Willie Mullins Stable Tour

    Champion trainer Willie Mullins on the embarrassment of riches at his disposal, including those set to line up over the two days of the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.
  • Monday 15 January 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 54 winners at the meeting, Mullins has trained a sequence of household names such as Florida Pearl, Hedgehunter, Quevega, Hurricane Fly, Faugheen and Douvan.

Mullins has a formidable team of horses at his disposal for the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival and he was good enough to talk attheraces.com’s Kevin Blake through his string for what looks to be a memorable weekend at Leopardstown. 

All Horses

Benie Des Dieux (FR)

Form Profile:

A French import, she has won both her starts for Mullins in great style, including a Listed mares’ chase at Carlisle in December.

Trainer Says:

She pulled a muscle before Christmas and missed her intended engagement, but will hopefully be back soon. She might make the Dublin Racing Festival, but we’ll wait and see.

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Blackbow

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Stowaway - Rinnce Moll (Accordion)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Leopardstown, 26 Dec 2017 15:30
  • Result: Won/11, tracked leaders, went 2nd travelling smoothly approaching straight, ridden to challenge over 2f out, soon led, headed over 1f out, regained lead inside last, stayed on best to soon assert
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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.

Trainer Says:

We were very impressed with him at Christmas and he looks a likely candidate for the Grade 2 bumper at Leopardstown.

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Cilaos Emery (FR)

Form Profile:

A 153-rated hurdler, he won two of his four starts over hurdles last season, most notably the Champion Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival. He finished second to Mick Jazz in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting.

Trainer Says:

Unfortunately he picked up a stress fracture, probably in the Ryanair Hurdle, that will keep him out of Leopardstown and Cheltenham. I’d say the best we can hope for is to have him back for the Punchestown Festival.

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Djakadam (FR)

Form Profile:

A 165-rated chaser, he has finished in the frame in the last three renewals of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but was pulled up on his most recent start in the Leopardstown Christmas Chase.

Trainer Says:

The thought at the moment is that he will run in the Irish Gold Cup. I was very disappointed with him at Leopardstown. It was the worst run of his career. We didn’t find anything wrong with him afterwards, which has us questioning whether we just ran him back too quickly after the John Durkan. Plenty of horses have run in those two races and been just fine, but both him and Sizing John disappointed when attempting it this season, so maybe it was a more gruelling race than we thought it was at the time.

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Douvan (FR)

Form Profile:

A 174-rated chaser, he was the outstanding novice chaser and made a smooth transition to open company last season, 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.

Trainer Says:

I withdrew him for the season, but subsequent tests have suggested that maybe we were premature in doing so. There was an injury there, perhaps an old injury, but what surprised us all was how quickly he recovered from it. He’s back cantering and we’re just going to do that for a few weeks and see how he progresses. There is a little chance of getting him back for Cheltenham, but I’m not going to say any more than that for now.

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Duc Des Genievres (FR)

Form Profile:

A French import, he made a promising Irish debut when a close third to Next Destination in the Grade 1 Lawlor’s of Naas Novice Hurdle at Naas in January.

Trainer Says:

He ran very well at Naas. That was only the second run of his life and he should improve from it. He travelled well through the race and I’m not sure which way I’m going to go with him in terms of trip. It might be too tough an ask for him to drop to two miles and take on sharper horses. He looked like he should be able to do it based on the last day, but that was over a longer trip off a steady enough pace. Moving up a gear at championship pace will be a different story, so he might be as well off sticking to longer trips.

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7 Jan 2018:

Faugheen

Form Profile:

A 172-rated hurdler, he has won 11 of his 13 career starts over hurdles and made a winning return from almost two years off when winning the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown in November, but ran a lifeless race in the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting.

Trainer Says:

I’m as happy as I could expect to be with him at this stage. All his tests have come back fine. We were waiting for one test result to come back for a week or 10 days after the race and that came back fine. We’ve been minding him since the Ryanair Hurdle and gave him a little rest. Last week we started him back slow cantering and then gave him a couple of longer slow canters. The next step for him is to go up a gear and do a bit of fast work with him this week. If that goes well, I can’t see why we can’t kick on and aim him at the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown.

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Footpad (FR)

Form Profile:

A 157-rated hurdler, he has created an exceptional impression in winning both his starts over fences in the style of a potential star, most notably in the Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Chase at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting.

Trainer Says:

He’s in great shape and the Irish Arkle at Leopardstown has always been the plan for him, so we are looking forward to getting him there. He’ll probably take on Demi Sang there.

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Getabird

Form Profile:

A high-class performer in bumpers last season, he is unbeaten in two starts over hurdles including the Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown in January.

Trainer Says:

I don’t think Getabird will run at Leopardstown, we’ll focus on getting him to Cheltenham next. I was more than pleased with him at Punchestown at the weekend, he did way more than I expected him too. Going into it, I was worried I was running him in the wrong race, but we said we’d take a chance and it worked out. He came right back to and probably beyond what we thought of him as a bumper horse. We were all amazed at the speed he showed away from the final hurdle. It was a really good performance.

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Great Field (FR)

Form Profile:

A 161-rated chaser, he was unbeaten in four starts as a novice chaser last season, culminating in an impressive victory in the Ryanair Novice Chase at the Punchestown Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’s coming along nicely. He could make it back for Cheltenham, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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Hollowgraphic

  • 5-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Beat Hollow - Corskeagh Shadow (Beneficial)
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 10 Dec 2017 15:40
  • Result: Won/10, tracked leaders, 5th halfway, progress into 3rd 4f out, closer 3f out, travelled well to lead 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, kept on strongly
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Form Profile:

Finished second in the Land Rover Bumper at the Punchestown Festival on his debut and bolted up in a bumper back at that track in December.

