Optimism the key to being Cheltenham's best
HIS late father Paddy Mullins became known as the quiet man of Irish horseracing but last night it was the son who was lost for words.
Top trainer Willie Mullins (above) was honoured with a civic reception by Carlow County Council after his most memorable Cheltenham yet.
When he finally found those words, Willie expressed "surprise and delight" at the honour which was also recently bestowed on Irish rugby sensation Sean O'Brien.
Willie clinched the Thomas Pink award for top trainer at Cheltenham this year -- with four winners.
Ruby Walsh, who rode three winners at this year's Cheltenham festival for Willie, was also present.
At his stables near Leighlinbridge in Co Carlow, Willie trains over 100 horses a year.
He credits his belief that the "glass is half full" for his success despite the tough times.
"You've got to be a huge optimist to be in racing and always see the bright side of things rather than the negative," he said.