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. He bettered that total in 2017/18 with a sensational tally of 212 winners.
After seeing off a very serious challenge from Gordon Elliott for his Champion National Hunt Trainer crown in 2016/17 and 2017/18, Mullins reasserted his position as the clear top National Hunt trainer in Ireland last season despite struggling with the health of his horses for a significant part of the winter months.
As well as his success on the domestic scene, he also asserted his position as the most successful trainer in the history of the Cheltenham Festival by securing another Leading Trainer title at the big meeting last season.
As we have become accustomed to, Mullins has a formidable team of horses at his disposal for the upcoming season and he was good enough to talk attheraces.com’s Kevin Blake through his array of stars.