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Category: Willie Mullins

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Willie Mullins’ vet Tim Brennan denies passing on inside information

• BHA charges relate to suspicious lay bets on Faugheen • Hurdler was withdrawn before 2016 Cheltenham FestivalWillie Mullins’s vet, Tim Brennan, has been accused by racing’s ruling body of telling his brother Michael about an injury to Faugheen befor…

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Samcro fall at Punchestown caps week to forget for crestfallen Gordon Elliott

• Melon and hot favourite fall at third-last in Champion Hurdle• Samcro defeat effectively hands trainer’s title to Willie MullinsThe Champion Hurdle here was supposed to be a straightforward matter of Samcro going down to the start and coming back in …

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Faugheen overturns form book to secure trainer’s title for Willie Mullins

• Faugheen started Stayers Hurdle at 11-2 but won by 13 lengths• Mullins leads Gordon Elliot by more than €400,000 in trainer’s titleFailing to respect a former champion can be very expensive. Punters allowed Faugheen to start as the 11-2 third-favouri…

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Talking Horses: best bets for day three at the Punchestown Festival

‘That’s why Ireland’s Ireland!’ The racing gang is happy for Paul Townend, while warning him not to do it again…I’m aware that the instant forgiveness which rained down on Paul Townend will not have pleased all onlookers. Some, including those who fa…

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Townend banned for dangerous riding after dramatic Punchestown finish

• Jockey steered mount round final fence when in the lead• Rider refuses to explain move after stewards’ punishmentA raceday that was merely tense and exciting at Punchestown became submerged by inexplicable drama when the jockey Paul Townend took the …

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Tiger Roll holds on to win dramatic Grand National in photo-finish

• Davy Russell rides winner for trainer Gordon Elliott• Ireland dominate race with first four horses homeTiger Roll clung on to win an incident-packed Grand National dominated by Irish runners, going clear on the run-in but then almost being reeled in …

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Talking Horses: Total Recall may be the best bet for open Grand National

Fancied horse can deliver a second National for the trainer Willie Mullins – despite falling in the Cheltenham Gold CupTotal Recall (5.15) can prove the answer to a fantastically competitive Grand National at Aintree. Having looked like becoming a hot …

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Bright object may have fazed Bellshill in Irish Grand National, says Willie Mullins

• Initial view was wayward path that cost victory was down to fatigue• ‘Photographer’s coat or hi-vis jacket might have taken eye off fence’A rueful Willie Mullins is working on a theory Bellshill was distracted by something bright in his line of visio…

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General Principle gives Gordon Elliott his first Irish Grand National victory

• Win puts Elliott in driving seat for Irish trainers title• Willie Mullins-trained Isleofhopendreams pipped by a headGordon Elliott finally won an Irish Grand National on Monday in circumstances that could hardly have been more dramatic, his General P…

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Cheltenham day two tips: Min can defy favourite Altior in Champion Chase

• Selection will love the testing ground at the track • Vision Des Flos can upset Samcro in the openerWillie Mullins could not turn over the Nicky Henderson-trained favourite in Tuesday’s big race but he came closer than was generally expected, his Mel…

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A Cheltenham Festival run on heavy going will test horses and punters

The centrepiece meeting of the season always delivers a few surprises, but backers have had things fairly easy in recent yearsSo much has changed at the Cheltenham Festival in recent decades as it has grown to become one of the essential fixtures in th…

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A Cheltenham Festival run on heavy going will test horses and punters

The centrepiece meeting of the season always delivers a few surprises, but backers have had things fairly easy in recent yearsSo much has changed at the Cheltenham Festival in recent decades as it has grown to become one of the essential fixtures in th…

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Talking Horses: Douvan left in the Champion Chase with Ruby Walsh up

A late change of target remains possible but Willie Mullins’s two-miler now seems set to take on Altior on WednesdayHoly smokes, Douvan has been declared for Wednesday’s Champion Chase with Ruby Walsh booked to ride, despite all yesterday’s toing and f…

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Talking Horses: Douvan left in the Champion Chase with Ruby Walsh up

A late change of target remains possible but Willie Mullins’s two-miler now seems set to take on Altior on WednesdayHoly smokes, Douvan has been declared for Wednesday’s Champion Chase with Ruby Walsh booked to ride, despite all yesterday’s toing and f…

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Faugheen defeat only disappointment on great day for Willie Mullins

• Rich Ricci hopes his former champion has one last big run in him• Footpad impresses for Mullins as he lands Arkle Chase“We’ll have to keep carrying on,” Rich Ricci, the owner of Faugheen, said on Saturday as he pointed his horse towards next month’s …

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Willie Mullins’ Un De Sceaux proves an ‘iron horse’ with Ascot hat-trick

• ‘He takes his training very seriously every morning,’ says trainer• The New One achieves fourth win in Haydock’s big hurdle raceUn De Sceaux was hailed by his connections as “an iron horse” after slogging to victory in Ascot’s Clarence House Chase, b…

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Willie Mullins puts Faugheen on course for the Irish Champion Hurdle

• Hurdler will line up at Leopardstown in February• Trainer still baffled by horse pulling up last timeWillie Mullins said here on Monday that nothing has come to light to explain the dismal performance of Faugheen, the 2015 Champion Hurdle winner, at …

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Champion Hurdle favourite Faugheen pulled-up at Leopardstown

• Mick Jazz beats Cilaos Emery in shock Ryanair Hurdle result• Career of brilliant hurdler in doubt after jockey pulls horse upMick Jazz was a shock winner of the Ryanair Hurdle as favourite Faugheen suffered just the second defeat of his career after …

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Douvan, Willie Mullins’ top chaser, to miss 2018 Cheltenham Festival

• Mullins confirms Douvan will be out of action for rest of this season• Killahara Castle makes history with shock 200-1 win at ThurlesWillie Mullins confirmed on Sunday that his top chaser Douvan will miss the rest of the season. The seven-year-old, w…

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Talking Horses: Hoping that fiery tearaway Yorkhill follows Gold trail

One can go mad hoping that Willie Mullins sends a particular horse a certain way but the signs are encouraging about this Festival winnerThose of us who want to see Yorkhill in a Gold Cup got some encouragement from an Irish Times piece yesterday, pred…