Willie Mullins Stable Tour 2022/23 Season

Willie Mullins At Cheltenham

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Willie Mullins and winners go hand in hand. Whether you’re in England or Ireland, you’ll usually find the name WP Mullins next to the number one position in the racing results and this year will be no different.

Here is his stable tour for the 2022/23 season.

8yo Chestnut Gelding

Monkfish will be back after a season on the sidelines. It will be tough for him off such a long time away from the track, now in open company, but if his old form is anything to go on (4x G1’s)  - he will be a huge player in the chasing division this year.

Champ Kiely

6yo Bay Gelding

Champ Kiely is an Ocovango gelding who’s proving to be quite talented thus far. He won his bumper at Limerick, before winning a maiden hurdle at Galway this July. He recently won a G3 novice hurdle at Tipperary, comfortably by four and a half lengths from Boodles Hurdle winner Brazil in second. He’s ran to a high level already, and he’s seriously unexposed. He’s exciting.

8yo Bay Gelding

Allaho was unbeaten last year, and he’s a relatively short price this year to be unbeaten again. He’s made the middle distance division his own, and he’s been ultra-impressive in two renewals of the Ryanair. He’ll likely try and make it a third this season.

8yo Brown Gelding

Energumene was part of the rivalry of the season last year, going toe-to-toe with Nicky Henderson’s Shishkin. The scores are 1-1, with Energumene narrowly missing out at Ascot, before emphatically turning the tables in the Champion Chase. He’s a seriously high class horse who I’m ridiculously excited to see run again this season.

Janidil really started to get his act together last season, running well in several races. He will need to get a handle on his jumping, as he wasn’t the most efficient. He’s a high class horse who’s still relatively unexposed.

The Nice Guy

7yo Bay Gelding

The Nice Guy went from strength to strength last year and even surprised connections. He won the Albert Bartlett and another G1 at Punchestown on his final start. He remains unbeaten, and a horse I have a lot of time for this season. He’s likely heading novice chasing, which is hugely exciting.

Sir Gerhard

Sir Gerhard is a lovely, genuine horse who connections inherited from the Gordon Elliot yard. He won 3/4 last year and probably suffered at Punchestown due to a hugely taxing effort at Cheltenham. He is a high class horse who will be in a lot of trackers once again. 

4yo Chestnut Gelding

Vauban looked an absolute superstar last season, finishing his season with a 3/4 record, including three G1’s. He holds all of the better juveniles on form, and he’ll likely improve for a summer break. I for one cannot wait to see him again.

8yo Grey Mare

Elimay is a loveable grey mare who finished her season with a record of 2/5. But she won the most important race for horses of her profile when taking the Mares Chase at Cheltenham. She will likely have the same target and she could improve again and dominate the division entirely.

Gentleman De Mee

Gentleman De Mee went from strength to strength last season, winning the G1 Mildmay at Aintree from Arkle hero Edwardstone back in second. He improved with every run and if that’s the same story again this season, he could take high rank in the chasing scene.

7yo Brown Gelding

Stattler had a great season last year, winning three from three including a G2 and a G3. He won at the Cheltenham festival in cracking style from the very useful Run Wild Fred. Stattler looks like he could be a huge player in the staying chases this year, with jumping soundness and stamina assured.

5yo Chestnut Gelding

State Man won three on the bounce after his fall on debut. His season culminated in a facile win at the festival in what looked a competitive G3, before bolting up in ready fashion in a G1 novice at Punchestown. He's clearly a horse who's ridiculously talented, and I for one am excited to see him again this year. 

Facile Vega

5yo Bay Gelding

Took all before him in bumpers last year, so far - Facile Vega seems to be living up to his reputation. He will be heading novice hurdling this year and he’s the current Supreme Novice favourite, as he should be. He’s such an exciting horse and he looks set for another stellar campaign.

Minella Cocooner

Minella Cocooner won two from five last year, but competed at the highest level towards the end of the season. He finished second in two G1 novices at Cheltenham and Punchestown respectively after scoring in the G1 Nathaniel Lacy at Leopardstown in February. He's a likeable horse and he's in top hands to progress.

10yo Bay Gelding

Kemboy has danced every dance for connections, and he's probably a fan favourite for a lot of you. He managed to win a G1 in February from The Storyteller in second, but he didn't get his head in front apart from that all season, despite running well to place several times. He's an older horse now, so we may see him less frequently as the season progresses.

Billaway won three from four last season, including the hunter chase double at Cheltenham an Punchestown, from the very useful Vaucelet in second on both occasions. He's made the hunter chase division his own in the last few years and with the emergence of Vaucelet, it may not be so easy this time around. 

El Fabiolo is a smart horse, who's clearly still improving. He won his maiden hurdle and then finished second, only a neck behind Jonbon at the Aintree festival which represented a mammoth step up in class. He finished last season with a novice win at Punchestown, and he could be a real force in the novice chase division this year.

Kilcruit looked as though he had the world at his feet when he was a bumper horse. For one reason or another he isn't quite the machine we thought he was. But he is on the recovery mission now, and still a high class horse nonetheless, as shown when running well in Grade 1 company on his final two starts. 

Galopin Des Champs

6yo Black Gelding

Was ultra impressive last season as a novice chaser. He was unlucky not to be unbeaten but for a freak fall at Cheltenham when absolutely running away with the Brown Advisory. It looks like all roads will lead to the Gold Cup, it’s certainly going to be an exciting season for him.

Dysart Dynamo

6yo bay gelding

Dysart Dynamo is a horse blessed with a tremendous engine, however - he is not the safest jumper at all! He came down in the Supreme Hurdle when travelling well enough and he finished last of five on his final start last year. He did absolutely bolt up on home soil in a G2 novice though, so he's not a lost cause at all. He will need to be much more economical this year, should he be competing at the highest level again.

Appreciate It

Appreciate It had a stop-start campaign last year, I think it's fair to say. He struggled with injuries and was set a huge task when running against Honeysuckle in the Champion Hurdle off a fundamentally awful preparation. He's a monster of a horse, I just hope he has a niggle free campaign this year, given he's now an eight year old.

Echoes In Rain

6yo Bay Mare

Echoes In Rain has been busy on the flat throughout the summer, and she's ran extraordinarily well to date. She was relatively useful over hurdles too, she just struggles with keenness. Over the summer though it looks as though she's grown up a bit, and she could take high rank in the hurdling division this season.

Asterion Forlonge

8yo Grey Gelding

Asterion Forlonge is a horse who must infuriate a fair few! He’s riddled with ability, though he’s prone to a shuddering error. He’s high class on his day, but he’s just not very reliable at all, (see King George!).If he can keep his head screwed on at all times during a race, he's an obvious player.

Klassical Dream

Klassical Dream is a horse who's unfortunately always struggled with soundness. He seems to do his best running fresh though, so that actually may be a blessing in disguise. He won two G1's nonetheless, and he will surely be a big player in these staying hurdle races once again this season - if he stays sound.

Redemption Day

5yo Bay Gelding`

Redemption Day is a 5yo gelding by Blue Bresil who ran very well in bumpers last season. He won on debut at Leopardstown in seriously easy fashion, and was sent straight to the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham where he didn’t seem to relish the heavy ground. He ran a much improved second next time out in another G1 bumper at Punchestown though, and on that showing, he’s a novice hurdler to look forward to.

James's Gate

James’s Gate looked potentially top class on debut when winning a bumper at Punchestown in good style. He ran a cracker to finish third in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham next time out. However, he couldn’t manage to win a very winnable bumper at Punchestown on his final start. It’s worth noting that it was much faster ground at Punchestown, all of his wins have been on soft/heavy ground. He will be one to watch when the rain pours.

Blue Lord made a cracking start to life as a chaser, winning four novice chases, including two G1’s. He was beaten in the Arkle by Edwardstone, but that wasn’t Blue Lord’s best round of jumping to date. He will be interesting now transitioning into a very competitive open 2m chase division, will he be able to hold his own?

Ferny Hollow

7yo Brown/Bay Gelding

Ferny Hollow must be one of the most exciting horses in training and he may well have been forgotten about by a few. His career has been tarnished with injuries thus far, and I hope we can see him have a trouble free season. He was last seen winning a G1 Novice Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, beating Riviere D’etel, who was in form and receiving tons of weight. He is an exciting horse who’s still ridiculously unexposed.

Mercurey absolutely bolted up on debut at Gowran Park, and there was talk about supplementing him for the Champion Bumper, but connections opted for the patient route, being a younger, immature horse. He was beaten next time out in a listed race at Limerick but the ground was “Good” there, suspicion is that he probably wants it on the softer side. He’s still young, and he stamped himself as one to follow on debut.

6yo Brown Mare

Grangee had a relatively good season last year, contrary to her bare form figures. She ran well in several graded contests, including a third in the Mares Novice at Cheltenham. Her style of running requires some luck in running, and she was luckless on a few other occasions. She is a high class horse who will certainly be involved in graded races once again this season.

Gaillard Du Mesnil

6yo Grey gelding

Gaillard Du Mesnil is a grade one winner, so he’s a smart horse. For whatever reason, he didn’t show that last season. He was third on every single start last season, be it a Grade 1 or a handicap, he finished third. He did run much better when upped in trip throughout the season though, and I think he could be campaigned towards staying handicap chases this season, as he does stay really well. He’s fairly interesting this year, with several viable routes connections can take.

Il Etait Temps

4yo Grey Gelding

Il Etait Temps is a French recruit from the Willie Mullins yard. He is still a maiden, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. He was pitched into a G1 on debut, and managed to finish third behind the top class Vauban and Fil D’or, on his first run. That was a huge level to run to, and he maintained it, finishing fifth, and fourth to Vauban and Fil D’or again. To run to that level without winning means that there are a whole heap of lesser horses in training, and he will surely have a productive campaign this year. Expect a sequence of wins.

Gaelic Warrior

4yo Bay Gelding

Gaelic Warrior was likened to Unsinkable Boxer pre Cheltenham, he was reportedly “well in” ahead of his Boodles tilt, his mark being someway below his capabilities. He was bet into 13/8f in the 21 runner contest, and for all the world it looked like the chat was spot on, until he was headed on the line by eventual winner Brazil. He jumped violently right throughout, so he’s not without his kinks, but he’s certainly riddled with ability.

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ADAMANTLY CHOSEN

Even though he won by half the track down at Thurles I thought he was very green. I’ll have a word with connections, and they might choose to stay at home and look at Fairyhouse and Punchestown and there’s a nice race before that back at Thurles. It’s not a given he’ll go to Cheltenham.

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I was disappointed with him three weeks ago but since then he’s done two lovely bits of work. I’m happy with him now, so is Paul, and we’ll try and keep him in that zone between now and Cheltenham. He’s been there and done it in the Gold Cup, it looks an open race this year too so it’s all to play for.

I think the way he was ridden in the Ryanair Chase last year was good and brave and the horse responded, he jumped fantastically well. If he could do something like that again this year it would be terrific. I think he’d stay three miles on a given day and could even go back to two. The way he jumps there are Grade One races he could win over that trip. He’s in good shape at the moment and everything is right. His form has been good this season and all being well he should be the one to beat again in the Ryanair.

APPRECIATE IT

We were preparing him to go novice chasing but he had a small setback, and it was getting late in the season so we decided to change and go back hurdling. The way things have worked out we haven’t got a run into him before the Champion Hurdle which I’m not too worried about. You’d have liked to get one in, but I’ve kept him fresh and trained him for the race.

His Festival experience from last year’s Sky Bet Supreme will stand him in good stead, it’s the same course and distance and the form of his novice season has worked out. We have a horse with a lot of ability who seems in good form at home and we’re happy with how things have been working out for us.

ASTERION FORLONGE

Probably looking at his runs in the John Durkan and King George at Kempton he deserves a crack at the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup. The way he jumps, he always finds one or two fences to make a mistake at and ruin his chance. Should I bring him back in trip for the Ryanair or maybe all the way back to a two-mile race? We won’t do that at Cheltenham and it’s an open Gold Cup so I do wonder if we shouldn’t run there.

