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Willie Mullins fears Cheltenham withdrawals over documentation

• Overseas runners have to return negative equine flu swab• Trainer says protocols and vaccination rules are ‘confusing’Willie Mullins, Ireland’s champion trainer for the past 11 seasons, has raised fears that horses may be forced to miss this week’s C…

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Cheltenham Festival 2019 tips: Aramon leads out for top-value Mullins stable

His team is slightly down on numbers compared with the last few seasons but has major challengers for most Grade One eventsRoughly 450 horses are due to go to post at Cheltenham and, with the countdown now close to being reckoned in hours rather than d…

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Ireland set to run out a worthy winner at the Cheltenham Festival again | Greg Wood

Ireland, whose jump racing industry is roughly the half the size of Britain’s, has had more winners at the past six Festivals and boasts Willie Mullins as the most successful trainerIreland’s rugby union players are struggling to repeat last season’s S…

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Talking Horses: Willie Mullins on his main Cheltenham contenders

The Carlow trainer has a slightly reduced Festival team this year but will field plenty of big names in the major racesI think Al Boum Photo shouldn’t have any problem with the trip. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet. Continue reading…

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Apple’s Jade and Buveur D’Air set to top bill in Cheltenham Champion Hurdle

• Mouthwatering clash in prospect on first day of Festival• Bellshill strengthens hopes for Willie Mullins in Gold CupDrying ground robbed the second afternoon of the Dublin Festival meeting of several significant runners here on Sunday but Ireland sti…

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Leopardstown win makes Sharjah a Cheltenham fancy but Samcro sinks again

• Willie Mullins aiming Sharjah at Champion Hurdle• Gordon Elliott baffled by another flop from SamcroGordon Elliott’s face betrayed shock rather than surprise after the Ryanair Hurdle here on Saturday, as he watched the big-screen replay of a race whe…

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Talking Horses: Limini and Ruby Walsh return to action at Galway

Willie Mullins’s mare hasn’t been seen for more than a year but punters fancy her chances for Monday’s return to Flat racingChris Cook: Limini, who won the mares’ novice hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival a couple of years ago, returns to action at Galw…

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Corruption case against Willie Mullins’ vet described as ‘complete fantasy’

• Tim Brennan alleged to have passed inside information• His brother layed Faugheen before it was declared a non-runnerA corruption case brought against Willie Mullins’ vet has been condemned by defence lawyers as “complete fantasy”, at a regulatory he…

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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…