Willie Mullins makes it 24 winners in a week at Punchestown

The trainer signed off 2016 in style with Redhotfillypeppers and Childrens List

In-form Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins signed off for 2016 with a double at Punchestown. Photo: PA

In-form Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins signed off for 2016 with a double at Punchestown. Photo: PA

 

In-form Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins signed off for 2016 with a double at Punchestown to make it a remarkable 24 winners since St Stephen’s Day.

Having recorded 22 victories from Monday to Thursday, the Clossuton maestro added two more on New Year’s Eve, led by the potentially smart Redhotfillypeppers in the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Mares (Pro/Am) Flat Race.

A £200,000 Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham May Sale purchase, the Coldunell Limited-owned four-year-old is joint most expensive point-to-point mare ever sold at auction and was much sought after following her victory under Harley Dunne for the Donnchadh Doyle-yard at Necarne less than a fortnight prior to her sale.

The 4-6 favourite was sent straight to the front by David Dunsdon in whose colours she runs and never looked in any danger as she made all with two and three-quarter lengths to spare from Ladysingstheblues.

Redhotfillypeppers is from the family of Mullins’ dual Thyestes Chase winner On His Own, who was denied by just a short head in the 2014 running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Mullins said: “She a fine strong mare and has a stamina-laden pedigree. She gallops all day and jumps well. I’d say she will go for a winners’ bumper and won’t go hurdling until next season.

“She was quite green today but as she gets experience racing she’ll be fine. She’s a chaser in the making.

“David was a Fegentri champion and that’s his first winner in Ireland. He doesn’t do too much racing these days.”

Mullins kicked off the afternoon when Childrens List landed the opening Buy Your 2017 Annual Membership Beginners Chase.

The 2-1 joint-favourite was soon out in front under Ruby Walsh and proved tough in the finish when challenged but fellow market leader Edwulf, who could only reduce the gap to half a length at the line.

Walsh said: “He’d a run under his belt and the step up in trip suited. He jumps well and we know he stays as he’d a couple of good runs in staying handicaps last year.”

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.