Looking at the mares’ novice hurdle BRANDY LOVE is going to be hard to beat but DINOBLUE was very impressive at Clonmel. It wasn’t what she beat but the way she did it. I elected not to run her again, I thought it was a tough race on that ground that day, but she did it well. I don’t mind going to this race without a lot of runs and this mare deserves a good crack it. STATUAIRE won a Grade One earlier in the season and if we get a dry week the ground will probably be coming right for her. Her handicap mark wouldn’t suggest she’s good enough but I think she’s a lot better on better ground.

He’s three form three over fences this year and does everything right. He jumps well and gave Gordon’s mare (Riviere D’Etel) nine pounds the last day when he beat her and we were very happy with that. He fell at the last in the Sky Bet Supreme last year and was booked for second but that was a good run so we know he likes the track. We’re looking for a big run in the Sporting Life Arkle.

BRING ON THE NIGHT

He was very good at Naas. We went there with a view to seeing whether he was good enough to go to Cheltenham. He’s in the Sky Bet Supreme but the way he jumped last time that might be a bit quick for him. We might need to supplement him for the Ballymore as he’s not in it at the moment, the slower gallop would help and he’s definitely good enough to go there.

What he showed from halfway up the straight impressed me. He jumped the last well and you could see he had the race won and was going to win by a length or two but when he realised there were no more hurdles to jump he took off and found another gear. That showed me he could be good enough to win a race at Cheltenham.

He’ll probably go for the Brown Advisory. He’s a super jumper and a lovely long-striding horse. That would look the part for him should he go there.

CHACUN POUR SOI

He just hasn’t played his A-Game going over to England so far. I was very pleased with his last run at the Dublin Racing Festival and if he could bring that form across to Cheltenham he’d give the other two something to think about in the Champion Chase.

We’re going to go a lot easier with him and he might just appreciate going there a bit fresher. I’d imagine Paul might ride Energumene but if it was me, I might be on this fellow. I like this horse.

Paul Townend all smiles on Chacun Pour Soi

CIEL DE NEIGE

He’s in the Grand Annual and we’ll look at that but there’s a nice programme for him at home if we don’t travel.

CLASSIC GETAWAY

I look at him as Ballymore prospect, maybe an Albert Bartlett one. He’s a big galloper, a staying type on better ground. Maybe he’d get that, weather permitting, in the Albert Bartlett but we’ll see. He’s on track for one of those races.

CONCERTISTA

Already a Festival winner and a fine mare who is doing everything right over fences. She lacks the experience of Elimay though and that might be the key in the Mrs Paddy Power Chase.

DYSART DYNAMO

A horse with a lot of ability. He’s a big, strong sort who likes to get on with the job. Paul said he’d settle if you want to drop in behind something. He’s in the Sky Bet Supreme and Ballymore and what he did in the Sky Bet Moscow Flyer last time was very impressive.

He looked like he had everything cooked by the stone wall at Punchestown and that’s a long way from home there. You’d be thinking Supreme Novices’ but the option to go the other way is there. He has a high cruising speed.

Dysart Dynamo under Paul Townend at Punchestown

He’s owned by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede and won well down at Tramore. The horse he beat, Tempo Charter Two, has come out and won since. He’s a horse who likes to get on with things and jumps well. He has his chance in the Sky Bet Supreme.

She was unlucky to bump into a mare like Colreevy in last year’s Mrs Paddy Power Chase but it shows she can handle the track and jump around there. She’s been good this year, even better when we but cheekpieces on over two miles last time and we might keep them on at Cheltenham. She’s all set to go back to the mares’ chase and I’m hoping she will be a big player this year too.

It’s going to be hard for him to turn the tables with Shishkin. That was a tough race at Ascot when they met and the winner made one-and-a-half errors, we didn’t make any and had the perfect trip. We’ll see what happens.

FACILE VEGA

I always thought he could be one of our best bumper horses. He was very impressive over Christmas and then at the Dublin Racing Festival, in what was a top-class race, he was awesome. He came around the last bend and there were five or six horses in with a chance but once Patrick asked him a question, he got down to gallop and was very impressive all the way home.

He’s a nice tall horse, very efficient and a perfect size and athlete. He came away from a really good field last time. He’s a son of Quevega who won six times at the Festival for us. She was very lightly raced which is why she might have passed on so much ability to him.

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GAELIC WARRIOR

He’s a nice horse we bought in France. He’s qualified for this race, so we kept it in mind for him and were happy enough not to run before. He’s done a lot of schooling over Irish and British hurdles, but he’s used to racing over French ones and he might go to the first at Cheltenham and treat it like a French one. Then what looks a nice handicap mark mightn’t be.

Lots of people are telling you he’s thrown in at the weights but I’m looking for the negatives and in a handicap they’re going to jump out and go like hell and if he misses any of the first three hurdles that might be his chance gone straight away.

GALOPIN DES CHAMPS

He won at Cheltenham over two-and-a-half miles last season then came back and won over three at Punchestown. We started him off at two-and-a-half over fences and he was very good both times. I’d like to stay at that trip. The way he jumps he loves to get on with the job and while he’s in both the Brown Advisory and the Turners at the moment I’m favouring the latter. I like the way he jumps and if he went to the three-mile race would he be too quick over his fences? We know he stays so can go three miles too. We’ll look at what runs in both races and decide.

Bryan Cooper rode her in the race at Fairyhouse where Allegorie De Vassy beat Brandy Love and he said after the race he thought he had everything in front of him covered when falling at the second last. That was interesting but a lot can happen from that point in a race. However that’s how he felt about her and if he’s right that puts here bang there with a chance in the mares’ novices’ hurdle.

HAUT EN COULEURS

He was very good when winning at Christmas but then fell early in the Irish Arkle. He ran well in the Triumph last year so handles the track. Watching him at home I’d be disappointed if we can’t get a Grade One out of him and Saint Sam at some stage of their careers.

ICARE ALLEN

He’s in the Triumph and the Boodles and won very impressively at Fairyhouse the last day. That’s probably going to tilt us towards taking on Vauban and Fil D’Or in the Grade One. What he did at Christmas impressed me a lot too and at the Dublin Racing Festival he missed the first hurdle and was then in the wrong position throughout the race. That’s why we ran at Fairyhouse and he put himself in the picture for the Triumph there.

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IL ETAIT TEMPS

He’s a horse we bought for next season but I got him home, was training him and was very happy with what he was showing us at home so decided to run him in a top race. and he was third in the Spring Juvenile. He’ll go for the JCB Triumph Hurdle and if he was placed, I’d be delighted. If the big guns fail to fire, which can happen, he’ll be there with a shout.

JAMES’S GATE

Was very impressive when winning at Punchestown and being owned by Sean and Bernardine Mulryan they’ll be aiming him at the Ballymore next season. He needs to go to Cheltenham to get experience for that but apart from that he’s good enough to take his place in the bumper anyhow and he’ll give a good account there.

It took him a while to get off the mark over hurdles but I think he just ran into two smart horses on their day. I was impressed with how efficiently and professionally he did it when we brought him back to two miles at Punchestown and let him jump and gallop. He did just that all the way to the line – and beyond. We’ll go to the Sky Bet Supreme and hopefully he can produce a good run. I think he’s come forward all season. I’m much happier with him – and he’s much happier in himself - after the last win.

KLASSICAL DREAM

It’s going to be fascinating watching the start of the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle. My horse likes to get on with it, so does Flooring Porter and Paisley Park has his own way of dealing with it. It’s going to be so important to those three horses. Our fellow stays three miles, jumps well, likes Cheltenham and we’re there with a hell of a chance, but the start is going to be crucial.

Minella Cocooner leads over the last

MINELLA COCOONER

Danny gave him a great ride to win at the Dublin Racing Festival but the eye opener was how he jumped and travelled. Did he get a freebie or was he there because he was able to be there and put the others under pressure with his good jumping? His style of racing might lead you to believe he should go for the Ballymore but we’ll look at the Albert Bartlett too and decide nearer the time.

He’s always shown us a lot at home and this year he’s started to show it on the racetrack a bit better. He won a bumper last season but then disappointed in the winners’ bumpers, but I thought he won very well at Punchestown the other day and maybe he’s just coming to terms with himself. He’s a big, strong, three-mile chaser type and it’s possible he’s only just maturing. If I had more experience in him I’d go to the Albert Bartlett but we’ll see. He’s a stayer down the road anyhow and the Ballymore is another option.

REDEMPTION DAY

Patrick was very impressed with him at Christmas – as were a lot of other people. He showed a great turn of foot, but we didn’t get the chance to get him out at the Dublin Racing Festival. Fingers crossed he stays right and he’ll go to Cheltenham as he’s a good back-up to Facile Vega.

Very impressive in winning his beginners chase, he came out and was third in the Irish Arkle. That was a good run and he ran a cracker in the Fred Winter last year. We’ve three nice cards to play in the Sporting Life Arkle and he’s one of them.

SIR GERHARD

Showed lots of stamina in beating Kilcruit in the Champion Bumper last season. He’s flat bred but won a point-to-point and has options in the Sky Bet Supreme and the Ballymore. I wouldn’t be afraid to run him in either one.

I was very impressed when he won his maiden hurdle, I thought he was very professional, but then next time at the Dublin Racing Festival he didn’t jump as well and seemed a little distracted, he was looking all around him. That was a bit disappointing whether I put cheekpieces on I don’t know. Paul banged him out in front and that’s a lonely place for a horse and maybe he wanted a lead or something alongside him. He still won which was good and he’s an exciting horse.

Sir Gerhard - exciting prospect

He was unlucky to fall on the first day and won well next time. He’s in the Sky Bet Supreme and the Ballymore and I’d be looking towards the first of those with him at this stage but he has the option of the handicaps too.

TORNADO FLYER

He ran a great race in the John Durkan and then Danny went over to Kempton with our plan in the King George and it worked out fantastically for him. We’re looking at the Gold Cup now with a King George winner who was staying on the finish. Maybe they went too fast at Kempton and ran themselves into the ground, but they can do that in a Gold Cup too.

Three-and-a-quarter miles on an undulating track is new to him but for the first time this fellow is putting a second half of the season together. He used to fade away after Christmas but this year is more mature and coming right. We’ve nothing to lose and maybe another two furlongs over a stiffer track is what he’s looking for.

He was beaten first time out at Punchestown but we’d heard a lot about Gordon’s horse (Pied Piper) so while disappointed to get beat, they were clearly two very good horses who came clear of the rest. We thought our fellow might improve but Gordon’s might too.

Vauban went on to win the Spring at Leopardstown and it’s going to be an intriguing race in the Triumph, it will probably come down to who jumps best on the day. They’re probably not far apart in terms of ability. It’s nice for Rich and Susanna Ricci to have another nice horse to go to the Festival with.

Vauban: the one to beat in the Triumph Hurdle

We’ve a strong hand in the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle .

I’d imagine CONCERTISTA will probably go for the Mrs Paddy Power Chase but STORMY IRELAND , BURNING VICTORY and ECHOES IN RAIN are all possible runners.

The first two both have previous good Cheltenham form and I think Echoes In Rain is improving all the time. Stormy Ireland won the Relkeel and that run looks hard to get past to me.

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Willie Mullins: 2022-23 Stable Tour

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Willie Mullins, the winningmost trainer in Cheltenham Festival history, talked Sporting Life readers through some of his incredible team for the 2022-23 jumps season.

Article first appeared on sportinglife.com on Sunday 23 October

Adamantly Chosen Adamantly Chosen has had a busy year because he had a full novice season and then we gave him a very small break because we thought he had a great chance in the Galway Hurdle. But then at Galway on summer ground it looked like he wanted two and a half miles. We sent him over fences and he's made a fantastic start and he'll go to the Drinmore and if he keeps improving he'll carry on down that two-and-a-half-mile novice chase route. Possibly as the ground gets softer he might come back to two miles, but we'll see what happens.

