Willie Mullins

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William Peter Mullins (born 15 September 1956)[1][2] is an Irish racehorse trainer and former jockey.

Career[edit]

He commenced racehorse training in 1988 [3] having previously worked as an assistant to his father Paddy Mullins and Jim Bolger. Willie is a former six times amateur champion jockey in Ireland, winning the 1983 Aintree Fox Hunters' Chase on Atha Cliath and the 1996 Cheltenham Bumper on Wither Or Which.[4]

He is the trainer of the 2005 Grand National winner Hedgehunter and the 2011 and 2013 Champion Hurdle winner Hurricane Fly and trained the horse, Vautour in the 2016 Ryanair Chase. He is also trainer of the six times David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle champion, Quevega.[5] In the 2015 Cheltenham Festival Willie Mullins trained 8 winners which is a joint record at the Cheltenham Festival that Gordon Elliott equalled in 2018.[6][7] He is the leading most winning trainer at the Cheltenham festival and was awarded in their prestigious hall of fame.[citation needed]

Mullins' long lasting relationship with Gigginstown House Stud came to an end on 28 September 2016.[8] Despite this he was the Irish Champion trainer in the 2016/17 season.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Mullins is from Goresbridge, County Kilkenny, but is based at Closutton, Muine Bheag, County Carlow, Ireland. He has a son, Patrick Mullins, who is currently an amateur jockey riding mainly in Ireland for his father. Patrick is also an assistant trainer to his father. Willie's wife, Jackie, was a successful amateur rider.[9]

Cheltenham winners (78)[edit]

Mullins is the most successful trainer in the history of the Cheltenham Festival, with 78 winners.

Other major wins[edit]

