.

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Next Destination

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Dubai Destination - Liss Alainn (Flemensfirth)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 25 Apr 2018 16:55
  • Result: Won/11, soon chased leaders in 5th, closed and slight mistake 2 out, 3rd approaching straight, soon on terms, gained narrow lead run-in and stayed on well
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Form Profile:

A 154-rated hurdler, he has won four of his five starts over hurdles last season including the Grade 1 Lawlor’s of Naas Novice Hurdle at Naas in January and the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

He will go novice chasing and I’m very much looking forward to him. He has always looked like a staying chaser in the making, so I was very happy with his novice hurdle campaign last season.

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Penhill (GB)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Mount Nelson - Serrenia (High Chaparral)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 26 Apr 2018 17:30
  • Result: 2/12, tracked leaders in moderate 5th, progress into moderate 3rd 5out, went closer 2nd 2 out, ridden entering straight, no impression on winner at last, kept on same pace
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Form Profile:

A 165-rated hurdler, he has won seven of his 11 starts over hurdles including the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Trainer Says:

Sending him to the Stayers’ Hurdle fresh worked out well last season, so I’m happy to try and do something similar with him this season.

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Relegate

  • 5-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Last Of The Bunch (Silver Patriarch)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 25 Apr 2018 18:05
  • Result: 7/10, held up, soon raced in 9th, pushed along 4f out and no impression, moderate 7th approaching straight, one pace
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Form Profile:

The winner of three of her four starts in bumpers including the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

She will go novice hurdling. I think she’ll stay quite well, but it will probably make sense to aim her at the mares’ novice hurdle at Cheltenham and then the Grade 1 mares novice hurdle at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival.

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Salsaretta (FR)

Form Profile:

A French import, she shaped well in two starts in Graded mares’ novice hurdle company prior to winning a maiden hurdle at Sligo in May.

Trainer Says:

She is a really nice type of mare that we have always had good regard for. She had an interrupted preparation last season, so hopefully we can keep her sound and get a full campaign into her this season. She won a maiden hurdle last May, so she has her novice status for the full season and we’ll aim her at mares’ novice hurdles.

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Un De Sceaux (FR)

Form Profile:

A 168-rated chaser, he is an eight-time Grade 1 winner over fences that looked as good as ever when winning the BoyleSports Champion Chase at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’s just incredible. I was watching him work at home this morning and I was just marvelling at his appetite he still has for the game at his age. I thought we were very lucky to get such a good campaign out of him last season considering his age. Anything he does from now on will only be a bonus, as he has been brilliant. He is just so sound and the enthusiasm he shows every day is just remarkable. He’ll have a similar sort of campaign this season to what he has been having for the last few years.

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