Allaho Allaho is well over 17 hands but he's very athletic. Last year we started off in the John Durkan but this year we might have a go at the King George so the option would be to start a bit earlier. If the ground was nice for the Clonmel Oil we might do that. There's lots of talk about whether he should go for the Cheltenham Gold Cup but I haven't had a chat with Cheveley Park - Mrs Thompson or Richard - and they have A Plus Tard for the Gold Cup, so I think this fellow should go for a Ryanair. To go back and win a third Ryanair would be a good plan to me, anyhow. We'll see how things work out.

If he goes for the John Durkan he might miss Christmas and then go back to Thurles for the Kinloch Brae and then on to Cheltenham. It's one or the other, but Kempton could be something to look forward to. [If he won the King George] people would say why not go for the Gold Cup? But he is by No Risk at All and the extra two furlongs in the Gold Cup up that hill just might stretch him. He's got lots of class, this fellow, and the Gold Cup would take huge stamina so I'm not so sure. Maybe he's developing more stamina as he's getting older but I'd be happy if someone said you're guaranteed another Ryanair Chase. His forte is galloping and jumping and it’s difficult to do that over three and a quarter miles, and I'd hate to break his heart doing it.

Allegorie de Vassy Allegorie de Vassy has some great form beating Brandy Love at Fairyhouse, albeit when Brandy Love hung across the track, and she's a lovely big mare. I sort of thought we could be going down the Mares' Hurdle route. However, she has the size and scope to go chasing and she'll probably start schooling shortly. If she goes well, why not? There's every chance she could go chasing.

Appreciate It Appreciate It is doing everything right and I'm looking forward to getting him over fences this season. We just hope we can keep him right and keep him sound. He's a big horse so we're looking forward to getting him going over fences.

Ashore Diamond Ashroe Diamond is schooling well and could be a smart novice over two miles this season.

Authorized Art Authorized Art has won three chases and is stepping up every time. He'll be going for the Drinmore. We had this fellow entered in the Doncaster Sales last year but we said we'd go over fences first and he's been fantastic and has kept on improving. He's a nice type.

Blizzard of Oz He's a four-year-old by Arctic Cosmos who was second in a Listed bumper at Limerick and split two of ours in Impulsive Dancer and Mercurey. It was an eye-catching performance and we know exactly what the form is, unlike when buying one from a point-to-point. Having already been placed in a Listed bumper you'd like to think he could win a bumper no problem and maybe step up to a graded bumper.

Blue Lord Blue Lord looks like he'll be going down the Champion Chase route. He could probably step up in trip, but he's plenty fast enough over a fence. He won the Irish Arkle, was placed in the Sporting Life Arkle at Cheltenham and then came back and won at Punchestown, so will step up now into open company. He'll probably go to the Fortria, Poplar Square or Hilly Way to start the season and see where he takes us from there, maybe Leopardstown at Christmas, maybe the Dublin Racing Festival and back to Cheltenham.

Brandy Love Brandy Love has a huge engine. She probably prefers going left-handed, but she won right-handed at Fairyhouse, beating the Cheltenham Mares' Novices' Hurdle winner after nearly running off the track. It's something we worry about but it's the way she is and Paul is getting more used to her and we're getting more used to her as well. I imagine she'll stay hurdling and aim for the Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Bring On The Night Bring On The Night's Flat form at Ascot looks fantastic now after Coltrane's exploits, so we'll try to keep his mark ready for Ascot next year. Unfortunately he got an injury at Ascot or shortly afterwards so he'll miss the first part of the season. Normally we would go chasing with the likes of him, but we want to have a Flat campaign, so I might just keep him over hurdles. However, Stratum won over fences before going on to win the Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot so it's been done before.

Capodanno He's only six and I think he could be a Gold Cup horse at some stage. There's a chance we might start him off in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury and work our way from there. Maybe head to Leopardstown at Christmas or maybe the King George if he ran fairly well before that. He's a horse with a nice bit of potential and I think he could improve a lot at his age.

I think stepping up to three miles on good ground suited him and I think there's huge improvement in him. We'll have to have a word with connections and see which way they'd like to campaign him as they have a lot of other horses, so we'll see what happens, but I think he's a Grade 1 horse every day of the week.

Chacun Pour Soi Chacun Pour Soi is back and in good form. I think I'm going to be more experimental with his trip this season. He's such a good jumper which is why he's been at two miles but I've no doubt he'll be able to stay further so we could see him in a lot of different races to the ones he's been running in so far.

Champ Kiely Champ Kiely is a nice horse for Michael Masterson from the Pat Doyle academy. We brought him to Galway and he won very nicely over two miles and five. Then I thought let's give him a crack at a good two-mile race down in Tipperary and he was a revelation back at two miles. It completely surprised me with the authority that he won by as I had pencilled him in as a two-and-a-half-mile horse. We'll have a look at the Royal Bond and have the chance to make him a winter novice. Michael, like all owners, would love a horse going to Cheltenham with a live chance and if I can keep this fellow right and find his optimum trip he looks a nice prospect.

Dark Raven Dark Raven is going to be a nice prospect going over hurdles. He met with a little setback early last season so we put him by for the campaign. He's a nice jumping type, and I'd say a staying type over hurdles.

Dinoblue Dinoblue jumps so well that she could go chasing. I'll have to have a word with connections at Martinstown to see which direction they'd like to go. If she doesn't go chasing I'd say she's well entitled to go down the Mares' Hurdle route if she brings her A-game to the track. She was just a little disappointing after winning well first-time last season.

Dr Eggman Dr Eggman ran very well when third behind Icare Desbois and Lecky Watson in the George Mernagh Tattersalls bumper at Fairyhouse as I thought he was very unfurnished and the greenest of all the horses. For him to finish in the top three was a tremendous performance. Whether he will stay in the bumper division or go hurdling I'm not sure - he might be just as well staying in bumpers this season.

Dysart Dynamo He was very sharp over his hurdles last season. He'll go novice chasing as he looks more of a chaser than a hurdler and I'd imagine we'll keep to the minimum trip.

Echoes In Rain Echoes In Rain had a fantastic Flat season and was just shaded out of the Irish Cesarewitch. We'll have another go at the Mares' Hurdle at Cheltenham and plot a route to that target.

El Fabiolo El Fabiolo looks like one of the best potential novice chasers we have. He was second to Jonbon at Aintree, which was a fantastic run on only his second start over hurdles for us. He looks every inch a chaser and with the sort of speed and ability he showed over hurdles he has to be a huge contender for the Sporting Life Arkle.

Elimay Elimay is back and is big as a house. She has done hugely well during the summer, but she is a mare that carries a lot of condition. She's good and strong and well in herself, she'll probably take the same route as last season.

Energumene He had a really good season last time and will probably start in the Hilly Way. I'm not sure I want to go to the Tingle Creek with him but we'll leave the door open for the time being. After Christmas then we have the choice of going to Ascot for the Clarence House to take on Shishkin again.

He could do that and go on to Cheltenham, but plans are fluid and I just hope all these horses stay sound. I think we probably got our tactics right the last time even though Shishkin obviously wasn't at his best, you could see that by the time he jumped the second fence. If he makes it back we should have some great clashes.

Facile Vega I was really taken with his win at Cheltenham, coming from the position he did at the back of the field with all that muck and mud flying. I didn't think any horse would come through that. When Patrick moved on him he took into a different gear and that's what he shows at home. He has a huge amount of ability. We'll go novice hurdling and hopefully he's good enough for the Supreme or Ballymore, either one would do me. He probably looked more of a stayer the way he won his bumper, but he has plenty of class so we'll see how he jumps. His dam Quevega went back to Cheltenham six times and won every time and was easy enough to get ready. He's one we're really looking forward to. I don't know where I'm going to start him off - we'll wait for ground, the right opportunity.

He doesn't have to go to a Leopardstown or Punchestown to start off, we've often gone down the country with our nice horses to get them going at the right time. He's a big horse but moves well, carries himself well, so we just want to keep him sound. He got a bit jarred the first time I worked him the year before he won his bumper so we had to put him by, so we're very careful with him. David Porter rides him all the time and knows him well and his main instruction at the start of the season for me was don't have him working too hard, so he tells me if he thinks we're doing too much. Quevega had a lovely temperament in the stable and he does too, he also has a lovely temperament out on the track. He's a very kind individual and does everything he's asked and is always looking to do more.

Ferny Hollow He's a horse with huge potential but he's just had a couple of niggles the last few seasons. We haven't seen the best of him, I hope. I'm going to train him very lightly and try to get him to the racetrack. Hopefully the ability that he has will shine through.

We have a few races to look at, the Fortria, the Poplar Square or the Hilly Way and I'd imagine he'd start in one of those. The Poplar Square at Naas looks the obvious choice and if he runs well there we'll go the two-mile route the whole way up to the Champion Chase and that would be the main objective.

Flame Bearer Flame Bearer looks a real novice chasing type - a Sporting Life Arkle type. Coming from Pat Doyle's I imagine he's going to be a hell of a jumper over a fence. If he is, maybe he could be a front-running two-miler. He's a horse I think wants to get on with the job and the type of horse who will jump out and be at the front end of a race. He's an exciting prospect going novice chasing for us this season and I think he could improve hugely for going over fences.

Franco de Port It's funny how he redeemed himself. We were going to sell him but then we brought him to France for the Grand Steeplechase de Paris and Danny [Mullins] gave him a great ride and he finished third. Then we revised plans and said maybe we should try a French programme with him.

He had a nice race at Gowran getting ready for a race at Auteuil on the 13th of November called the Prix La Haye Jousselin. That's about three miles and five furlongs and with prize-money down to seventh or eighth. This is in preparation to have another crack at the Grand Steep next May. It's something different but we're going to try it anyhow.

Gaelic Warrior Gaelic Warrior is probably going to be one of the best maidens going into novice hurdles this season. Looking at his performance in the Boodles when he was second after jumping to the right, which didn't help him, he looks like a horse who could be bound for the staying division. I'd say two and a half miles plus over hurdles so I'm looking at the Ballymore or Albert Bartlett at the moment. He got great experience from last season and anyone would be happy to have a maiden like him going novice hurdling this season.

Gaillard du Mesnil Gaillard du Mesnil has a big handicap written all over him. If I can get a run into him he could go for the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury, or maybe something like the Cork National. He's still a maiden so I'm wondering if he should get an entry in the Drinmore. I'd prefer to run him in a longer race as the Drinmore can be hard on horses early in the season.

Galopin des Champs The Clonmel Oil is a possibility for him but might just come a bit soon, the John Durkan is the 11th of December, which seems late but maybe we'll aim him there. If he did the Clonmel Oil he might go to Leopardstown at Christmas but if the ground was too fast, which it has been over the last few years, we might go down the Al Boum Photo route to Tramore for the Savills Chase and maybe then go to Cheltenham.

I'm trying to find a race for him around the 1st of December time. I think there's a race at Sandown for him, which we'll look at but I'm just a bit afraid of the ground down the back at Sandown which is always a bit livelier than I'd like. We've run a few horses there over the last few years and they've been fine but I've certainly had my heart in my mouth as they go so fast down the back. We'll see. He's in great form, but a little behind the others. I'd love to get him out in the Clonmel Oil if I could but it will probably come too soon.

At Cheltenham I don't think the opposition was right on the day. It looked visually to be super [until falling at the last] but it might have looked better than it was. Still, we have an exciting prospect and it's all to play for this year. He looks a real Gold Cup type. We all think he's going to be better going up in trip over three miles. He'd have to be a huge contender for the Gold Cup.

Gentleman de Mee Gentleman de Mee likes to get on with the job - he does that at home and does that on the racetrack. He might start off in the Tingle Creek. He's very forward at the moment and we're very happy with him. He'll go down the two-mile route all season.

Grangeclare West Grangeclare West is back and looks every inch a chaser. He's six rising seven so we should be going chasing, but I feel you leave a lot behind if you don't take your novice hurdle season so that's where he's probably going to go.

Hunters Yarn Hunters Yarn is a fine, big horse and I'd imagine staying novice hurdles would be his thing.

