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08 Oct 13 19:56
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The past couple of seasons he has decided against giving a preview in Mark Howard's OJA book. I think he cited ''time restraints'' as the reason.

Any up-to-date info would be greatly appreciated on here
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Report FOYLESWAR October 8, 2013 9:33 PM BST
not a lot from willie mullins  sint ,a bit from bjg on tts forum happy with the progress of my string but could do with rain and  step up the work,hurricane fly will keep things simple with him and follow same route as last season starting with the morgiana hurdle , sir des champs no plans for him yet but he looks well . if i get any more i will put it up here .
Report sintonian October 9, 2013 1:48 PM BST
cheers Foyles. It is going to be like getting blood from a stone.
Report FOYLESWAR October 9, 2013 3:21 PM BST
yeah sint more chance of getting a tenner off thommo!
Report sintonian October 26, 2013 10:19 PM BST
An unprecedented win with Blackstairmountain earlier this year in Japan's premier jumps contest, the Nakayama Grand Jump, brought with it a winner's prize equivalent to £465,000.

That was swiftly followed by a victory for Dikali in the Grade One Juvenile Hurdle at Auteuil two months later, the latest in a long line of success for Mullins in France, who has won the Grade One Grande Course de Haies d'Auteuil on no less than four occasions.

These successful exploits across the Channel have not gone unnoticed in French racing circles and indeed Mullins has broken new ground in attracting the French Triple Grade One winner Rubi Ball to his Closutton base.

"Rubi Ball is an interesting horse that came to us from France. We might find a conditions race for him because he hasn't won for a while so he could actually slot into a conditions chase, which would be a nice start," he told

"He's good and strong. The form book suggests he goes on heavy ground although he lost his form in Auteuil on very heavy ground and then he better form at Pau, where the ground wouldn't be as heavy. We'll see, we'll have to learn about him and if we find a nice conditions race that will help us.

"Even though he has a lot of miles on the clock, he's quite young in our terms and he could be a horse to look forward to. He seemed to go off the boil a bit last year and connections thought that maybe a change of training quarters might do him good.

"He owes no one anything so it will all be a bonus, what he will do over here. It's great to get French owners to have horses here in Ireland, its broadening the spectrum of steeplechasing, internationalising it. Very few French people would consider having a horse over here so it's an honour."

Another French-bred, Un De Sceaux, won by six lengths on his Irish debut at Punchestown before announcing himself as a hurdler to follow by slamming Moscow Mannon by 13 lengths at the same track in April.

"Un De Sceaux was a relatively unheralded horse that didn't come with a huge reputation, but he had some nice form. His two runs in Ireland showed that he could be a horse with tremendous potential. I'd be trying to find a second season novice hurdle for him to start off in.

"I have him entered in the Morgiana and who knows what will happen when November comes around but we will probably go for an easier option. However he has shown tremendous form at Punchestown, where the Morgiana is run, so we'll see."

The way Annie Power has been running, connections could consider changing her first name to 'Too Much' as she is unbeaten in seven starts, winning by an average margin of 16 lengths.

"Annie Power is another that has shown huge potential. She is seven from seven and we really don't know just how good she is. She's another one that I'd be trying to start off in a second season race rather than take on the big guns but she is entered in the Morgiana. We'll see how we go, she has come in well from grass and I'm looking forward to her," Mullins added.

Ruby Walsh took the ride on the unbeaten Briar Hill in the Cheltenham bumper last season but despite that star combination, the horse was allowed to go off a 25/1 shot.

He belied those odds to run out one of the most impressive winners of the race in recent years, in the process giving the trainer a record eighth winner of the race - an achievement all the more astonishing when you consider there have only been 21 renewals.

"Briar Hill is a very understated horse. He doesn't show off and has never really advertised his ability at home. He is closely related to Boston Bob and even though his first bumper appeared very ordinary on paper, he couldn't have won it an easier than the way he did. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, we decided to go to Cheltenham because we didn't know how good he was" the trainer said.

"When he got to the big stage, he really blossomed and he showed us a lot more than he ever did in his life so he has to be a horse we are looking forward to coming out over hurdles. With his pedigree, it would point to him going over a trip of two and a half miles plus. We know he likes Cheltenham and he has form there now, so we would like to point him towards the Neptune or the Albert Bartlett."

