Sunday 20 April 2014

Mullins set to target more English prizes

Willie Mullins (right) and Ruby Walsh in the Cheltenham winner's enclosure after Quevega's historic win at the Festival last March – this could become a familiar sight for English racegoers as Mullins plans to step up his cross-channel raids

English bookmakers have given Willie Mullins a quote of 25/1 to become Britain's leading trainer after the Closutton handler revealed that he will be increasing his cross-channel raids this winter.

Explaining his decision to target prize money across the Irish Sea, Mullins said that he had the interests of his owners in mind.

"I have quite a few owners based there and they would enjoy seeing their horses run in England more often," he said.

Mullins said one of the main reasons in his decision was Ruby Walsh's move to ride full-time for him and leave his job as first jockey to Paul Nicholls at Ditcheat.

"I will be coming over much more regularly with our better horses," Mullins stated. "It makes sense, especially now I have Ruby around all the time. His knowledge of British courses and horses will be a huge help."

The trainer added he would consider setting up a satellite yard in England. Mullins had just six winners from 51 runners in Britain last season, yet netted £213,000 in total prize money.

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