Icare Desbois Icare Desbois won the George Mernagh Tattersalls bumper at Fairyhouse. He looks a nice prospect. He won at Fairyhouse off not quite enough preparation so we were pleasantly surprised that he was able to do that with natural ability. He'll go novice hurdling and I'm hoping, looking at his performance at Fairyhouse, that he could be sharp enough to go in the two-mile division.

Il Etait Temps Il Etait Temps looks a really nice type for novice hurdles this season. We ran him in a few graded races last season and he was very keen, but he picked up invaluable experience which should help him. He's going to have to settle better but he looks a real prospect to be a graded horse this year.

Impulsive Dancer Impulsive Dancer is by Dragon Pulse and looks like a Flat horse. He's just 16 hands and very strong - he looks like a six-or-seven-furlong horse - but he loves soft ground and stays. He's here, schooling well, and he'll probably start off when there's a good dig in the ground.

James du Berlais James du Berlais had a little setback last season but he's back and doing well. We know he jumps very well and he is another horse who could be anything over fences, which is what he was bought for. He's a really exciting prospect over fences. I think he jumps well enough to go down the Sporting Life Arkle route, but he has plenty of stamina in his pedigree and he could be one for the Turners. He has the ability to be anything. He settles well and has plenty of stamina in the pedigree so we'll let him decide over the course of the season.

Kilcruit I want to go chasing with Kilcruit and I've been very impressed with how he's been on the gallops this season. I was saying to Rachel Robins who rides him everyday that he looks way better than I've ever seen before, training way better, and she concurred. She said he's giving her as good a feel as he ever has. If all that's right we might see the horse we saw as a bumper horse.

Klassical Dream We didn't get him out early last season - he must have had a little niggle - and I'm always tempted to go novice chasing with him, but sometimes he has little issues with his back and we've taken the view, at this point anyhow, that it's easier to keep him sound over hurdles. He loves a trip, three miles. I'd love to get him out before Christmas. We'll probably end up going back to Leopardstown at Christmas and then Cheltenham.

We ran him at Gowran last year and that was a bit of a spur of the moment thing which I blame myself for, getting sucked into what we thought would be an easy race and not doing enough with him after Christmas. The whole thing just didn't work out. Lesson learned for this year. The goal would be to get back to the Stayers' Hurdle, then Punchestown and maybe France again. He finished second in the French Champion Hurdle last season and that was a good payday.

Lecky Watson He was possibly unlucky when second to Icare Desbois in the George Mernagh Tattersalls bumper at Fairyhouse as he got into a little bit of trouble coming up the straight when seemingly having plenty left, and by the time he got out the race was over. He's another who is going to make a nice novice hurdler.

Lisnagar Fortune Lisnagar Fortune is a lovely horse who won well at Punchestown. He has a lovely pedigree, being a half-brother to Lisnagar Oscar who won a Stayers' Hurdle, and he would look a candidate for staying novice hurdles. He's a real chasing type.

Lot of Joy Lot Of Joy ran a cracker in the Irish Cesarewitch - I thought she had it won two down but maybe she hit the front a bit soon. She also came from a very wide draw and she didn't get the bounce of the ball. She's been very good in her schooling and I'm very happy to start her off over hurdles. She's sharp enough jumping and after winning the Swedish St Leger and finishing third in the Irish Cesarewitch she has plenty of stamina, but she's not a big, strong national hunt mare - she's more like a Flat mare - so I think nicer winter ground will suit.

Madmansgame Madmansgame has got chaser written all over him. He's a horse who could go novice chasing this year, which would be unusual, but if he does go hurdling it would probably be in the staying division.

Mercurey Mercurey is a fine horse, he looks like a chaser down the line, but at the moment he jumps hurdles well. I think he probably wants a good cut in the ground to be at his best. He's matured a lot since last year. He looked very unfurnished down at Limerick but he's put a lot of condition and muscle on so he's one I'm looking forward to.

Minella Cocooner Minella Cocooner will be going over fences. He shows plenty more at home [than The Nice Guy] but sometimes can be a bit keen on the racetrack, which means he will probably come back in trip. He could maybe go the two-and-a-half-mile route, but he's another very good jumper so we're looking forward to him and The Nice Guy going novice chasing.

Monkfish Monkfish is back in training but I'm not going to press any buttons. If I can get him out before the end of the season I can't see myself aiming him for Cheltenham. If by any chance he comes forward I'd love to get a run into him at Punchestown towards the end of the season or something like that. He just hasn't recovered in the way I would have expected him to recover. At the moment he's fine but I don't want to go too fast and be out again, so I'm just going to take it very, very steady. I wouldn't be putting any ante-post bets on for Cheltenham.

Seabank Bistro Seabank Bistro is a real chasing type with a nice chasing pedigree. He'll go hurdling this season and is possibly an Albert Bartlett type.

Sir Gerhard He's been very good and we're very pleased with him, he's coming along nicely now. We had Dysart Dynamo for the Supreme so we said we'd go for the two-and-a-half mile race with him. I thought he was fast enough for the two-mile race but we just divided up our horses and it worked out for him. He disappointed back at Punchestown but he'd disappointed previously at Punchestown after Cheltenham and it might not be the ideal thing to do with him. I think he’s good enough to go down the Champion Hurdle route but I'd prefer to go novice chasing. I'd like to discuss it with Mrs Thompson and everyone at Cheveley Park first, but I'd be heading towards the novice chase route. I don't know about the quality of the point-to-point he won, but it shows he's well able to jump fences. He had one or two different runs over hurdles jumping-wise, and I'm a little worried about that, but who knows, maybe he's going to be a better chaser than hurdler?

Sharjah Sharjah had a little setback but is back in training again. He'll probably start off in the Morgiana and will be aimed at Leopardstown at Christmas to do what some of the best hurdlers didn't do and win that race five times. He loves the Christmas track at Leopardstown but has been disappointing at the Dublin Racing Festival. Hopefully he'll go to Cheltenham and be a contender for the Champion Hurdle and it would be great if he could reach the first three.

State Man I think he could be good enough to have a go at the Champion Hurdle, to go down that route. However, he could be a fantastic novice chaser. I haven't really got around to thinking about it, but he's good enough to do either. I'm leaning towards hurdling with him at the moment, but we'll see, we might give him a few pops over fences. I'll probably start doing a bit of jumping next week and see how he takes to it. My gut feeling is he'll probably stay over hurdles but I want to chat to Paul Townend about it, bring him in on the decision-making, so it's still up in the air.

Stattler Stattler won the National Hunt Chase and it has been a great indicator of good horses over the years - over the last few years Grand National and Gold Cup horses have come out of it. He could be a National horse. I'll aim for the top with him, start him off like he could be a Gold Cup horse but certainly a trip will be no trouble to him and jumping will be no trouble to him, so we'll be aiming him at those top staying chases.

The Nice Guy (*The Nice Guy has been ruled out for the season following publication) The Nice Guy has been a revelation for us. He keeps his best work for the racetrack. We were delighted when he won his bumper and surprised when he won his winners' bumper. We said we'd have a go over hurdles, even though it was late in the season, and he won, then went to Cheltenham and won again and then won at Punchestown. He has a lovely pedigree but is more of a hurdler on looks. But he'll go novice chasing rather than the staying hurdling route and can go back there if he doesn't make it over fences. He looks like a stayer, so will be in the staying division in novice chases. What we've seen of him jumping he jumps very well and naturally, so I don't think he'll have any problems over fences.

Tornado Flyer Tornado Flyer ran a cracker in the John Durkan last year and then won the King George under a superb ride from Danny [Mullins]. I'd say something similar would be the plan this year, having another crack at the King George before going to Cheltenham and Punchestown. He seems to run best early in the season and then tapers off a bit, but he's a horse who has been very slow to mature so we'll see if we can eke out a bit more and get his best form later in the season.

Vauban He's only four turning five and looks a Champion Hurdle prospect. The obvious place to start off is in the Fishery Lane at Naas which is a four-year-old hurdle and in which he would carry a penalty. But I'm going to give him an entry in the Morgiana and we'll see how he works between now and then. Maybe he'd be just as well going to the Morgiana and taking on the big boys. He's stepping out of novice company now and it's tough for four-year-olds turning five to take on those Champion Hurdle horses but he's going to have to do it at some stage, so we'll see how he progresses, but everything is going well at home.

All being well he'll line up at Cheltenham in March for the Champion Hurdle. Sometimes I wonder if they miss that then go to Aintree for the two and a half mile hurdle that seems to be better for five-year-olds, I don't know why but that seems to work better than the Champion Hurdle, but that's all in the future. I think he's as good a juvenile as I've seen for a while but it's a big step up and we'll see. I think he'd have no bother staying [two and a half miles]- it's not where I want to go but he'd have no bother. He's done well over the summer and I've no negatives at all about him.

Whatdeawant Whatdeawant was third in the Ballymore and looks like a staying novice chaser this season. Hopefully he'll improve over fences.

A selection of pointers and recruits from France...

Chapeau de Soleil He came here with a nice reputation from Colin Bowe's after winning his point and has been doing everything nicely. He's only four so I'd imagine he will go down the bumper route.

Fancy Girl Fancy Girl is a flashy chestnut filly with a white face and she's by Champs Elysees. We got her from Cormac Doyle after she won her point-to-point well and we're hoping she could be one of our leading mares in the bumper division this season. She's an eye-catching specimen.

Impaire et Passe Impaire et Passe is a really nice individual who jumps very well and he'll go novice hurdling. He won a Flat race at just over a mile and a half on soft ground in France and he looks like a really nice prospect for novice hurdling. I'm not sure what his trip is yet.

Lossiemouth Lossiemouth is a nice filly we got from France. She showed plenty when winning on her first start around Auteuil on very soft ground, so she looks to be a contender for the top juvenile hurdles this season. She's done everything right at home.

Quais de Paris Quais de Paris was third over hurdles at Compiegne on his first run. He's by Masked Marvel and is a beautiful looking, big horse. He's shaped like a hurdler but I think he possibly could be a top chaser in time. He'll go hurdling this season and being by Masked Marvel you'd think he wants a trip, but he looks very sharp at home on the gallops and we'll just let him tell us later on in the season which way to go. I think he could do anything and is a very nice individual to be looking forward to over hurdles this season.

Soir De Garde He's an unraced half-brother to State Man and we bought him out of France last year. He's schooling well and galloping well and I'm hoping he'll be a really nice prospect for Mrs Donnelly to start off in bumpers this season.

Spanish Harlem We bought him at the sales in France after winning first time up at Auteuil. We brought him home and gave him a good break and I think he's matured hugely. He'll probably stay novice hurdling this season. He's by Spanish Moon out of a Doctor Dino mare, so there's nice bit of stamina on the sire's side and a bit of speed on the dam's side, he jumps very well, goes on soft ground, has experience and is related to a nice horse we had called Roi des Francs. He's a really nice jumping type, probably more of a chaser than hurdler.

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He did little wrong, and I said at the time and full credit to Emma (Lavelle) and her team with Paisley Park that he gave us 20 lengths start and still won and it was a very solid performance.

If I can get him back to where we were at Ascot he has got to be there or thereabouts. Ascot was really his first race for a really long time as he didn't have a race in the Gold Cup.

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The last race he actually had was in the Game Spirit at Newbury and whether he just bounced after Ascot we just don't know. He was a better horse at Ascot than he was on Trials Day.

His problem in the Gold Cup was that he walked through the first, demolished the second and was pulled up before he fell over the third and it was a disaster.

Something was ailing him, and we had to work on it and the general feeling was that the less pressure you had to put on him jumping wise to keep it down to the minimum, so it was easier to jump hurdles than fences. He was in the Gold Cup, but it seemed the obvious thing to go for the Stayers' Hurdle.

Nico de Boinville riding Chantry House clear the last to win the Paddy Power Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham

Chantry House

He will definitely go for the Gold Cup. The trial wasn't earth shattering but we have reason to believe we have a little more up our sleeve.

He hasn't really had a race since Aintree - he had a solo spin around Sandown, and he had a two mile gallop in the King George it didn't work at all.

