Willie Mullins 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.
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.
He has dominated the Irish jumps racing scene over the past decade or so and has won most of the biggest jump races in England, Ireland and France, most notably the Grand National at Aintree in 2005 with Hedgehunter, and in April 2013 he won the largest prize of his entire career, over £465,000, when Blackstairmountain won the Nakayama Grand Jump in Japan.
Mullins enjoyed a record eight winners at the Cheltenham Festival in 2015 and again excelled at the meeting in 2016.
He is primarily a jump trainer but has also notched only just over 200 career wins.
Simenon was a narrow second for him in two Series Long Distance races in 2013 – the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, when beaten a neck by Estimate, and the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Lonsdale Cup at York, when beaten a head by Ahzeemah. He also finished a fine fourth in the Melbourne Cup in Australia.
In 2015, he unveiled a new potential star of the staying ranks as Max Dynamite drew clear impressively to win the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Lonsdale Cup by four and a half lengths. The same horse looked unlucky when runner-up in the Emirates Melbourne Cup later in the year.
Mullins continued in fine form in the Long Distance division of the 2015 QIPCO British Champions Series when Clondaw Warrior finished fast to come second in the Doncaster Cup, before Wicklow Brave finished third in the Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day at Ascot.