Willie Mullins Stable Preview. 50 Horse Feature. (2018-2019)


Its time for the second edition of my National Hunt Previews and it my annual Stable Preview for my favourite National Hunt trainer which is of course none other than Willie Mullins. The Preview will feature a mix of 50 of the old favourites from the stable as well as the up and coming younger horses in the yard.

This is merely my opinion on where I think each horse will end up so it really is one big game of Willie Mullins Bingo. I’ve tried my best to find as much out about the current situation of each horse in regards to possible injuries and retirements, so if i’ve missed a few, many apologies.

Enjoy!


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BENIE DES DIEUX

(Owner: Mrs S Ricci – Form: 1111) (Age: 7)

(Benie Des Dieux enhanced her reputation with each run last season winning the Mares race at Cheltenham then going onto do the double over Apple’s Jade at the Punchestown Festival the following month. An attempt to retain those crowns this term is likely to be the plan.)

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UN DE SCEAUX

(Owner: Edward O’Connell – Form: 11211) (Age: 10)

(Un De Sceaux is one of my favourite horses of all time, his style of running really is a spectacle to see live and he’s showcased it in style at the top level for several years now. His colours were lowered in the Ryanair last season but he bounced back with a dominant success in at Punchestown in their Champion Chase defeating Douvan in the process. He’s not getting any younger but I hope there’s still something left in the locker. Last year suggests there most certainly is.)

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GETABIRD

(Owner: Mrs S Ricci – Form: 11017P) (Age: 6)

(Getabird is a tricky horse to get your head around, sometimes looks spectacular other times performs well below par, he flopped in the Supreme before bouncing back at Fairyhouse and then flopped again at Punchestown. He looked to be travelling well before meeting interference in his second start at the Punchestown Festival resulting in him being pulled up and will be hoping for some redemption within Grade 1 company this term whether that be novice chasing or hurdling.)

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FAUGHEEN

(Owner: Mrs S Ricci – Form: 1P261) (Age: 10)

(Faugheen “The Machine” made his long awaited return to the track in the Morgiana last year and looked better than ever winning in devastating style. The season however which followed didn’t quite go to plan, being pulled up the time after and a laboured effort in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. He then went on to return to form with another dominant success in the Stayers contest at the Punchestown Festival. A growth was found on him at the end of the season which could of been the reason for his in and out form and his options for what may well be his final year look to be the Stayers route or even a season Novice Chasing.)

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LAURINA

(Owner: Sullivan Bloodstock Ltd – Form: 1111) (Age: 5)

(Laurina certified herself as one of the most exciting young talents in the National Hunt sphere last season and she did this by winning all four starts in taking style. In her last two outings she went on to turn the Mares Novice Race into a procession at Cheltenham and finished the season with Grade 1 success at Fairyhouse. A Champion Hurdle or Mares Hurdle bid look the likely targets this season.)

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FOOTPAD

(Owner: Simon Munir & Isaac Souede – Form: 11111-F) (Age: 6)

(Footpad made the transition from hurdles to fences last season and became a revelation over the larger obstacles, winning all five starts including the Arkle. He since sat prominently in the Champion Chase market behind Altior for next year’s Festival but however looked slightly laboured on his reappearance run with several uncharacteristic like jumping errors. He’ll need to return to his best should he want to challenge the Henderson powerhouse.) 

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MIN

(Owner: Mrs S Ricci – Form: 121224) (Age: 7)

(Min once again proved he’s a very smart performer at the top level but had to settle for being the bridesmaid at the Spring Festivals, finishing second in the Champion Chase as well as at Aintree before his season came to a close with a slightly laboured fourth placed effort at the Punchestown Festival. He could be aimed for another tilt at the Champion Chase this time around with Douvan being injured again or he could look at a Ryanair bid.)

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GREAT FIELD

(Owner: J P McManus – Form: 1111/1) (Age: 7)

(Great Field was only seen once last season when wining a Grade 2 at Navan in his trademark dominating from the front style. He still remains an exciting prospect and very much out of that ‘Un De Sceaux’ mold. A campaign aimed at the Champion Chase could well be on the cards.)