We put the cheekpieces on at Cheltenham and had talked about putting them on for the King George but the way he schooled and worked before the race he was flying.

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He was coming back from the gallops like he was a two-year-old, but I thought he didn't need the cheekpieces and I was wrong. We put them on in the Cotswold and I don't say they made a great deal of difference, but they helped him get focused.

He was good and he got stuck in. I know the runner-up (Santini) pretty well and he was second in a Gold Cup. It is possibly very solid form and I think the Gold Cup has opened up a lot.

Nothing has jumped off the front page and stamped his authority on the race and it is up for grabs.

Constitution Hill is as short as 2/1 for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle after Tolworth Hurdle victory

Constitution Hill, Jonbon

Supreme Novices' Hurdle

Constitution Hill would stand there all day and would just lie down for you and that's the way he just behaves through life.

They both worked on Saturday, and they have not worked with each other and will not work with each other. They would both get two and a half and it would ruin the party if we worked them together.

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I don't want them ripping up trees and having dust-ups here as they would do too much. They are very, very good. With Constitution Hill, nothing will worry him, and he is very straightforward.

They are both good rides in the race - Jonbon can be a bit keen in the race sometimes but there is no danger of Constitution Hill being too keen.

Nico (de Boinville) will ride Constitution Hill and Aidan (Coleman) will ride Jonbon. If we had run him again nobody was going to take him on and there wasn't anywhere else to go where you were going to get more than four or five runners in which case, he would just be doing the same thing.

Jonbon cruises to victory at Ascot

They were both excellent this Saturday and they will work this Saturday and the following Saturday and that will be about it.

Constitution Hill is very laid back and will probably want to do more work than Jonbon, but Jonbon has had that extra run at Haydock, and you wouldn't want to wind him up.

They will jump a hurdle at one stage - we will let them jump four hurdles, but we will probably do that the week before.

Willie (Mullins) has a couple and there is going to be plenty of opposition but it's the best race to win on the whole card as if you get one on the board it takes the pressure off.

Champion Hurdle

She will probably go to Kempton for a gallop, and she has done that before. She is in very good form, and we are very, very happy.

We set off at the start of the season and JP (McManus) said we have two objectives this year - the Fighting Fifth and the Christmas Hurdle - and we nearly got it. We got one and a half anyway.

I thought she was great at Kempton, and she really looked like her old self. She was hurdling like she used to and to be honest she tanked Nico into the race, and we don't always want to go that early, but she was all for getting home and getting back in bed as she was off and was good.

Epatante impressed with her slick jumping as she won the 2021 Christmas Hurdle at Kempton

Nico is absolutely adamant there is no way she would get two and a half. She has been in totally different form this year and last year it all went a bit pear shaped after she won the Fighting Fifth.

I think she is at least back where she was when she won her Champion Hurdle - it may not have been the strongest field in the world, but I do think we are back in the right place.

We are getting very good vibes from her, and her form is good and it is the way that she has been doing it that I have liked and the way she has been doing it at home.

Honeysuckle is going to be very hard to beat she has looked and looked faultless, but we have all had horses that look like that and some day they come to an end. Altior got to 19 and all of a sudden thing went wrong.

I Am Maximus, Walking On Air

Ballymore Novices' Hurdle

Walking On Air and I Am Maximus would be our two for the Ballymore.

I Am Maximus's form is very good - that horse of Henry Daly's Hillcrest is a good horse and I think we nearly had him going to the last, but he might have just stayed a bit better than we did but it was still a good performance, and he will definitely run.

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I think he is a classy horse.

We decided not to run Walking On Air on Wednesday - he is very good and took Newbury well but there were a couple of weeks where he wasn't just moving like I would have wished.

I would have liked to get another run into him, but Nico is confident that if any horse can do it on one run it is him as he's so professional. Nico is happy enough to do it.

Marie's Rock

Mares' Hurdle

She is going for the Mares' race, and I am quietly looking forward to that. I think she is pretty good - she gets two and a half.

I thought she was an absolute rocket to start with and then she went wrong literally the week before Cheltenham when she was favourite for the Mares' Novice.

Marie's Rock enjoyed victory at Kempton on Boxing under jockey Adrian Heskin

Last year I couldn't find her at all but this year she has come straight back except for the Lanzarote where she jumped straight into the back of another horse.

That wasn't her fault otherwise he has been very good. She stuck her next out at Warwick and she quickened and galloped right the way to the line and was very strong at the end.

You would think the two and a half there is going to suit her. I am quite looking forward to running her.

Champion Chase

There's no way he can be a banker - it was a fantastic race at Ascot, and everybody loved it apart from Willie and myself and one of us knew we were going to go down.

It was great Shishkin came out in front but there wasn't that much between them, and it looked like he had us in trouble too. He is a tough horse this - Willie is going to throw in Chacun Pour Soi too and you never want to underestimate him, and he could still be a big player.

There was only a length between them the other day and two months later the other way round possibly helps us but there is not much in it. He seems in very good form, and he hasn't schooled since, but he doesn't need too but he will do next week.

Nico De Boinville and Shishkin

I would expect the same sort of tactics will be employed and I am there will be a good pace whatever happens. He has a different style of racing to an Altior or Sprinter Sacre and doesn't have a similar exuberance and doesn't stand of a mile away.

You would think he would get two and a half miles but there is no rush, and the Champion Chase is the Champion Chase and the one that we want.

Everyone got the race that they wanted at Ascot and yet it hasn't spoilt the Champion Chase - there is very much room for round two. If one of them had won by ten lengths, you may have thought otherwise but it didn't.

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Willie Mullins Stable Tour: younger horses

The 17-time champion trainer in ireland on his his bumper horses, juvenile hurdlers and novice hurdlers primed for punchestown..

  • Wednesday 17 April 2024
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Such is the strength of Mullins’s team for the Punchestown Festival, attheraces.com’s Kevin Blake divided them into older and younger horses before speaking to him about their prospects. Here is what Willie had to say about his bumper horses, juvenile hurdlers and novice hurdlers.

Absurde (FR)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Fastnet Rock (AUS) - Incroyable (USA) (Singspiel (IRE))
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Next Race: Curragh, 20 Jul 2024 16:15
  • Form: 127/217-
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Form profile

A 144-rated hurdler, he has won two of his five starts over hurdles including the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

Trainer says

We were delighted with him in the County Hurdle. He’s entered in the KPMG Champion Novice Hurdle over two miles at Punchestown and he’ll be in the mix for that. He’d also have the option of a handicap hurdle too. Longer term, we’d like to get him back to Australia. He ran great in the Melbourne Cup, but we might have a look at the Caulfield Cup over a mile-and-a-half too.

Asian Master (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Shirocco (GER) - Wakare (IRE) (Yeats (IRE))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 30 Apr 2024 15:40
  • Result: 5/9, prominent, improved to 2nd after 2nd, took closer order 3 out, dropped to 3rd and under pressure after 2 out, weakened in 5th before last

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A 144-rated hurdler, he has won two of his three starts over hurdles and most recently finished fourth in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

We’ll give him entries in the Grade 1 novice hurdles over two miles and two-and-a-half miles and we’ll make a decision closer to the time. He ran really well in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, and I came away wondering whether we should have run him in the Gallagher Novices’ Hurdle instead. He’s going to be a lovely novice chaser next season.

Ballyburn (IRE)

  • Breeding: Flemensfirth (USA) - Old Moon (IRE) (Old Vic (UK))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 03 May 2024 18:35
  • Result: Won/6, tracked leader, ran freely, slight mistake 5th, 2nd halfway, pushed along and led early straight, 3 lengths clear last, kept on well run-in

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A 163-rated hurdler, he has won three of his four starts over hurdles including a Grade 1 novice hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival and the Gallagher Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

He did even more than I hoped he would do at the Cheltenham Festival. He really impressed me. Everyone was raving about him after Leopardstown, but I wasn’t necessarily fully on board. When I saw how he came up the hill at Cheltenham, that changed. What he did, I would be comparing him to the likes of Faugheen or Vautour. A real top-end performance. He can go any trip we need him to at Punchestown and we’ll slot him in whichever race suits best closer to the time.

Bunting (FR)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Bathyrhon (GER) - That's Crazy (IRE) (Lord Shanakill (USA))
  • Last Race: Killarney, 14 May 2024 20:20
  • Result: 3/4, tracked leader in 2nd, pressed leader 4f out, ridden in 2nd over 2f out, no impression 1 1/2f out, no extra in 3rd inside final furlong, kept on one pace

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Made a winning hurdling debut in a maiden hurdle at Limerick’s Christmas meeting and went on to finish a good fourth in a Grade 1 juvenile hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival before finishing mid-division in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

He’ll run in the Ballymore Champion Four Year Old Hurdle. We were a bit disappointed with his finishing effort in the Triumph Hurdle, but he’s better than that.

Dancing City (FR)

  • 7-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Feel Like Dancing (UK) - Solitaire City (FR) (Loup Solitaire (USA))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 01 May 2024 16:15
  • Result: Won/7, held up in 7th, not fluent 1st and 6th, went 5th from 8th, headway travelling well into close 3rd 2 out, pushed along and led before last, ridden and strongly pressed inside final furlong, stayed on well close home

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A 151-rated hurdler, he has won three of his five starts over hurdles including Grade 1s at the Dublin Racing Festival and Grand National Festival.

Stepping up to three miles has made a huge difference to him. We had a very big opinion of him when we bought him and we finished last season a little bit disappointed, but splitting Ballyburn and Slade Steel in a winner’s bumper at the Punchestown Festival doesn’t read too badly in hindsight! He’s entered in the Channor Group Novice Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival, and we’d like to run there if he’s in good form.

High Class Hero (GB)

  • Breeding: Sulamani (IRE) - Mil Et Une Nui Flo (FR) (Turgeon (USA))
  • Result: 2/7, tracked leaders in 5th, dropped to 6th at 8th, headway on outer into 4th entering straight, improved into close 2nd when mistake at last, ridden run-in, strongly pressed winner inside final furlong, kept on same pace close home

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A 145-rated hurdler, he has won four of his five starts over hurdles, but was pulled up in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on his latest outing.

We were obviously very disappointed with him at Cheltenham. He scoped clean afterwards, so we aren’t sure what the issue was. He’s entered in the Channor Group Novice Hurdle and can hopefully get back on track there.

Jade De Grugy (FR)

  • 5-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Doctor Dino (FR) - Diane De Grugy (FR) (Ballingarry (IRE))
  • Last Race: Fairyhouse, 31 Mar 2024 14:35
  • Result: Won/17, tracked leaders, 5th halfway, progress travelling well before 2 out, ridden in 3rd after 2 out, stayed on into 2nd last, led run-in, kept on well to assert closing stages

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A 146-rated hurdler, she has won three of her four starts over hurdles including the Honeysuckle Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle at Fairyhouse in March.

We’d like to go again with her, and we’ve entered her in the Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.

Jasmin De Vaux (FR)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Tirwanako (FR) - Que Du Charmil (FR) (Grand Seigneur (FR))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 01 May 2024 16:50
  • Result: 8/12, mid-division on outer, took keen hold, ridden 4f out, soon no impression, moderate 10th 2f out, kept on one pace, never a factor

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Made a winning debut in a point-to-point for Stuart Crawford at Loughanmore in April and has won both starts in bumpers for Mullins including the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival.

The plan is to run him in the Race & Stay At Punchestown Champion I.N.H. Flat Race at Punchestown. He’s put on a nice bit of condition since Cheltenham and I’m very happy with how he looks.

Kargese (FR)

  • 4-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Jeu St Eloi (FR) - Rive Gauche (FR) (Shaanmer (IRE))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 04 May 2024 16:50
  • Result: Won/10, towards rear, 9th after 2 out, switched to outer and strong run to go 5th before last, soon ridden and kept on well run-in to lead over 100 yards out

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A 137-rated hurdler, she has won three of her seven starts over hurdles including the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival. She most recently finished second in both the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the equivalent contest at Aintree’s Grand National Festival.

