Willie Mullins

County Of Origin: Kilkenny

Date of licence: 1988

First winner: Silver Batchelor, Thurles, February 18th, 1988

Significant horses (selected): Tourist Attraction, Mystical City, Florida Pearl, Alexander Banquet, Micko's Dream, Hedgehunter, Rule Supreme, Missed That, Hurricane Fly, Sesenta, Thousand Stars, Quevega, Sir Des Champs, Annie Power, Faugheen, Vautour, Un De Sceaux, Twinlight, Nichols Canyon, Douvan, Arctic Fire, Wicklow Brave, Penhill, Yorkhill

Assoc. jockeys: Ruby Walsh, Patrick Mullins, Paul Townend, David Mullins, Danny Mullins, Katie Walsh

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From Goresbridge, County Kilkenny, and the dominant force in Irish National Hunt racing, Willie Mullins has been champion trainer every year since the 2008/2009 season. In all he trained 32 Grade 1 winners in 2015 and set a record for the number of winners at the Cheltenham festival with eight. He will forever be associated with the legendary Hurricane Fly, twice a winner of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, and who was retired from racing in 2015. In a glorious career spanning all of ten seasons, Hurricane Fly won 24 of his 32 starts over hurdles and in doing so, notched up a world-record breaking 22 victories at Grade 1 level. In his final season, Hurricane Fly landed three Grade 1 wins, including a record fifth-straight BHP Irish Champion Hurdle at his beloved Leopardstown which was to be his final success. For seven straight seasons and 30 races, he competed exclusively in Grade 1 company, his brilliance and durability enabling him set that world record of 22 Grade 1 career wins. Ten of those were in Grade 1s at Leopardstown, a venue at which he was never beaten. He was also a standing dish at Punchestown where he was a nine-time winner. He won the last three renewals of the Morgiana Hurdle at the County Kildare venue and was also a four-time winner of the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at the festival. While no stranger to high-profile success on the Flat, Mullins broke new ground when he captured his first Classic win with the Frankie Dettori-ridden Wicklow Brave, owned by Wicklow Bloodstock (Ireland) Ltd, who beat 1/7 favourite Order Of St George in the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the Curragh on Longines Irish Champions Weekend in September 2016. Just a few weeks later, it was announced that, following a disagreement over a rise in training fees, Mullins would no longer be training for leading owners Gigginstown House Stud. Close to 60 horses left Mullins' yard including the Cheltenham Gold Cup third Don Poli, Ryanair Chase runner-up Valseur Lido and dual Grade One-winning hurdler Apple's Jade. Willie Mullins reached a notable milestone in his remarkable training career when Un De Sceaux gave him his 50th Cheltenham Festival winner when taking the Ryanair Chase on March 16th, 2017. His Festival tally stands at 54 winners. To retain his trainers' championship at the end of the 2016/2017 season, Willie just go the better of Gordon Elliott. Elliott led the championship until the penultimate day of the season but had no answer to Mullins' firepower at the season-ending Irish National Hunt Festival at Punchestown. Willie set the record for the number of winners in a season with 193 in 2012/2013 and this tally was matched by Elliott in 2016/2017. 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2017/201820000€0€0€0
Winter All Weather 2016/201730010€0€1,200€1,200
Winter All Weather 2014/201531000€5,250€0€5,250
Winter All Weather 2012/2013132011€14,350€990€15,340
Winter All Weather 2011/201260002€0€750€750
National Hunt 2017/20185511621016548€2,298,975€931,155€3,230,130
National Hunt 2016/20175711801045155€3,259,713€1,320,488€4,580,200
National Hunt 2015/2016557185985853€3,357,460€1,131,645€4,489,105
National Hunt 2014/2015554187946041€3,328,275€896,978€4,225,253
National Hunt 2013/2014670185996161€3,004,590€813,189€3,817,779
National Hunt 2012/20135951931176853€3,098,285€809,774€3,908,059
National Hunt 2011/2012498138866749€2,301,505€696,208€2,997,713
National Hunt 2010/2011497106825041€1,748,715€663,533€2,412,248
National Hunt 2009/2010547146906326€2,209,960€724,166€2,934,126
National Hunt 2008/2009517136725354€2,254,955€565,945€2,820,900
National Hunt 2007/2008560110786455€1,584,660€646,843€2,231,503
National Hunt 2006/200738979533733€1,207,725€430,110€1,637,835
National Hunt 2005/200636069373939€1,168,070€319,860€1,487,930
National Hunt 2004/200532653353443€787,060€333,230€1,120,290
National Hunt 2003/200436070503745€941,565€382,975€1,324,540
National Hunt 2002/200323133351917€560,040€233,580€793,620
National Hunt 2001/200222444383218€948,354€338,112€1,286,466
National Hunt 2000/200134452553825€713,835€377,570€1,091,405
Flat 201778187109€481,750€127,225€608,975
Flat 2016207103€357,625€7,975€365,600
Flat 20154711355€237,925€59,870€297,795
Flat 2014507895€106,500€35,113€141,613
Flat 20134610573€120,650€34,285€154,935
Flat 201260111168€70,350€59,990€130,340
Flat 2011365493€32,200€34,199€66,399
Flat 2010465736€29,050€24,023€53,073
Flat 200974111045€156,300€33,040€189,340
Flat 2008941117125€100,100€61,320€161,420
Flat 200713214121317€159,775€106,385€266,160
Flat 20061421812618€186,150€67,165€253,315
Flat 2005736699€98,500€57,060€155,560
Flat 2004505583€99,000€27,595€126,595
Flat 20037353107€107,250€45,435€152,685
Flat 20021041111135€151,360€93,835€245,195
Flat 2001888667€136,814€62,547€199,362
Flat 2000827647€49,577€28,391€77,968
Flat 19991121571514€132,802€32,291€165,093
Flat 1998118315116€17,776€34,908€52,685

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