Willie Mullins is another jockey turned trainer in a similar ilk to rival Paul Nicholls. Based from Closutton, County Carlow, Mullins one of three sons of the late trainer Paddy Mullins. His two most well know current horses are double Champion Hurdle winner Hurricane Fly along with five time Mares champion hurdler Quevega. Mullins himself now has a son, Patrick, who is an amateur jockey in Ireland and rides regularly for his father. Its safe to say that Willie Mullins comes from a family who’s lives are all dedicated to horse racing. Mullins is the out and out favourite for the top trainer at the 2016 Cheltenham festival and is currently a best price 1.07 with Skybet, Click here for a £20 free bet (source: Odds checker 8/3/16). That would make it four Cheltenham festivals on the trot if he does indeed win.
Willie Mullins’ horses – Vautour
Vautour is regarded as a strong candidate for Willie Mullins. With two festival wins already under his belt Mullins has entered him in to the Champion Chase, the Ryanair Chase and the Gold Cup.
Vautour won the Supreme Novices Hurdle back in 2014 and then won the Novice’s Chase in 2015. This shows he is not phased by the big occasion and even though this horse has seen a defeat to Cue Card back on Boxing Day he only has first and second place finishes on his jump race record.
He is steady on his feet, jumps well and finishes strongly. A very good each way option here if he races int he Gold Cup or Champion Chase and a good ‘to win’ option if he races in the Ryanair Chase.
Willie Mullins’ horses – Annie Power
William Mullins has said in interviews that Annie Power will run in the Champion Hurdle where she is the current favourite at just under 2/1. The Cheltenham festival has been somewhat of a bogey for Annie Power in the past. Her only two races that she has failed to win has been right here in 2014 and 2015.
She came second to More of that in 2014 and suffered a horrific fall at the last in 2015. Since then she has recovered well and has continued on her winning ways. Can she overcome her apparent to festival stage-fright to romp home in first place here? I certainly hope so!
Willie Mullins’ horses – Faugheen
Faugheen is one of Mullins’ big success stories. It has twelve first place finishes from thirteen lifetime jumps with other finish being a second place finish. Faugheen was beaten by Nichols Canyon back in November at Punchestown.
Faugheen has since exorcised those demons by blowing Nichols Canyon away at Leopardstown in January.
Faugheen also ran a fanstastic race in last year’s festival in the Champion Hurdle seeing off some of Mullin’s other legendary horses. Hurricane Fly and Arctic fire were no match in this race come the finish line.
Unfortunatley, Faugheen will not be appearing at this year’s festival due to a sore suspensory. This has thrown the betting markets wide open and has led to Annie Power and Nichols Canyon being offered as favourites in this year’s Champion hurdle.
Willle Mullins’ stable other possible runners
Here’s some of the horses that are expected to run for Willie Mullins that are worth keeping your eye on.
Un De Sceaux
Vroum Vroum Mag