She has some engine! To pull so hard and still give Sir Gino such a race at Aintree was something else. We’re going to have to change a few things with her. If we can get her to settle in a race, she is a real machine I’d say. She’s big enough to go chasing in time and those horses often settle way better over fences. She’s entered in the Ballymore Champion Four Year Old Hurdle and we’ll see how she is closer to the time.

Majborough (FR)

  • Breeding: Martinborough (JPN) - Janimone (FR) (Lavirco (GER))
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 15 Mar 2024 13:30
  • Result: Won/12, close up, tracked leaders 3 out, joined leader and every chance approaching last, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on

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A 147-rated hurdler, he made a promising start for Mullins when a close third in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival and won the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on his next start.

He’s gone home to Martinstown for the summer. He’s a big, beautiful horse that is really one to look forward to next season. I’d imagine he’ll go novice chasing.

Mirazur West (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Westerner (UK) - Mirazur (IRE) (Good Thyne (USA))
  • Result: 4/6, led, ran freely, 2 lengths clear halfway, pushed along and headed early straight, dropped to 4th before last, no extra

willie mullins stable tour 2022

A 138-rated hurdler, he has won two of his four starts over hurdles including a Grade 2 novice hurdle at Fairyhouse in March.

I think the switch back to front running was a big help to him last time. He’s entered in the Grade 1 novice hurdles over two miles and two-and-a-half miles. His mark gives him options in handicaps too, but we’ll see what the lads want to do. He looks a lovely novice chaser in the making for next season.

Mystical Power (IRE)

  • Breeding: Galileo (IRE) - Annie Power (IRE) (Shirocco (GER))
  • Result: Won/9, rear of mid-division, 7th after 4th, headway in 3rd approaching straight, closed last, led closing stages, kept on best

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A 148-rated hurdler, he has won three of his four starts over hurdles including the Top Novices' Hurdle at Aintree.

We’ll see how he is closer to the time, but I’d like to run him again at Punchestown. His only entry is in the KPMG Champion Novice Hurdle over two miles, and we’d like to run him there if he’s in good form.

Readin Tommy Wrong (IRE)

  • Breeding: Authorized (IRE) - Roque De Cyborg (IRE) (High Chaparral (IRE))
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 15 Mar 2024 14:50
  • Result: PulledUp/13, in touch, headway 5 out, weakened approaching 2 out, pulled up next

willie mullins stable tour 2022

A 148-rated hurdler, he has two of his three starts over hurdles including the Lawlor’s Of Naas Novice Hurdle at Naas in January. He was pulled up in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival on his latest start.

He has picked up an injury and won’t be running at Punchestown.

Salvator Mundi (FR)

  • Breeding: No Risk At All (FR) - Stacicaya (FR) (Saint Des Saints (FR))
  • Last Race: Tipperary, 15 May 2024 17:30
  • Result: Won/13, made all, soon well clear, distance ahead halfway, not extended

willie mullins stable tour 2022

Made a promising debut when second in a Listed juvenile hurdle at Auteuil and finished sixth in the Triumph Hurdle on his first start for Mullins.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with him yet. He’s entered in the Ballymore Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown, but we might hold on and look to win a maiden hurdle in May.

Storm Heart (FR)

  • Breeding: Storm The Stars (USA) - Shayalina (FR) (Sagamix (FR))
  • Result: 4/10, tracked leaders, 7th halfway, pushed along on inner to go 4th entering straight, switched to outer and challenged in 2nd when mistake last, ridden in 4th and kept on again run-in

willie mullins stable tour 2022

A 138-rated hurdler, he made an impressive winning hurdling debut at Punchestown prior to finishing second in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival and finishing fifth in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

He’s an intended runner in the Ballymore Champion Four Year Old Hurdle.

Tullyhill (FR)

  • 6-y-o; g gelding
  • Breeding: Martaline (UK) - Ragtime (FR) (Le Havre (IRE))
  • Result: PulledUp/9, led, headed after 1st, 3rd after 2nd, took closer order 3 out, lost place and weakened after 2 out, pulled up before last

willie mullins stable tour 2022

A 149-rated hurdler, he has won two of his four starts over hurdles including a Listed novice hurdle at Punchestown in February.

He is an intended runner at Punchestown and has entries in two of the Grade 1 novice hurdles. We never got to the bottom of his run at Cheltenham. He went out like a light, and we were very disappointed. We couldn’t find anything wrong with him afterwards. He worked particularly well the week before Cheltenham, maybe he left his best behind him in that gallop? He was in serious form on the gallop yesterday, he was pulling his rider’s arms out. Hopefully he comes back to himself at Punchestown and we’ll sort out his target closer to the time.

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Talking points from Willie Mullins' stable tour ahead of the Cheltenham Festival

With the likes of Al Boum Photo, Faugheen, Chacun Pour Soi and Un De Sceaux in the team, it looks like another good Cheltenham Festival is on the way

  • 16:41, 19 FEB 2020
  • Updated 16:55, 19 FEB 2020

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The Cheltenham Festival's leading trainer Willie Mullins has a strong team again this year led by 2019 Gold Cup hero Al Boum Photo.

With many top horses in contention, including Faugheen, Chacun Pour Soi and Un De Sceaux, it is highly likely he will be adding to his 65 successes.

He has won The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award at six of the last nine meetings and sent out a record-breaking eight winners in 2015.

Mullins has built up a formidable team of horses at his Co Carlow base and has been Ireland's champion trainer for the last 12 seasons.

Here are a couple of talking points as he ran through his team from Closutton on Wednesday:

Bullish of another big run from Al Boum Photo

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For many the eight-year-old was a shock winner of the Gold Cup in 2019, at odds of 12/1.

Although he arrived with an unexposed profile, he had enough to find on the ratings.

But he scored well to give Mullins a first Gold Cup after several luckless attempts.

However, now he has won one, he has plenty of confidence the chaser can emulate Kauto Star - the only other Gold Cup winner to get his title back.

"I think he has a fantastic chance," the trainer said.

No decision made over Faugheen

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The evergreen 'machine' does not have a Festival target set in stone, Mullins said earlier.

The 12-year-old's success on February 2 raised the roof at Leopardstown and he is twice a winner at the world famous meeting.

"He is well after his run in Leopardstown, but myself and Rich (Ricci, owner) haven't spoken about it (Cheltenham)," Mullins said.

"Rich actually text me last night because he knew the press were coming this morning and he said to me 'do remember we haven't spoken about it'!

"I was delighted that he was able to come back and win two Grade Ones and he's been in great shape since his last run.

"I couldn't get over the reaction in the stands in Leopardstown. If I was ever moved at a race meeting - and I'm not normally - that was the day.

"He got the best reception I've ever seen."

Un De Sceaux to run in Champion Chase

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It looks one of the races of the meeting on paper, with former two mile king Altior, in-form Defi Du Seuil and high-flying stablemate Chacun Pour Soi all set to lock horns.

The highly anticipated three-way clash has not deterred owner Edward O'Connell though, in the aftermath of fellow veteran Faugheen's recent exploits.

Un De Sceaux has run in the Ryanair Chase for the past three seasons, winning it in 2017.

He was last seen over the minimum trip there the year before, when he was odds on, but had no answers to a resurgent Sprinter Sacre.

"My connections are very keen to go to the Champion Chase with Un De Sceaux," he said.

""He still retains a huge amount of ability at his age. I'd love to see lots of rain for him - I think that will be crucial.

"I think part of the plan could be for Patrick (Mullins) to ride him. It's probably going to be his last hurrah in Cheltenham."

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Willie Mullins Stable Tour: younger horses

The ten-times top trainer at the cheltenham festival reveals his bumper horses, juvenile hurdlers and novice hurdlers to kevin blake..

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Aurora Vega (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Walk In The Park (IRE) - Quevega (FR) (Robin Des Champs (FR))
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 01 May 2024 18:35
  • Result: 3/14, tracked leaders on inner, ridden in 3rd 2f out, soon switched right, 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong
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Form profile

A full-sister to Facile Vega, she has won all three of her starts in bumpers this season including a Listed mares’ bumper at Gowran Park.

Trainer says

I’m giving her a break now. She’s won three bumpers already and we’ll aim her at the Graded mares’ bumper at the Dublin Racing Festival. That’s her main target of the season. I don’t think she’ll ever be one to send chasing, so we’ll be happy to take our time and go novice hurdling with her next season.

Ballyburn (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth (USA) - Old Moon (IRE) (Old Vic (UK))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 03 May 2024 18:35
  • Result: Won/6, tracked leader, ran freely, slight mistake 5th, 2nd halfway, pushed along and led early straight, 3 lengths clear last, kept on well run-in

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A winning point-to-pointer, he won both his starts in bumpers last season including a winner’s bumper at the Punchestown Festival.

He was very impressive in both his starts last season, but he was very hard on himself both days. I’m hoping that hurdles will help settle him down. He needs to settle better and learn how to race. He won’t get away with being that free when he steps up in class over hurdles. On pedigree, he’s bred to stay well, but with his method of racing at the moment, he is probably a Supreme Novices’ Hurdle horse.

Batman Girac (FR)

  • 4-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Bathyrhon (GER) - Mangenie (FR) (Irish Wells (FR))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 04 May 2024 16:50
  • Result: 6/10, towards rear, 9th halfway, pushed along on inner after 2 out, briefly went 5th before last, soon no extra and kept on one pace

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Won over hurdles at Compiegne in April prior to changing hands and joining Mullins.

He’s a nice type of horse. His work here so far has been good and hopefully he’ll make up into a Triumph Hurdle type.

Blizzard Of Oz (IRE)

  • Breeding: Arctic Cosmos (USA) - Definite Jt (IRE) (Definite Article (UNR))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 01 May 2024 15:05
  • Result: 4/17, mid-division, dropped to rear of mid-division and not fluent at 3rd, progress when briefly bumped entering straight, headway into 2nd before last, improved to dispute lead when mistake at last, ridden and headed early run-in, 3rd inside final furlong, 4th and no extra close home

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Won a bumper at Cork in March and finished second in a Grade 2 bumper at Aintree in April.

He’s a big, chasing type of horse. He’ll go novice hurdling and looks more of a stayer.

Bunting (FR)

  • Breeding: Bathyrhon (GER) - That's Crazy (IRE) (Lord Shanakill (USA))
  • Last Race: Killarney, 14 May 2024 20:20
  • Result: 3/4, tracked leader in 2nd, pressed leader 4f out, ridden in 2nd over 2f out, no impression 1 1/2f out, no extra in 3rd inside final furlong, kept on one pace

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Made a winning debut in a maiden on the Flat at Fontainebleau in March prior to changing hands.

He’s just back in and looks a lovely dual-purpose type. He jumps well and I’m looking forward to getting him out.

Chapeau De Soleil (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Soldier of Fortune (IRE) - On Line Tara (IRE) (Kayf Tara (UK))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 04 May 2024 17:25
  • Result: Won/23, towards rear, 16th after 2 out, progress in centre to go 6th last, soon ridden and kept on strongly to lead close home

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The winner of a point-to-point, he finished second in a bumper at Fairyhouse prior to finishing down the field in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival.

He’s a nice horse that was a bit disappointing last season. His work is very good, and he is likely to go novice hurdling. He might just need hurdles to help cool him down.

Daddy Long Legs (FR)

  • 5-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Almanzor (FR) - Private Eye (FR) (American Post (UK))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 30 Apr 2024 16:15
  • Result: Won/24, towards rear, 14th after 4th, travelled well and headway after 3 out, led narrowly 2 out, asserted and clear before last, kept on well, easily

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Beaten a short-head on his debut in a maiden at Saint-Cloud in May 2022 prior to changing hands for €210,000.

He’s a nice dual-purpose type of horse. He’s doing everything right and is likely to be out shortly.
  • 5-y-o; chestnut mare
  • Breeding: Recorder (UK) - Miss Clem's (FR) (Barathea (IRE))
  • Last Race: Clonmel, 11 Jan 2024 14:10
  • Result: 2/14, led, ridden and pressed before 2 out, joined 2 out, soon narrowly headed, under pressure in 2nd when mistake last, no extra run-in, kept on same pace

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Won a Listed race on the Flat in France in September 2022 prior to changing hands for €200,000 the following month.