His previous winner of the champion bumper, Champagne Fever went on to record a second successive Festival success in last season's Supreme Novices' Hurdle and he promises to prove an exciting recruit to the chasing ranks this season.

"Champagne Fever will go jumping. He did very well at the end of his bumper career and also last year, before we went hurdling, he showed he was a natural jumper. However I felt he would need the experience of a year over hurdles to teach him how to race. We learned an awful lot about him too, last season. He looks a natural to go chasing over the minimum trip," said Mullins.

One of the big talking horses in Ireland last season was Faugheen, who was the subject of support for the champion bumper at Cheltenham prior to setting foot on the racecourse.

As it transpired, he didn't run at Cheltenham but when he did make his debut in May, he proved worth the wait, displaying an amazing turn of foot to rout his rivals.

"Faugheen put in a great performance to win his only bumper start at Punchestown by 22 lengths so if he can transform that form to hurdle races, I'll be looking forward to him as one of the better staying novice hurdlers," his trainer beamed.

Mullins also has as small but select Flat team which have amassed ten domestic winners this year from just 44 runs. He is no stranger to big race success in that sphere either, having won the Ebor at York with Sesenta before landing the Ascot Stakes and the Queen Alexandra with Simenon at the 2012 Royal meeting.

The same combination returned to this year's June showpiece where Simenon went down by a neck in the Group One Ascot Gold Cup.

He will hopefully become a second representative for Mullins in the Emirates Melbourne Cup, ten years on from Holy Orders.

"Simenon is doing everything right in Australia. We were very pleased how he took his quarantine in Newmarket and again in Australia," he said.

"He travelled really well and was doing some nice work before he ran in the Herbert Power. We were very happy with that run. He met a bit of trouble in running which wasn't any advantage to us but he finished well and has come out of the race sound.

"He's done two bits of work since, he second of which was Thursday and they have both gone well. At the moment, fingers crossed, everything is going to plan."

Mullins also mentioned a dark horse to follow, an Irish-bred son of Beneficial who finished third of 15 in a €50,000 hurdle at Auteuil in France, on his only start to-date.

"We bought a nice horse for Archie O'Leary of Florida Pearl and Cooldine fame called Abbyssial. He's a big chasing type, a three-year old by Beneficial that has been placed over hurdles in the spring in France.

"His real potential will be as a big chaser but I'm hoping when the ground gets heavy that he will show us good form over hurdles as well.

"We have a real nice team of horses to go to war with this year and if we can keep virus free and keep sickness out of the yard - and even though they are going to be a bit late coming on stream, as normal - we are really looking forward to them," Mullins concluded.
Report sintonian October 26, 2013 10:24 PM BST
Report wellchief October 26, 2013 11:45 PM BST
Cheers Sint.

I had no idea that Rubi Ball was with him now. I remember when Long Run burst on to the scene, those had some great battles on France. He's probably past him prime now, but he's still a great addition.

I'll look forward to seeing if he can recapture his form and if he'll be aimed at the big Irish staying chases.
Report TITCH 1 October 30, 2013 8:23 PM GMT
"Faugheen put in a great performance to win his only bumper start at Punchestown by 22 lengths so if he can transform that form to hurdle races, I'll be looking forward to him as one of the better staying novice hurdlers," his trainer beamed.

Does this suggest the Supreme wont be his long term target and the Neptune more likey if good enough ?
Report sintonian October 31, 2013 4:41 PM GMT
He'll probably be aimed at the soft Grade 3 chases over there Well Chief. Some of them are quite weak races.

