Punters pack the track to see Mullins put on a five-star show at a buzzing Leopardstown
Champion trainer Willie Mullins kept punters purring on day two of the Leopardstown Festival as festive racegoers flocked to pack the course.
The Kilkenny man saddled five winners at the south Dublin racetrack as 17,783 people spilled through the turnstiles.
Clear skies and warm temperatures lifted the spirits of punters as some well-known faces joined the crowds.
Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary was spotted with his sons Luke and Matt. While Waterford hurler John Mullane and former Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte also got into the spirit.
While Gordon Elliott trained Noble Endeavour won the feature €190,000 Paddy Power Chase, it was definitely Mullins's day as fancied Meri Devie, Bacardys, Saturnas, Ballyward and superstar Douvan all romped home.
Speaking after Douvan's win, Mullins said he hoped the rest of the festival continued in his favour.
"At Leopardstown you can have a good day and then everything and go belly up so fingers crossed," he told the Irish Independent.
"The first few bits of work this year, I was wondering was he the same Douvan. I wasn't at all impressed with him.
"He's definitely the best steeplechaser we've ever had.
"I am keeping my fingers crossed and hope that he stays sound and we'll stay on the two-mile route as long we can.
"I just take it one day at a time and aim for the next race."
With Ladies Day on the horizon today, several punters donned their finest wears as they geared up for the main event.
Dubliner Aisling Cooling (27) was looking forward to getting stuck into the betting.
"It's my first time here. I'll watch all the races and gamble on every single one of them.
"I'm going to do Ladies Day next year but this year I was too late getting my ticket," she said.