She a lovely dual-purpose filly that will go novice hurdling this season.

Ethical Diamond (IRE)

  • Breeding: Awtaad (IRE) - Pearl Diamond (GER) (Areion (GER))
  • Last Race: Ascot, 21 Jun 2024 16:25
  • Result: 4/19, raced wide early and took keen hold tracking leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, well held and lost two places towards finish

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Rated 88 on the Flat, he won a maiden at Limerick for Michael O’Meara prior to changing hands for 320,000gns.

He was bought off the Flat and is a dual-purpose type. I hope he can be a top novice hurdler, but I’d also think he’s the type for a Cesarewitch or the likes of that.

Fun Fun Fun (IRE)

  • Breeding: Martaline (UK) - Ocean Breeze (IRE) (Presenting (UK))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 30 Apr 2024 15:40
  • Result: PulledUp/9, rear, 9th before 5th, weakened and detached after 3 out, no extra, never a factor, pulled up before last

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Won two bumpers last season including the Grade 2 mares’ bumper at the Dublin Racing Festival.

She’ll go novice hurdling. She was impressive in bumpers and can hopefully transfer that to hurdles.

Gold Dancer (FR)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Doctor Dino (FR) - Steel Dancer (FR) (Kaldounevees (FR))
  • Last Race: Fairyhouse, 31 Mar 2024 15:10
  • Result: 4/11, mid-division early, tracked leaders from 3rd, 5th halfway, ridden and no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace

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Formerly trained in France where he won a hurdle race in May.

He’s going to be a nice novice hurdler and the experience he got in France will stand to him.

Highwind (FR)

  • Breeding: Zarak (FR) - Forecaster (UK) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
  • Last Race: Killarney, 14 May 2024 19:50
  • Result: 10/12, mid-division, pushed along briefly 4f out, ridden and no impression 3f out, soon no extra

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Formerly trained on the Flat in France by Christopher Head for whom he won a maiden at Deauville.

He’s a lovely dual-purpose prospect that can hopefully make up into a Triumph Hurdle horse.

Icare Desbois (FR)

  • 6-y-o; g gelding
  • Breeding: Triple Threat (FR) - Sologne (FR) (April Night (FR))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 08 Jun 2024 13:22
  • Result: 2/6, tracked leaders in 2nd, improved to dispute lead travelling well entering straight, ridden approaching last, headed at last, kept on same pace in 2nd inside final furlong

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Made a winning debut in a valuable bumper at the Fairyhouse Easter Festival in 2022.

He’s back on the scene after missing last season and will go novice hurdling. He is most likely a two-miler.

It's For Me (FR)

  • 6-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Jeu St Eloi (FR) - Ugoline (FR) (Dom Alco (FR))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 16 Nov 2023 14:05
  • Result: Won/22, tracked leader, took keen hold, 2nd halfway, led after 4 out, joined next, travelled well to lead entering straight, ridden and pressed briefly run-in, asserted closing stages, comfortably

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A winning point-to-pointer, he won a bumper at Navan in January prior to finishing fifth in the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival.

He was a smart bumper horse that will go novice hurdling.

Jasmin De Vaux (FR)

  • Breeding: Tirwanako (FR) - Que Du Charmil (FR) (Grand Seigneur (FR))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 01 May 2024 16:50
  • Result: 8/12, mid-division on outer, took keen hold, ridden 4f out, soon no impression, moderate 10th 2f out, kept on one pace, never a factor

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Made a winning debut in a point-to-point for Stuart Crawford at Loughanmore in April.

He’s a lovely type of horse. He’ll be one for a bumper.

Jit Langy (FR)

  • Breeding: Karaktar (IRE) - Anglica (FR) (Secret Singer (FR))
  • Last Race: Leopardstown, 04 Feb 2024 13:40
  • Result: 5/10, held up towards rear, 8th at last (usual 2 out), pushed along in 6th and no impression entering straight, went 5th over 1f out, kept on one pace

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Made a winning Irish debut in a maiden hurdle at Tipperary in May.

He looked a real nice type when winning at Tipperary. He’s probably more of a Ballymore type I think.

Kargese (FR)

  • 4-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Jeu St Eloi (FR) - Rive Gauche (FR) (Shaanmer (IRE))
  • Result: Won/10, towards rear, 9th after 2 out, switched to outer and strong run to go 5th before last, soon ridden and kept on well run-in to lead over 100 yards out

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Formerly trained in France where she won two of her three starts including a Grade 3 fillies’ juvenile hurdle in May.

She already has plenty of experience and form in the book in France. She could be one for the Triumph Hurdle or the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.

Majborough (FR)

  • Breeding: Martinborough (JPN) - Janimone (FR) (Lavirco (GER))
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 15 Mar 2024 13:30
  • Result: Won/12, close up, tracked leaders 3 out, joined leader and every chance approaching last, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on

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Made a winning debut in a hurdle race at Auteuil for Daniela Mele in April.

He’s a lovely looking horse. He has great presence. A big, chasing type of horse. He won a good class of race and I think he could be a top juvenile hurdler. Looking at him, he could be a top chaser.

Mirazur West (IRE)

  • Breeding: Westerner (UK) - Mirazur (IRE) (Good Thyne (USA))
  • Result: 4/6, led, ran freely, 2 lengths clear halfway, pushed along and headed early straight, dropped to 4th before last, no extra

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A full-brother to Ferny Hollow, he fell when in front at the final fence in his only start in a point-to-point and made a winning racecourse debut in a bumper at Naas in March.

He’s a full-brother to Ferny Hollow and is doing everything right. He’s going novice hurdling and could be up near the top of the pecking order amongst the novice hurdlers.

Mystical Power (IRE)

  • Breeding: Galileo (IRE) - Annie Power (IRE) (Shirocco (GER))
  • Result: Won/9, rear of mid-division, 7th after 4th, headway in 3rd approaching straight, closed last, led closing stages, kept on best

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Made a winning debut in a bumper at Ballinrobe and followed up in a novice hurdle at the Galway Festival

He’s on a break at the minute and I’d be hoping to have him back around Christmas time.

Ocastle Des Mottes (FR)

  • Breeding: Castle Du Berlais (FR) - Oktavia Des Mottes (FR) (Lando (GER))
  • Result: 19/23, mid division, mistake 2nd, pushed along on inner after 2 out, soon ridden and no impression

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Formerly trained in France where he won twice over hurdles this year.

He’s a nice type of horse that I haven’t got stuck into yet. He’s two or three bits of work away from us getting an idea of where we are with him.

Predators Gold (FR)

  • Breeding: Masked Marvel (UK) - Shabby Gold (FR) (Irish Wells (FR))
  • Result: 3/6, tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, pushed along entering straight, ridden and no impression approaching last where slight mistake, no extra run-in

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Made a winning debut in the Goffs Defender Bumper at the Punchestown Festival.

He won his bumper well and looks a staying type for novice hurdles.

Redemption Day (GB)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Blue Bresil (FR) - Cutielilou (FR) (Astarabad (USA))
  • Result: Won/12, in rear, off pace at halfway, good headway 3f out, improved to lead travelling well 2f out, soon pushed along, ridden clear 1f out, stayed on strongly, comfortably

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Made an impressive winning debut in a bumper at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting and went on to finish second in the Champion Bumper at the Punchestown Festival in 2022. He missed all of last season.

He’s back and in full work. He might not get to the track until Christmas, but I’m very happy with how he has progressed since he’s come back in. He showed a lot of speed in his bumpers.

Salvator Mundi (FR)

  • Breeding: No Risk At All (FR) - Stacicaya (FR) (Saint Des Saints (FR))
  • Last Race: Tipperary, 15 May 2024 17:30
  • Result: Won/13, made all, soon well clear, distance ahead halfway, not extended

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Made a promising debut when second in a Listed juvenile hurdle at Auteuil.

He’s just back in. He could be a top-class juvenile hurdler

Tullyhill (FR)

  • Breeding: Martaline (UK) - Ragtime (FR) (Le Havre (IRE))
  • Result: PulledUp/9, led, headed after 1st, 3rd after 2nd, took closer order 3 out, lost place and weakened after 2 out, pulled up before last

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A winning point-to-pointer, he made a winning racecourse debut at Gowran Park prior to finishing second in the Punchestown Champion Bumper.

He’s a big, chasing type. He’s one to go novice hurdling and is more so one for the Ballymore or the Albert Bartlett I’d say. He’s more of a three-mile chaser in the long term.

You Oughta Know (IRE)

  • Breeding: Beat Hollow (UK) - Pont De Alma (FR) (Soldier of Fortune (IRE))
  • Result: 11/12, mid-division, ridden and dropped to 10th 3f out, weakened

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Unbeaten in two starts in bumpers at Kilbeggan in May and at the Galway Festival.

I thought he was very impressive in his bumpers, so I wanted to give him a chance to be a good horse by giving him a break and looking to get him back in novice hurdles later in the season.

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Willie Mullins Stable Tour: older horses

The all-conquering trainer talks kevin blake through running plans for his novice chasers, older hurdlers and older chasers at punchestown 2024..

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Ashroe Diamond (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Walk In The Park (IRE) - Saine D'esprit (FR) (Dom Alco (FR))
  • Trained by: W P Mullins
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 04 May 2024 15:42
  • Result: 3/5, held up in rear, moderate 4th at 4th, took closer order after 4 out, 3rd 2 out, no impression and weakened before last
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A 144-rated hurdler, she has won four of her eight starts over hurdles including the Grade 1 Honeysuckle Mares’ Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse in April and a Grade 2 mares’ hurdle at Doncaster on her latest outing.

Trainer says

She has been covered by Blue Bresil and will have one more run before retiring. She’ll have a few options and we won’t make a decision until closer to the time.

Blood Destiny (FR)

  • 5-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: No Risk At All (FR) - High Blood (FR) (High Yield (USA))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 02 May 2024 16:15
  • Result: PulledUp/17, mid-division, not fluent and bumped at 1st, 8th 3 out, soon pushed along, soon no impression, dropped to moderate 11th 2 out and weakened, eased and pulled up before last

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A 150-rated chaser, he has won two of his four starts over fences including a Grade 3 novice chase at Navan in March.

He’s an intended runner in the Barberstown Castle Novice Chase and looked in great order this morning.

Dinoblue (FR)

  • 7-y-o; chestnut mare
  • Breeding: Doctor Dino (FR) - Blue Aster (FR) (Astarabad (USA))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 30 Apr 2024 17:25
  • Result: 3/9, tracked leaders, headway into 2nd and ridden 2 out, strongly pressed leader approaching last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd and no extra close home

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A 158-rated chaser, she has won five of her 10 starts over fences and most recently finished second to Limerick Lace in the Mares’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

She’s entered in the William Hill Champion Chase and coming back to two miles won’t be a problem. She ran very well when second in the Mares’ Chase at Cheltenham and it might have been a different result with different tactics.

El Fabiolo (FR)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Spanish Moon (USA) - Sainte Mante (FR) (Saint Des Saints (FR))
  • Last Race: Sandown, 27 Apr 2024 15:00
  • Result: 2/7, raced keenly, tracking leaders, jumped slowly 4th, rallied next, hit 6th, went 2nd 8th, hit 4 out, mistake and lost 2nd 3 out, outpaced before not fluent next, went modest 2nd post, no chance with winner

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A 175-rated chaser, he has won all six of his completed starts over fences including four Grade 1 races.

He’s entered in the William Hill Champion Chase at Punchestown, but at this stage it looks like we’ll aim him at the Celebration Chase at Sandown. He wasn’t quite right when he came back from Cheltenham, so we just gave him a little break to let him find his feet again. He’s been bucking and kicking for the last few mornings, so he looks back to himself. He’s fit as a flea, so he’ll just need a couple of bits of work to put him bang on.

