Sport Horse Racing

Wednesday 21 February 2018

It's too early to say if we will see either Min or Faugheen this season

Trainer Willie Mullins. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
Trainer Willie Mullins. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE

Patrick Mullins

My father broke the news on Monday that both Faugheen and Min will have to sit out the Cheltenham Festival.

It was very disappointing, to say the least - but we need context when injuries befall thoroughbreds. The accident that happened to Vautour in November, as far as I am concerned, probably puts everything into perspective.

Both Faugheen and Min have sustained injuries that will, hopefully over time, heal. My father tends to bat these setbacks away, as he is in the game such a long time.

He copes very well and he is amazing in that he never gets too high or low either way. He is very level and I feel this helps greatly. Also, as long as everything is outside the door of the house, things have to be cherished.

Moreover, we have had a hugely lucky last few years when it came to getting horses to the Cheltenham Festival. For example, only last year, we sent out 61 runners. This year, unfortunately, we are not getting the rub of the green.

Overall, though, we can't complain. We have the horses to go for different races at Cheltenham depending on how my father sees it and the standard of jockey we have helps there in a huge way too.

Horses are more versatile than we give them credit for in my view.

Back in the day, the legendary Flyingbolt, 24 hours after winning the Champion Chase, reappeared in the Champion Hurdle!

Thankfully, Douvan is fine ahead of the Festival and he was the usual Douvan in winning last Sunday. A word too on Melon. We are very happy with him and work rider Niall Kelly said he came out of his Leopardstown race fresh and well.

It's a quarter of a century since a horse won a Supreme with just one run but that's just the way this topsy-turvy season has gone!

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