Willie Mulllins is thought of as Irish royalty and is universally favoured by his colleagues on both sides of the Irish Sea despite beating them regularly. Festival success flows through Mullins’ veins. His father Paddy trained Dawn Run to win the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup in – a feat that has never been replicated. But Mullins is bemused by his own achievements.
With his first charge, Footpad, romping home on Day 1 of the Festival it looks odd’s on in the Paddy Power Cheltenham Betting for him to come out as top trainer and with the whole festival left to run and many more impressive horses in his arsenal, he’s likely to do it.