Trainer Says:

His performance at Punchestown was fantastic and he looks to be one of our leading hopes for the Grade 2 bumper at Leopardstown.

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Killultagh Vic

Form Profile:

A 153-rated chaser, he was a Grade 1-winning novice hurdler that looked a top-class novice chaser in the making in 2015/16 until he met with an injury that kept him off the track for almost two years. He made a winning return to action over hurdles at Punchestown in December.

Trainer Says:

The plan at the minute is to run him in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. He came out of his comeback run very well. He just really doesn’t like jumping hurdles, he has no respect for them. We are looking forward to getting him back over fences and I think he’ll jump them much better.

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Melon (GB)

Form Profile:

A 159-rated hurdler, he made a winning return to action in Grade 2 company at Down Royal in November prior to finishing a close third to My Tent Or Yours in the International Hurdle at Cheltenham in December.

Trainer Says:

The hope is to get Melon to the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown. He didn’t ride out this morning as he had a small foot issue, but he should be back riding out tomorrow.

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Min (FR)

Form Profile:

A 160-rated chaser, he was one of the most exciting novice chasers of last season, but having impressed in winning his first two starts over fences, injury ruled him out for the rest of the season. He made a winning return to action at Gowran Park in November, but was demoted to second after winning the Paddy’s Rewards Club Chase at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting.

Trainer Says:

He is in great shape and came out of his run at Christmas well. I’m looking forward to getting him to the Dublin Chase at Leopardstown.

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Next Destination

Form Profile:

A winning point-to-pointer that wasn’t far off the best bumper horses in training last season, he has won all three of his starts over hurdles this season including the Grade 1 Lawlor’s of Naas Novice Hurdle at Naas in January.

Trainer Says:

He was very good at Naas. At the moment we are trying to decide whether he should go to Leopardstown or straight to Cheltenham. Maybe the right thing to do would be to go straight to Cheltenham, but we’ll hold off making a decision for now.

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Penhill

Form Profile:

A 150-rated hurdler, he won six of his nine starts over hurdles last season including the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer Says:

He’s fine and will hopefully make the Cheltenham Festival.

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Sayar

Form Profile:

A recruit off the Flat, he has won both his starts over hurdles in impressive style including a Grade 3 novice hurdle at Tipperary in October.

Trainer Says:

He is on the way back from a setback, but his progress hasn’t been as good as we hoped. He won’t make the Dublin Racing Festival and I doubt he’ll make it to Cheltenham. We are more so thinking about the Punchestown Festival for him.

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Sharjah (FR)

Form Profile:

A French import, he won his first two starts over hurdles in good style and looked set to win the Grade 1 Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting only to fall at the final flight.

Trainer Says:

Both Sharjah and Real Steel will run in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown as I think they could both do with more experience. They were unlucky with what happened them last time, but they were both fine after it. Hopefully the sun won’t be out for the Deloitte!

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Stormy Ireland (FR)

Form Profile:

A French import, she created an excellent impression on her Irish debut, winning a maiden hurdle at Fairyhouse by 58 lengths in December.

Trainer Says:

She was very, very impressive at Fairyhouse. I don’t know what the race was like in terms of depth, but she couldn’t have done any more. She has set a fairly high bar I think. She has been very good since. She’s an incredible filly really. I tried to give her a little break after Fairyhouse, but after two or three days she bucked off her rider! She’s not the biggest filly, but she is very high energy. She looks my top juvenile at the minute and will go for the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown along with Mr Adjudicator.

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16 Dec 2017:

Total Recall

Form Profile:

A 156-rated chaser, he has improved since joining Mullins this season, winning the Munster National at Limerick and the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury.

Trainer Says:

He’s in the Irish Gold Cup and we’ll have a look at it, but I’m not sure whether he’ll run. I imagine the way to look at Total Recall is that he should go for the Aintree Grand National. I have to have a chat with the owners and get them to decide whether they want to aim for Graded chases with him or aim towards the National.

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Un De Sceaux (FR)

Form Profile:

A 167-rated chaser, he is a seven-time Grade 1 winner over fences that arguably put up the most impressive performance of his career when winning the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March. He made a winning seasonal reappearance in the Hilly Way Chase at Cork in December.

Trainer Says:

He’s in great shape and will run at Ascot this weekend. Assuming he gets there and runs, I don’t think we’d ask him to run at the Dublin Racing Festival after that.

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Vroum Vroum Mag (FR)

Form Profile:

A 152-rated hurdler and 154-rated chaser, she has won 12 of her 15 starts for Mullins, with her most notable successes coming in the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the Punchestown Champion Hurdle in 2016. She finished second to Apple’s Jade in the 2017 renewal of the Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Trainer Says:

She’s in training, but we haven’t decided whether to cover her or race on for the rest of the season. It’s 50/50 at the minute.

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Yorkhill

Form Profile:

A 164-rated chaser, he won three of his four starts over fences last season including the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. He disappointed on his return to action in the Leopardstown Christmas Chase.

Trainer Says:

We’ll give him an entry in the Dublin Chase and the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown, but we will go down the two-mile chase route with him and if that doesn’t work we’ll go back hurdling with him. I never thought he was a Gold Cup horse and from day one I said that. I thought he was a Champion Hurdle horse. He’s a hard horse to ride over two miles, so how can you ride him over three miles and two furlongs at Cheltenham? If we think he’s near Champion Hurdle class and with the way he jumps fences, it is very possible he is a Champion Chase horse.

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