Embassy Gardens (GB)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Shantou (USA) - Adriana Des Mottes (FR) (Network (GER))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 30 Apr 2024 18:00
  • Result: PulledUp/7, tracked leader in 2nd, 3rd after 1st, 4th at 9th, under pressure after 3 out, weakened to rear 2 out, pulled up before last

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A 150-rated chaser, he has won two of his three starts in novice chases including a Grade 3 contest at Naas in January.

We would like to run him at Punchestown, and he has an entry in the Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase over three miles. I wouldn’t be against trying him over an even shorter trip.

Fact To File (FR)

  • Breeding: Poliglote (UK) - Mitemps (FR) (Trempolino (USA))
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 13 Mar 2024 14:10
  • Result: Won/6, held up towards rear, well in touch 15th, challenged going well final bend, led 2 out, shaken up to assert flat, easily

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A 159-rated chaser, he has won three of his four starts over fences including a Grade 1 novice chase at the Dublin Racing Festival and the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

He is finished for the season and has gone home to Martinstown. We couldn’t be happier with how he finished up his season at Cheltenham and he’s one to be very excited about for next season.

Gaelic Warrior (GER)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Maxios (UK) - Game Of Legs (FR) (Hernando (FR))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 02 May 2024 17:25
  • Result: 2/4, tracked leader in 2nd, improved to dispute lead entering straight, led and jumped right 2 out, soon ridden, headed after last, kept on same pace in 2nd inside final furlong

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A 167-rated chaser, he has won three of his four starts over fences including a Grade 1 novice chase at Limerick’s Christmas meeting and the Arkle Challenge Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival.

He just lost the plot a bit at Leopardstown. There was a lot of music there that day and I don’t think he wanted to face the music! We put the hood on him as well as dropping him in trip at Cheltenham, which is sort of contradictory, but it seemed to work well. He was a much easier ride and put up a professional and impressive performance. He has the Celebration Chase at Sandown as an option, but if El Fabiolo goes there, I’d say Gaelic Warrior will probably stay home for the Barberstown Castle Novice Chase. We wouldn’t usually put a novice into open company like that, but we’ll keep our options open.

Galopin Des Champs (FR)

  • Breeding: Timos (GER) - Manon Des Champs (FR) (Marchand De Sable (USA))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 01 May 2024 17:25
  • Result: 2/9, led early, headed 2nd, dropped to 3rd at 4th, close 3rd 3 out, ridden in 3rd before next, went 2nd and chased winner before last, stayed on well run-in, not reach winner

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A 179-rated chaser, he has won nine of his 12 starts over fences including eight Grade 1 contests, most notably the last two renewals of the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.

We’ll go again with him, and the Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup is his target. It’s going to be tough for him, he was beaten in the race last year, though himself and Bravesmangame probably went at it from a long way out and made themselves vulnerable. He seems in great form. He turns up every time we run him and runs his race. He’s hardy and has a brilliant constitution.

Il Etait Temps (FR)

  • 6-y-o; g gelding
  • Breeding: Jukebox Jury (IRE) - Une Des Sources (FR) (Dom Alco (FR))
  • Result: Won/4, tracked leaders in 3rd, slight mistake 3 out and briefly pushed along, headway into 2nd and ridden 2 out, improved to lead after last, stayed on well inside final furlong

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A 154-rated chaser, he has won three of his five starts over fences including a Grade 1 novice chase at the Dublin Racing Festival and the Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree.

I don’t think he underperformed that much at Cheltenham. I think he’s just learning all the time and settling better. He is getting more relaxed as the season progresses and looked much more like the finished article at Aintree. To look at him, he’s not a traditional chasing type at all. He’s only 16 hands, maybe 16-1, and is a real French type in that he is quite narrow. When I saw him walking around the parade ring at Aintree, I remember thinking to myself that I might not have ever seen a horse move so well in a parade ring. The way he was striding out hugely impressed me. The little break he got after Cheltenham really seemed to stand to him. I know he’s been beaten a few times at Cheltenham and maybe a flatter track suits him best, but I’m not sure about that. I think we’ll go again with him, and the Punchestown Barberstown Castle Novice Chase would look to be the race for him.

Impaire Et Passe (FR)

  • Breeding: Diamond Boy (FR) - Brune Ecossaise (FR) (Le Fou (IRE))
  • Last Race: Sandown, 27 Apr 2024 16:10
  • Result: Won/8, held up off the pace in 6th, good headway out wide before 2 out, led 2 out, ridden and came clear run-in, stayed on strongly

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A 161-rated hurdler, he has won five of his eight starts over hurdles including the Aintree Hurdle in April.

We are looking to run him again and if he goes to Punchestown he’ll have to take on State Man in the Punchestown Boodles Champion Hurdle. I’ll have a chat with the owners in due course, but France would be an option for him too.

Lossiemouth (FR)

  • 5-y-o; g mare
  • Breeding: Great Pretender (IRE) - Mariner's Light (FR) (Gentlewave (IRE))
  • Result: Won/5, tracked leader, 2nd to clear leader at 4th, took closer order before 4 out, closed 3 out where mistake, soon led, asserted and clear before last, very easily

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A 155-rated hurdler, she has won seven of her eight starts over hurdles including the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2023 and the Mares’ Hurdle at the same meeting this year.

I was absolutely delighted with her at Cheltenham, and it looks like she’s coming on-song in her bid for the Champion Hurdle next year. She has an entry in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle, but the Coolmore N.H. Sires Bolshoi Ballet Irish EBF Mares Champion Hurdle is her target. When you look at her on the track you think she’s a little grey mare, but when you stand into her you get a fright! She’s more like 16-2. She’s very well proportioned.

State Man (FR)

  • 7-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Doctor Dino (FR) - Arret Station (FR) (Johann Quatz (FR))
  • Last Race: Punchestown, 03 May 2024 18:00
  • Result: Won/4, tracked leader, 2nd halfway, headway early straight, pushed along and led approaching last, edged right early run-in, ridden and kept on well

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A 169-rated hurdler, he has won 11 of his 14 starts over hurdles including nine Grade 1 races.

State Man turns up to every dance and runs his race. He’s a wonderfully straightforward horse in every way and is building up a serious list of wins. We’ll go again with him in the Punchestown Champion Hurdle and I’m sure he’ll do us proud again.

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Willie Mullins is 10-1 to win UK trainers’ title and that’s a dangerous price with his superstar team of Galacticos

  • Published : 12:58, 21 Oct 2022
  • Updated : 12:58, 21 Oct 2022

WILLIE MULLINS will be Galopin down the road to more big-race glory.

The Closutton maestro may be knocking on a bit at 66 — but he has no plans to hand over the reigns to his son Patrick just yet.

Even Frankie Dettori wants a piece of the all-conquering Willie Mullins and his stable of superstars

And his team of Galacticos will take some stopping.

Such is his squad strength only a couple of star strikers from Britain would even make it into a Mullins top 50.

Last year he set a Festival record with 10 winners and, incredibly, needs just 12 more to make it 100 winners at jumping’s jamboree.

Given his sheer dominance in Ireland, the great man has always wanted to win the UK trainers’ title and he is 10-1 to do it. The bookies are taking a risk with that price.

The top trainer is dreaming of a third Gold Cup and he has his very own pin-up boy in Galopin Des Champs.

The good-looking six-year-old was a revelation over fences last season enjoying a stellar novice campaign. After his imperious win at Fairyhouse, Mullins said ‘he looks like a Gold Cup contender’.

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And the yard isn’t short of a back-up or two either with Allaho, Capodanno, Monkfish and Stattler all more than able substitutes.

Especially Allaho, who is already a champion in his own right. A dual winner of the Ryanair, he looked unstoppable when bolting up by 14 lengths in the Punchestown Gold Cup.

The high-class chaser is 6-4 favourite for the King George and a big win there and connections might not be able to resist a shot at gold.

Energumene, who famously runs in the blue and white silks of Brighton owner Tony Bloom, sets the standard in the two-mile division.

He hacked up in the Champion Chase and was equally as impressive at Punchestown.

His Clarence House clash with Shishkin lives long in the memory. Yet Energumene might not have it all his own way at home with Grade 1-winning stablemates Ferny Hollow and Gentleman De Mee already prominent in the Champion Chase betting.

Mullins has won the Champion Hurdle four times and he has two live contenders in State Man and Vauban.

Galopin Des Champs looks every inch the Gold Cup winner in waiting... if he can stay upright

However, only a brave man would bet against Consititution Hill or reigning champ Honeysuckle in that.

It’s in the novices that Mullins has his best ammo to fire. Champion Bumper hero Facile Vega heads a long list of top prospects over timber.

But don’t forget Gaelic Warrior, James’ Gate, Madmansgame and Redemption Day — they should all reach the top.

In the novice chase department, look no further than Closutton.

Over two miles Mullins has Appreciate It, Dysart Dynamo, El Fabiolo, Kilcruit and Sir Gerhard.

And the staying novice chasers are equally as exciting with Allegorie De Vassy, Minella Cocooner and The Nice Guy all set to take high rank.

Mullins has won 12 Champion Bumpers and has stocked up for the future. Chapeau De Soleil was a private buy for Rich Ricci and is 16-1 to make it lucky 13 for Mullins.

Another top prospect to watch out for is Fact To File, who has been bought by mega-bucks J P McManus.

Of course, it is not all about the Mullins monopoly.

Henry De Bromhead, 49, has won two Gold Cups, two Champion Hurdles, a Champion Chase and a Grand National in the last two years.

However all the glory on the track has been put into perspective after the tragic death of his young son Jack in a pony racing accident.

It will be a hard season for De Bromhead and, understandably, he says he is taking it ‘one day at a time’.

No victory will ever feel the same again but he has a superb team in Waterford and, of course, two of the best horses in jump racing.

His two powerhouses are A Plus Tard and Honeysuckle.

A Plus Tard was astonishing in the Gold Cup when winning by 15 lengths.

There are doubts about the horses he beat but he can be backed at 4-1 to retain his crown and will again start in the Betfair Chase at Haydock.

Honeysuckle can also be backed at a knocking 4-1 to win a third Champion Hurdle. She is the queen of Knockeen and has won all 16 starts, including 12 Grade 1s and two Champion Hurdles.

A win double on De Bromhead’s tow big guns is 24-1 and you even nick a small profit each-way.

The 2021 Gold Cup winner Minella Indo is not the force of old, but De Bromhead still loves Bob Olinger.

Envoi Allen has lost his aura of invincibility, but there are races to be won with him while Grand National hero Minella Times could be one to thrive in Cross Country races.

Will Honeysuckle and Rachael Blackmore win a third straight Champion Hurdle?

Looking to the future, De Bromhead’s novice chase prospects Journey With Me, Life In The Park and Quilixios have all schooled well and there are a couple in the Bumper ranks worth looking out for. An Tobar was a private purchase for Robcour and expectations are high.

Barry The Butcher will also be staking a claim as one of the best around.

Talking of meaty lads, we come to big Gordon Elliott.

The 44-year-old has won all the big ones bar a Champion Hurdle has been busy at the sales with big-spending owners not shy in flashing the cash.

Better Days Ahead cost a cool £350,000 and is expected to pay that back by winning the Champion Bumper.

Croke Park was a £400,000 buy for Gigginstown and watch out for Deeply Superficial. It took 385 big ones to sign her up after she hosed up in her point-to-point.

Gold Cup runner up Galvin heads the yard’s established stars and should be set for another good season after a slick return at Punchestown.

The eight-year-old goes for the Grade 1 Chase at Down Royal early next month and will be hard to beat.

Conflated is another Gold Cup contender for Cullentra House. He may have been a shock winner of the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown last season, but there was no fluke about it. He’s likely to join Galvin at Down Royal.

Dual Grade 1-winning hurdler Mighty Potter is the apple of Elliott’s eye and he looks a serious contender for the Arkle at Cheltenham.

American Mike is another held in high regard by Elliott and will surely reach the top over hurdles.

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Gerri Colombe and Minella Crooner could be big players against the staying novice chasers and Sire Du Berlais, Teahupoo, Three Stripe Life and Zanahiyr will all more than pay their way.

However Elliott, like the rest of us, knows we all live in Willie’s world.

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