Willie Mullins Runners, Odds and Entries

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Willie Mullins Runners, Odds and Entries

If any National Hunt trainer doesn’t need an introduction, it’s Willie Mullins. The undoubted king of his profession, with as many top-class horses in his Closutton stable than most of the rest put together. 

The 17-time Irish National Hunt Champion trainer is, by some distance, the most successful Cheltenham Festival trainer of all time with 94 winners, 21 more than nearest rival Nicky Henderson. 

Willie Mullins Runners Today

He’s been leading trainer at the meeting eight times in the last 10 years and odds of 1/6 with betting sites tell us that it’s going to take something quite stunning for him to not take that title again in 2024.

With so many brilliant horses at his disposal, it’s not easy to narrow his Cheltenham battalions down to just five, but here are five of his biggest chances at the 2024 Cheltenham Festival.

Willie Mullins Top Five Cheltenham Festival 2024 Chances

Lossiemouth – Mares’ Hurdle - 4.10 Tuesday

No bigger than 4/6 in the latest Cheltenham odds for the Grade 1 Mares’ Hurdle on the opening day after a quite scintillating return in the Unibet Hurdle at Cheltenham in January. 

Last year’s Triumph Hurdle winner took her form to a new level by strolling clear of some useful rivals without ever really being asked for maximum effort. 

There have been calls to run her in the Champion Hurdle, where the mares’ allowance would make her a huge player, but connections are sticking to their guns and running her here. 

She’ll no doubt be a Champion Hurdle mare one day but for now, there appears to be no worries from connections at least that she’ll get the slightly longer trip, and it’s hard to see her being beaten, in truth.  

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Fact To File – Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase - 2.10 Wednesday

Second in last year’s Champion Bumper and connections’ decision to bypass hurdles and send him over fences is proving a shrewd move. 

Beaten by American Mike in November, he’s come on leaps and bounds since and although the form of his Grade 1 success at Leopardstown has clear holes in it given his only rival ran way below par, Fact To File still emerged with huge credit, especially on the clock. 

This top-class staying chase prospect has to be a potential Gold Cup winner for the future. 

El Fabiolo – Champion Chase - 3.30 Wednesday

Last year’s Arkle Chase winner and the standout contender for the Queen Mother Champion Chase. 

Unbeaten in all six chase starts, four of which have been at Grade 1 level, and he wasn’t hard pushed to jog clear of stablemate Dinoblue (see below), who is a red-hot favourite for the Mares’ Chase, at Leopardstown in February. 

He faces some credible rivals, like Jonbon and Edwardstone, but he’ll need to fall over not to win. 

Galopin Des Champs – Gold Cup - 3.30 Friday

The reigning Gold Cup champion thanks to an emphatic seven-length success over Bravemansgame almost 12 months ago. 

His form dipped slightly in final run of season, and again on return, but he’s come to life since, not least in what looked a warm edition of the Savills Chase in December, where he posted what has to be the best staying chase performance of any horse this season. 

It looks a good Gold Cup this year and some have questioned his jumping this term, but Galopin Des Champs fully deserves his place at the head of the market and he should be very hard to beat again.

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Dinoblue – Mares’ Chase - 4.50 Friday

Dinoblue heads to Cheltenham as one of the bankers of the meeting for many. 

The JP McManus-owned seven-year-old is top-price evens with betting apps for the Mares’ Chase and her form just looks much stronger than her rivals. 

An impressive winner of a Grade 1 against the boys in December, she was a long way clear of the likes of Captain Guinness when chasing home El Fabiolo in the Dublin Chase and she meets nothing like that calibre of rival back against her own sex. 

A note of caution, though: she’s been a beaten favourite at the last two Cheltenham Festivals, so is it going to be third time lucky?

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