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MELON

(Owner: Mrs J Donnelly – Form: 1352F) (Age: 6)

(Melon progressed last season and this progression culminated with an outstanding run when just being edged out into second in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham by Buveur D’air. He was last seen when falling at Punchestown when seemingly travelling well and will likely be aimed at another Champion Hurdle bid this time around.)

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RELEGATE

(Owner: Paul McKeon – Form: 1117) (Age: 5)

(Relegate won her first free starts last term and the third of these victories came in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, she didn’t perform as expected on her last start Punchestown however she’ll likely be a big player throughout the novice hurdling ranks this term and a tilt at the Supreme seems likely.)

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SALDIER

(Owner: Mrs S Ricci – Form: 1531-F) (Age: 4)

(Saldier finished last season on a high winning the four year old champion race at the Punchestown Festival and nearly got off to the perfect start this term before a fall at the last. He’s likely to compete in top graded hurdle contests throughout the term and Mullins stated that a Champion Hurdle bid could well be on the cards at some stage in his career.)

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NEXT DESTINATION

(Owner: Malcom C Denmark – Form: 11131) (Age: 6)

(Next Destination finished last season off with a win in Grade 1 company at the Punchestown Festival and this smart hurdler looks to embark on a campaign of Novice Chasing this term with staying distances likely the aim in the future.)

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AL BOUM PHOTO

(Owner: Mrs J Donnelly – Form: 1F2F1O) (Age: 6)

(Al Boum Photo had an eventful season last term to say the least, winning the Ryanair Gold Cup before running out when looking in a commanding position at the Punchestown Festival. Expect to see him plying his trade in Grade 1 chases again this term with a step up in trip and the Cheltenham Gold Cup maybe on the agenda.)

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MT LEINSTER

(Owner: Roaringwater Syndicate – Form: 1) (Age: 4)

(Mt Leinster made an impressive debut in a bumper hacking up by many lengths, he’s a well thought of sort that could well be a leading contender for the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham.)

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DRACONIEN

(Owner: Clipper Logistics Group Ltd – Form: 12U21) (Age: 5)

(Draconien signed off last season with a win in the Grade 1 Champion Novice Hurdle at Punchestown and will likely look to start life off novice chasing over the two mile mark this time around.)

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TORNADO FLYER

(Owner: T.F.P Partnership – Form: 131) (Age: 5)

(Tornado Flyer won a Grade 1 bumper when last seen at Punchestown and he’s likely one of the yards bigger players in the novice hurdling ranks this term with a campaign aimed likely towards the Supreme.)

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BLACKBOW

(Owner: Roaringwater Syndicate – Form: 1152) (Age: 5)

(Blackbow was another horse that emerged last season as one of the most talented bumper horses with solid runs at the Spring Festivals within Grade 1 company.  A campaign of novice hurdling awaits with the target being either the Supreme or Ballymore.)

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LIMINI

(Owner: Mrs S Ricci – Form: 132/13/) (Age: 7)

(Limini won the Mares Novice race at Cheltenham in 2016 and went on to finish third in the Mares Race itself the year after, injury scarpered plans last term but a spell on the Flat throughout this summer should see her go into the new jumps season fully fit and ready for a likely attempt down the Mares Hurdle route again.)

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YORKHILL

(Owner: A.Wylie/G.Wylie – Form: 860869) (Age: 8)

(Yorkhill really lost his way last term, a mere shadow of the horse that won the JLT at the Cheltenham Festival just the year before. It really looks to be back to drawing board and it will be interesting to see how the season pans out for him. I’d say it would be likely that we see him stay over hurdles.)

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ANNAMIX

(Owner: Mrs S Ricci – Form: /) (Age: 5)

(Annamix established himself as one of the most infamous of Mullins horses last term, prominent in the betting for the Supreme at the start of the season before injury ruled him out, a clearly well thought of sort who will likely be campaigned towards that race again should all being well this time around.)

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SALSARETTA

(Owner: Mrs S Ricci – Form: F51) (Age: 5)

(Salsaretta made a belated appearance on the track when turning up in the Mares Novice at Cheltenham where falling when held, she did go on to win a maiden at Sligo in the Spring and will likely be campaigned towards Mares Novice Races.)

