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Mullins’ dominant Dublin display bodes well for Cheltenham

Published on February 9, 2024
Written by Chris

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Mullins’ dominant Dublin display bodes well for Cheltenham
  • Clean sweep of Grade 1 races in Dublin for Mullins
  • Galopin Des Champs favourite for Cheltenham Gold Cup
  • State Man serious rival to Constitution Hill

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Clean sweep of Grade 1 races for Mullins’ stable

Galopin Des Champs impressive victory in the Irish Gold Cup and State Man’s Irish Champion Hurdle win underlined Willie Mullins’ total dominance of the Dublin Festival as the trainer won all the meeting’s Grade One races. Mullins’ runners won €1,366,500 in prize money as they swept all before them at Leopardstown.

Galopin Des Champs faced stiff competition in the Irish Gold Cup, notably from Fastorslow whom he had twice been bested by since his Cheltenham Gold Cup victory. However, ridden superbly by Paul Townend, the 1-3 favourite secured a comfortable victory, winning by four-and-a-half lengths.

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Adding to Mullins’ success, his nephew Danny Mullins clinched three Grade One wins, including unexpected victories in the Nathaniel Lacy Novice Hurdle and Spring Novice Hurdle with Dancing City and Kargese, respectively.

State Man’s impressive win in the Irish Champion Hurdle set the stage for a showdown with Nicky Henderson’s Constitution Hill at the Cheltenham Festival in March. Despite Constitution Hill’s formidable reputation, Mullins expressed confidence in State Man’s abilities, suggesting an open competition for the Champion Hurdle title.

El Fabiolo’s triumph in the Dublin Chase, along with wins by Ballyburn and Fact to File, underscored Mullins’ clean sweep of all eight Grade One races at Leopardstown. El Fabiolo’s performance solidified his status as the favourite for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham.

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Mullins’ exceptional weekend feat, achieved against odds of nearly 6,505-1, serves as a testament to his skill in preparing equine talents for top-level competition. As the Cheltenham Festival approaches, Mullins’ stable of superstars appears poised for another formidable display on horse racing’s grandest stage.

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Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives. Editorial Promise