Republic of Ireland Ireland

  • Irish Gold Cup -(11) Florida Pearl (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004), Alexander Banquet (2002), Rule Supreme (2005), Kempes (2011), Quel Esprit (2012), Sir Des Champs (2013), Bellshill (2019), Kemboy (2021)
  • Punchestown Gold Cup - (5) Florida Pearl (2002), Sir Des Champs (2013), Boston Bob (2014), Bellshill (2018), Kemboy (2019)
  • Irish St. Leger - (1) Wicklow Brave (2016)
  • Irish Champion Hurdle - (6) Hurricane Fly (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), Faugheen (2016)
  • Punchestown Champion Hurdle - (8) Davenport Milenium (2002), Hurricane Fly (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Faugheen (2015), Vroum Vroum Mag (2016), Wicklow Brave (2017)
  • Punchestown Champion Chase - (6) Micko's Dream (2001), Golden Silver (2010), Felix Yonger (2015), Un de Sceaux (2018,2019), Chacun Pour Soi (2021)
  • Champion Stayers Hurdle - (8) Holy Orders (2003), Fiveforthree (2009), Quevega (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Faugheen (2018), Klassical Dream (2021)
  • Champion INH Flat Race - (10) Maringo (1995), Cousin Vinny (2008), Lovethehigherlaw (2011), Champagne Fever (2012), Shaneshill (2014), Bellshill (2015), Blow By Blow (2016), Tornado Flyer (2018), Colreevy (2019), Kilcruit (2021)
  • Herald Champion Novice Hurdle - (8) Hurricane Fly (2009), Blackstairmountain (2010), Faugheen (2014), Douvan (2015), Cilaos Emery (2017), Draconien (2018), Klassical Dream (2019), Echoes in Rain (2021)
  • Ryanair Novice Chase - (8) Barker (2009), Arvika Ligeonniere (2013), Un de Sceaux (2015), Douvan (2016), Great Field (2017), Footpad (2018), Chacun Pour Soi (2019), Energumene (2021)
  • Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle - (10) Davenport Milenium (2002), Nobody Told Me (2003), Sadlers Wings (2004), Glencove Marina (2007), Mikael d'Haguenet (2009), Un Atout (2013), Vautour (2014), Nichols Canyon (2015), Bacardys (2017), Gaillard Du Mesnil (2021)
  • Champion Four Year Old Hurdle - (8)Holy Order (2001), Quatre Heures (2006), Diakali (2013), Abbyssial (2014), Petite Parisienne (2015), Apple's Jade (2016), Bapaume (2017), Saldier (2018)
  • Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle - (6) The Midnight Club (2009), Marasonnien (2012), Killultagh Vic (2015), Bellshill (2016), Next Destination (2018), Galopin Des Champs (2021)
  • Mares Champion Hurdle - (8) Tarla (2010), Glens Melody (2013), Annie Power (2014,2015), Whiteout (2016), Benie Des Dieux (2018,2019), Stormy Ireland (2021)
  • Morgiana Hurdle - (10) Padashpan (1993), Thousand Stars (2011), Hurricane Fly (2012, 2013, 2014), Nichols Canyon (2015, 2016), Faugheen (2017), Sharjah (2018), Saldier (2019)
  • Royal Bond Novice Hurdle - (8) Alexander Banquet (1998), Hurricane Fly (2008), Zaidpour (2010), Sous les Cieux (2011), Nichols Canyon (2014), Long Dog (2015), Airlie Beach (2016), Quick Grabim (2018)
  • Drinmore Novice Chase - (3) Alexander Banquet (1999), Arvika Ligeonniere (2012), Valseur Lido (2014)
  • Hatton's Grace Hurdle - (3) Hurricane Fly (2010), Zaidpour (2012), Arctic Fire (2015)
  • John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase - (7) Florida Pearl (2001), Arvika Ligeonniere (2013), Djakadam (2015, 2016), Min (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Racing Post Novice Chase - (7) Missed That (2005), Blackstairmountain (2011), Arvika Ligeonniere (2012), Douvan (2015), Min (2016), Footpad (2017), Franco De Port (2020)
  • Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase - (4) Golden Silver (2009), Twinlight (2014), Douvan (2016), Chacun Pour Soi (2020)
  • Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle - (6) Hurricane Fly (2008), Long Dog (2015), Saturnas (2016), Whiskey Sour (2017), Aramon (2018), Appreciate It (2020)
  • Christmas Hurdle (Ireland) - (3) Mourad (2010), Zaidpour (2013), Vroum Vroum Mag (2016)
  • Savills Chase - (2) Don Poli (2015), Kemboy (2018)
  • December Festival Hurdle - (8) Hurricane Fly (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014), Nichols Canyon (2015), Sharjah (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Fort Leney Novice Chase - (2) Don Poli (2014), Monkfish (2020)
  • Greenmount Park Novice Chase - (7) Financial Reward (2008), Sir Des Champs (2011), The Paparrazi Kid (2013), Outlander (2015), Bellshill (2016), Faugheen (2019), Colreevy (2020)
  • Slaney Novice Hurdle - (7) Homer Wells (2005), Mikael D'haguenet (2009), Gagewell Flyer (2011), Briar Hill (2014), Mckinley (2015), Bellshill (2016), Next Destination (2018)
  • Arkle Novice Chase - (7) Assessed (2002), Missed That (2006), Golden Silver (2009), Un de Sceaux (2015), Douvan (2016), Footpad (2018), Energumene (2021)
  • Dublin Chase - (4) Min (2018, 2019), Chaucun Pour Soi (2020, 2021)
  • Golden Cygnet Novice Hurdle - (7) Boston Bob (2012), Pont Alexandre (2013), Sure Reef (2014), Outlander (2015), A Toi Phil (2016), Let's Dance (2017), Gaillard Du Mesnil (2021)
  • Spring Juvenile Hurdle - (4) Mister Hight (2006) Petite Parisienne (2015), Footpad (2016), Mr Adjudicator (2018)
  • Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle - (9) Alexander Banquet (1999), Champagne Fever (2013), Vautour (2014), Nichols Canyon (2015), Bleu Et Rouge (2016), Bacardys (2017), Klassical Dream (2019), Asterion Forlonge (2020), Appreciate It (2021)
  • Dr P. J. Moriarty Novice Chase - (9) Florida Pearl (1998), J'y Vole (2008), Cooldine (2009), Citizen Vic (2010), Boston Bob (2013), Ballycasey (2014), Outlander (2016), Faugheen (2020), Monkfish (2021)
  • Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final - (5) Nobody Told Me (2003), Annie Power (2013), Adriana Des Mottes (2014),Augusta Kate (2017), Laurina (2018)
  • Ryanair Gold Cup - (3) Al Boum Photo (2018), Voix Du Reve (2019), Janidil (2021)
  • Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase - (4) Kempes (2010), Sir Des Champs (2012), Valseur Lido (2015), Colreevy (2021)
  • Ladbrokes Champion Chase - (1) Florida Pearl (1999)

Saudi Arabia Saudia Arabia

  • Neom Turf Cup - (1) True Self (2021)

Australia Australia

United Kingdom Great Britain


France France


Japan Japan

Major wins as a jockey[edit]

Republic of Ireland Ireland

United Kingdom Great Britain

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clower, Michael (2007). Kings of the Turf. London: Arum Press Ltd. p. 39. ISBN 1845132793.
  2. ^ "Willie Mullins". BBC Sport. 8 April 2005. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  3. ^ Willie Mullins at Horse Racing Ireland
  4. ^ "Cheltenham Festival winners". WP Mullins. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Cheltenham Festival: Punjabi So Brave For Henderson" dailyrecord.co.uk, 11 March 2009, accessed 11 March 2009
  6. ^ "Trainer Willie Mullins scoops eighth win to break festival record". Irish Mirror. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  7. ^ Peacock, Tom (16 March 2018). "Cheltenham 2018: Final triumph crowns 'golden era' in Irish racing". The Irish Times. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Willie Mullins and Gigginstown House in split, Gordon Elliott to train Don Poli". At The Races. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  9. ^ Mullins clan immersed in the business of racing, Irish Times, 11 March 2016.

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