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PENHILL

(Owner: Mr Anthony Bloom – Form: 112/12) (Age: 7)

(Penhill quite incredibly won the Stayers Hurdle on his seasonal debut last term and went on to finish 2nd behind Faugheen in the Punchestown equivalent. Connections were on record saying we are likely not to see him until the new year and the target looks to be an attempt to retain his Stayers Hurdle crown.)

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BACHASSON

(Owner: Edward O’Connell – Form: 21/110) (Age: 7)

(Bachasson finished his season last term with an unfortunate fall in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, he’ll likely be mapped out with the same kind of plan this time around and hope for the same kind of success prior to Cheltenham as he did last season.)

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SHARJAH

(Owner: Mrs S Ricci – Form: 4631-3) (Age: 5)

(Sharjah was unlucky not to win a Grade 1 last season but gained some redemption when landing the valuable Galway Hurdle, he started off his campaign this autumn with a third placed effort and he could either be campaigned towards a Champion Hurdle bid or a step back into handicap company.)

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DEAL D’ESTRUVAL

(Owner: Mrs S Ricci – Form: 2/1204) (Age: 5)

(Deal D’Estruval plied his trade mostly in top handicap company last season and this could well be the case again this time around as he’ll likely be looking to land one of the big field valuable handicaps at the Spring Festivals should he not go Novice Chasing.)

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TOTAL RECALL

(Owner: Slaneyville Syndicate –  Form: 11FPP) (Age: 9)

(Total Recall winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy last season who then went on to tackle the National at Aintree as well as the Cheltenham Gold Cup. A likely similar campaign will be had this time around with a bid to retain his Ladbrokes Trophy title already on the cards.)

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STORMY IRELAND

(Owner: Sullivan Bloodstock Ltd – Form: 1FU13) (Age 4)

(Stormy Ireland bounced back to winning ways following a luckless spell in the Spring Festivals and finished her season with a decent effort in France. Top grade hurdle racing could well be the plan again this time around.)

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MY SISTER SARAH

(Owner: Barnane Stud – Form: 11) (Age: 4)

(My Sister Sarah won a bumper in the summer before making the transition to hurdling look very straight forward a few months later, an exciting prospect that could have a big say when it comes to top novice hurdle races.)

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ANTEY

(Owner: Mrs S Ricci – Form: 36211) (Age: 5)

(Antey signed off last season with back to back victories last term including a valuable handicap at Punchestown, he could go Novice Chasing or step up to graded company this time around aswell as top handicaps.)

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PRAVLAGUNA

(Owner: Bruton Street IV – Form: 4041-4) (Age: 6)

(Pravalaguna signed off last term with a win in a smart race at Punchestown before attempting fences for the first time not long after in the Spring. It didn’t quite go to plan finishing back in 4th but it wasn’t a bad effort, a return to hurdling is also a viable option.)

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CAREFULLY SELECTED

(Owner: Miss M.A Masterson – Form: 1123) (Age: 6)

(Carefully Selected established himself as a smart bumper horse last term running solid races at both Cheltenham and Punchestown. He’s likely another big player in the Novice Hurdling ranks this time around.)

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MR ADJUDICATOR

(Owner: Mr David Bobbett – Form: 1122-2) (Age: 4)

(Mr Adjudicator confirmed himself self as one of the best novice hurdlers around last term with placed efforts at both Cheltenham and Punchestown. He followed up with another placed effort on his reappearance in Graded company and Graded hudles is where he’ll likely stay this term.)

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SANCTA SIMONA

(Owner: J P McManus – Form: 21-311) (Age: 5)

(Sancta Simona has already had a few runs this term winning the last two, she looks a smart recruit to the hurdling division and a step up to top Graded affairs could be on the horizon.)

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ROYAL ILLUSION

(Owner: Ballylinch Stud – Form: 11) (Age: 6)

(Royal Illusion looks a smart recruit and has got off to a great start to life winning two bumpers, she looks sure to step up to Graded races in the near future.)

