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Willie Mullins Trainer - Winners, records, statistics and earnings

Willie Mullins is the most successful jumps trainer of his generation and a man who is rewriting the boundaries of what is possible in terms of big-race success.

The Irishman has now recorded more than 100 Cheltenham Festival winners, the first person to achieve such a feat, and it seems sure that he will continue to shatter records for quite some time yet.

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Who is Willie Mullins?

Mullins is the most successful jumps trainer of the current era and is well on target to become the greatest of all-time.

He is a 17-time champion trainer in Ireland and will soon add to that tally come the Punchestown Festival in late April.

His father, Paddy, was a trainer before him and his mother, Maureen, was considered the matriarch of Irish racing before her passing away early in 2024.

Willie Mullins was a former six-time amateur champion jockey in Ireland, winning the 1983 Aintree Fox Hunters' Chase on Atha Cliath and the 1996 Cheltenham Bumper on Wither Or Which.

He took out his trainer's license in 1988 and has become the benchmark for success this century.

He is based at Closutton in Co Carlow, from where he sends out a team of horses to win the biggest races over jumps in Ireland, Britain and further afield, while he has also enjoyed notable successes on the Flat, including at Royal Ascot.

Who is Willie Mullins' stable jockey?

Mullins' stable jockey is Paul Townend. The Co Cork native inherited to the top job after Ruby Walsh retired in 2019.

Townend partnered Al Boum Photo to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March of that year, providing Mullins with his first win in the sport's most eagerly sought-after race.

He has added three more wins, including back-to-back successes for Galopin Des Champs in 2023/24, thus equalling Pat Taaffe's record of four wins in the Cheltenham showpiece. He is a six-time Irish jump racing champion jockey.

Willie Mullins' Cheltenham Festival winners

At the Cheltenham Festival in 2024, Mullins took his incredible winning tally through the century barrier. Jasmin De Vaux bagged the Champion Bumper under Mullins' son, Patrick, to bring up the landmark number.

He tallied nine winners in all, taking his overall tally to 103 and was crowned leading trainer at the Festival for the ninth time in 11 years, his 10th time overall.

His first Festival success came via Tourist Attraction in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle in 1995. He has won the Champion Bumper an unmatched 13 times, while Quevega's six successive Mares' Hurdle win is a record.

He has won 13 Championship races at the meeting, with four Gold Cups, five Champion Hurdles and two apiece in the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Stayers' Hurdle.

Of his tally at the Cheltenham Festival, a whopping 79 have come in Grade 1 races.

Willie Mullins' Grand National winners

Mullins won the Grand National at Aintree in 2005 with Hedgehunter, ridden by Ruby Walsh, justifying 7/1 favouritism by coming clear by 14-lengths from Royal Auclair and Christian Williams in second.

Mullins' father trained four Irish Grand National winner and he emulated him in 2019 when Burrows Saint scored under Walsh. A second success in the Fairyhouse Easter showpiece followed with I Am Maximus, under Townend, in 2023.

Willie Mullins' best horses

An incredible list could include the likes of Al Boum Photo, his first Gold Cup winner in Cheltenham, as well as current two-time champion Galopin Des Champs.

Hurricane Fly's Champion Hurdle win in 2011 was Mullins' first in a Championship race in the Cotswolds, while Energumene in 2022 won the Champion Chase to complete his set of the crown jewels, after Nichols Canyon became his first Stayers' Hurdle scorer in 2017.

Florida Pearl was perhaps Mullins' first star - winning three Irish Gold Cups - while the mare Quevega was a Cheltenham record-breaker in winning in six successive years.

The list would also surely have to include icons like Annie Power, Faugheen, Un De Sceaux, Vautour, and Douvan, while the current crop of stars includes Gaelic Warrior, State Man, Lossiemouth and Ballyburn - all Grade 1 winners at Cheltenham in 2024.

A galaxy of stars have passed through Closutton and will continue to pass through and ranking them is surely an exhaustive challenge for any jumps racing fan.

Willie Mullins' career earnings

Tallying the career earnings of WP Mullins is nigh-on impossible. In the last five seasons he has won just under €28m in prize money in Ireland and another £7.6m in Britain.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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