Breaking Down Willie Mullins, Champion Trainer

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Several trainers have cemented their names as the best to have ever entered horses in the Cheltenham Festival. Willie Mullins, the Irish Champion Trainer, always has an extremely strong stable of horses ready for the festival every year, and 2014 is no different.

Having begun his training career in 1988, Mullins has gone on to become one of the top names in the sport, regularly saddling multiple winners at national hunt racing’s biggest festivals year after year. He also counts on the services of the extremely experienced and successful jockey, Ruby Walsh, to steer his horses to victory.

The 2014 Cheltenham Festival: Willie Mullins’ Best Hopes

Hurricane Fly: Perhaps the most famous of all Mullins’ horses, Hurricane Fly is going for his third Champion Hurdle victory. At odds of 10/3 with Coral, he has a great chance of making history.

Annie Power: A real superstar in the making, Annie Power is probably going to be sent to challenge Big Bucks in the World Hurdle. At a price of 3/1, she has an excellent chance of improving on her already growing reputation.

Quevega: A consistent star of the Cheltenham festival, Quevega has won five consecutive Mares’ Hurdle titles. Entered in the race once again and an 8/11 favourite to take victory, Quevega looks set to continue her domination.

Ballycasey: A 5/1 favourite to win the always-fascinating RSA Chase on day two, Ballycasey could add a victory that could make Mullins the leading trainer at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival.

Briar Hill: With Briar Hill unlikely to drop back in trip for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, his extra stamina could instead make him an excellent entry in the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle. Racing against stablemate Faugheen, Briar Hill is an interesting 16/1 shot.

Champagne Fever: The winner of last year’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Champagne Fever is the current 7/2 favourite for this year’s Arkle Trophy. To take victory in this famous race he will have to continue building on his excellent form at Cheltenham.

Vautour: Currently a hot 5/1 favourite for the very first race of the festival, the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Vautour enhanced his growing reputation with a fantastic victory at Leopardstown in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle and looks set to go close at Cheltenham.

Faugheen: A 3/1 favourite for the competitive RSA Chase, Faugheen is enjoying a growing reputation and will be a stern test for all entrants.

With a star-studded stable, Willie Mullins is sure to go close in winning the 2014 Cheltenham Festival trainers’ trophy. 

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