Willie Mullins is best known for his record-breaking National Hunt exploits.
A multiple champion trainer in Ireland, he has guided the careers of many great champions and he heads into the 2021 Cheltenham Festival long odds-on to add to his record tally of 72 winners. His principal hopes will include two-time Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo. Hedgehunter also gave him Grand National glory in 2005.
He is the son of legendary Irish trainer, the late Paddy Mullins, who trained for 52 years and enjoyed his last big win at the age of 84 when Vintage Tipple won the Irish Oaks in 2003. Willie’s brothers Tom and Tony are also trainers. His son, Patrick, assists him.
He was champion amateur jump jockey in Ireland six times and won the Aintree Foxhunter over the Grand National fences aboard Atha Cliath in 1983 and the Cheltenham Champion Bumper aboard Wither Or Which in 1996.
Not content with being dominant over jumps, he has also enjoyed considerable success on the Flat – mostly with stayers who have first distinguished themselves under the National Hunt code.
Max Dynamite, above, won the Lonsdale Cup at York for him in 2015, while he had a one-two in the 2018 Doncaster Cup when Thomas Hobson beat Max Dynamite.
His Simenon was beaten a neck by Estimate in the 2013 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and he has also gone close in the QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup, not to mention Melbourne Cup in Australia.