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BRAHMA BULL

(Owner: Mrs S Ricci – Form: 11169) (Age: 7)

(Brahma Bull took a while to get to the track but won four in a row when he finally did, he found Grade 1 company a little too hot to handle at the Spring Festivals so a venture into Handicaps where he’ll be a solid player could well be on the cards as well as a potential season Novice Chasing.)

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BALLYWARD

(Owner: Mrs A.Wylie/Mr G.Wylie – Form: 14144) (Age: 6)

(Ballyward put in some solid efforts in top company at both Cheltenham and Punchestown last season, top staying events is likely the plan this time around.)

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DUC DES GENIEVRES

(Owner: Sullivan Bloodstock Ltd – Form: 32556) (Age: 5)

(Duc Des Genievres had a tough season last time contesting many top events and running admirably in most of them, a smart performer who will likely get his head in front in a decent contest before long.)

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FABULOUS SAGA

(Owner: Sullivan Bloodstock Ltd – Form: 31177) (Age: 6)

(Fabulous Saga was impressive in the earlier stages of the season before finding some of the top graded events a bit too hot, a smart sort though who’s certainly one to watch.)

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KEMBOY

(Owner: Supreme Racing – Form: 14011) (Age: 6)

(Kemboy signed off last season with a couple of impressive wins in top chases, he’s been linked with a reappearance in the Ladbrokes Trophy. One to watch in top graded chases this term.)

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PATRICK’S PARK

(Owner: Bowes Lodge Stables Partnership – Form: 61512) (Age: 7)

(Patrick’s Park developed into a very admirable performer in top handicaps last term with a couple of nice victories to his name, big handicaps is likely the target for him again this time around.)

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REAL STEEL

(Owner: Sullivan Bloodstock Ltd. – Form: F50P4) (Age: 5)

(Real Steel was a smart hurdler last term however fell short at the top level in the spring festivals, he could well have another crack though this term at top graded hurdle races against the senior horses.)

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SCARPETA

(Owner: Thurloe Thoroughbreds Ireland Limited – Form: 3143P) (Age: 5)

(Scarpeta was a smart recruit from the Flat last season and developed into a decent hurdler posting some solid efforts in top company throughout the Spring.)

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SAYO

(Owner: Palmerstown Racing Partnership – Form: 13) (Age: 4)

(Sayo had just the two starts last term but the latter of those two efforts came in a placed effort in the Triumph at Cheltenham. There’s likely a lot more to come this year.)

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WHISKEY SOUR

(Owner: Luke McMahon – Form: 4342/7) (Age: 5)

(Whiskey Sour is a smart dual purpose horse who will likely be aimed at top handicap hurdles this season throughout the National Hunt campaign.)

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ASTHURIA

(Owner: Mr George Creighton – Form: 23-716) (Age 7)

(Asthuria is a horse who’s got a fair chunk of experience over both hurdles and fences and could well ply her trade over a mixture of the two throughout the upcoming campaign.)

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COLREEVY

(Owner: Mrs N Flynn – Form: 1371) (Age: 5)

(Colreevy is a highly thought of sort who performed well in bumpers last season, she’ll likely ply her trade in Novice Hurdles this time around aiming towards the Spring Festivals.)

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SAGLAWY

(Owner: Sullivan Bloodstock Ltd. – Form: 11395) (Age: 4)

(Saglawy wasn’t seen to best effect when tried in France in the summer but he’s a smart hurdler on his day and he could well feature again in top contests this season.)

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BAPAUME

(Owner: Mrs S Ricci – Form: 30521) (Age: 5)

(Bapaume was last seen when winning a valuable contest in France in the summer, he’s still a young horse and a very capable performer on his day. I expect he’s got a lot more to offer at the top level.)

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RATHVINDEN

(Owner: Mr R.A.Bartlett – Form: 2BU14) (Age: 10)

(Rathvinden won the four miler at Cheltenham last season and he’s really having somewhat of an Indian Summer career. You could well see him in Nationals this year.)

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YUKON LIL

(Owner: John Magnier – Form: 3-131) (Age: 4)

(Yukon Lil has established herself as a solid horse within bumpers so far, she looks another smart recruit for top connections and will likely be stepped up to higher company throughout the year.)

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