Talking Horses: Faugheen leads Willie Mullins’ Dublin Festival contenders

Mullins’ son and assistant, Patrick, runs the rule over their stable’s Leopardstown contenders with Cheltenham looming

Trials day at Cheltenham on Saturday will kick off three consecutive weekends of Grade Ones and prep races ahead of the Festival meeting in March, and while Gordon Elliott has several entries at Prestbury Park this weekend, the focus of his great rival, Willie Mullins, is squarely on the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown on 1 and 2 February.

“It’s very important to us with regard to the trainers’ championship,” Patrick Mullins, the trainer’s son and assistant, said. “It’s a huge weekend, so while we’re thinking of Cheltenham [in March], all of ours will be going there ready to win. You could also argue that there a slight advantage to Leopardstown not getting as bottomless like some other tracks, and so horses don’t have as hard a race.”

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