Titch, no idea. It's all part of the fun LaughCrazyTongue Out
Report Graeme83 October 31, 2013 7:12 PM GMT
Mullins will only tell you about the horses that only have one target.
Report sintonian November 5, 2013 3:46 PM GMT
What did he say re Boston Bob in the RP stable stour?
Report Target Man November 5, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
He seems to need a trip and after two wins over fences he fell at the last when leading in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham. He also fell at the Punchestown festival. Despite those falls he’s basically a good jumper and we might try to map a route for him to try to see if the Cheltenham Gold Cup might be a realistic target. Plan B would be to look at handicap chases and at the back of my mind is half an idea that the staying hurdle division might be worth trying – he was second in the 2012 Albert Bartlett. So we have options.
Report Can't Catch Me November 5, 2013 9:39 PM GMT
Any way you could post what he said about The Paparazzi Kid too mate? Thanks a lot.
Report quantize November 6, 2013 11:02 AM GMT
The Paparrazi Kid

He had reasonable form over hurdles and we’re hoping he’ll improve over fences. He’ll be running in novice chases and
2m4f-plus should suit.
Report Can't Catch Me November 6, 2013 11:44 AM GMT
Great, thanks mate. Doesnt sound overly positive which Im pleased about Mischief
Report sintonian November 6, 2013 12:14 PM GMT
cheers chaps.
Report unclepuncle November 6, 2013 1:48 PM GMT
Did anyone read or still have the Dessie Hughes stable tour from the Racing Post on Sunday? Did he mention Wrath Of Titans at all?
Report Can't Catch Me November 6, 2013 3:02 PM GMT
Sh1t. Didn't know Dessie had done one.... Could anybody please post what he said about Some Tikket too? Thanks alot!
Report corporal November 6, 2013 8:39 PM GMT
It wasn't a stable tour - more an overall piece on Dessie and his battles with illness, and or course Our Conor.  No broad review on his horses/stable from memory
Report Can't Catch Me November 6, 2013 8:44 PM GMT
Ok thanks corporal.
Report TITCH 1 November 12, 2013 10:15 PM GMT
Any ideas on Ballycasey this season ?
See he is entered on Sunday in a beginners chase at Punchestown and 33,s for the RSA could look big afterwards, not that were likely to know of any confirmed festival targets until about March 10th -)
Report BJG November 12, 2013 11:14 PM GMT
Track Ballycasey View form
6-y-o; gelding
Breeding: Presenting (UK) - Pink Mist (IRE)
Trained by W P Mullins
Form: 53/21-113
Ran just three times as a novice over hurdles and earned make of 143 in the staying division.

“I’m really looking forward to Ballycasey going over fences. He had a reasonably quiet season last season but we will try and make things harder for him this year and get him out early in the staying novice chases. By Presenting he might prefer better ground but I’d be keen to get experience into him on whatever ground we get.”

and from RP tour

Ballycasey 6g Presenting - Pink Mist Mrs S Ricci 21/113- RPR 144h, OR 143h We’re looking forward to him going over fences and he could make into a top-notch staying novice. He had a very easy season over hurdles but we’ll work him a bit harder this season. Being by Presenting, you’d imagine he’ll like goodish ground but he has oodles of stamina and should handle more testing conditions.
Report TITCH 1 November 13, 2013 5:22 PM GMT
Cheers for that BJG
Report rubyisgodinthesaddle December 7, 2013 11:47 AM GMT
Pont Alexander?
Report BJG December 7, 2013 12:29 PM GMT
Out for the season
Report rubyisgodinthesaddle December 7, 2013 12:46 PM GMT
Any reason BJG?
Report BJG December 7, 2013 12:57 PM GMT
“Unfortunately, Pont Alexandre picked up an injury and the way things are looking he is going to be out of action for this season.”

All he said
Report rubyisgodinthesaddle December 7, 2013 1:27 PM GMT
Very disappointing.

However I feel he is not injured as he is only 5 they are giving him the year to grow and fill himself.
Report aft December 7, 2013 4:51 PM GMT
It is amazing that only that 'single sentence' regarding the 'injury' to Pont Alexandre has been forthcoming in over five months and that the stable decline to comment at all as to the nature of the 'injury'.
Why is it such a big secret and why has the racing press completely failed to address the issue?
There seems to be a conspiracy of silence.
Report Graeme83 December 7, 2013 4:57 PM GMT
They don't want to advertise the amount of horses that get injured jumping a fence for Mullins.
Report aft December 7, 2013 8:18 PM GMT
But it would seem that the 'injury' was suffered whilst he was roughed off for the summer and presumably at home?
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