Willie Mullins At Cheltenham


Willie Mullins has been the master of Cheltenham Festival in recent years after a superb time of things over the last decade, he has another talented team to send to the Festival in 2024 and we have gone through some of his leading chances.

The leading most winning trainer of the Festival has a bumper crop of horses to take to Prestbury Park again and will likely lead the Trainer's rankings for another year.


Heads the market for both the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the Baring Bingham Hurdle after an impressive outing to win the Grade One Novice Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival.

He’s been a prime candidate of Willie Mullins bingo this season but is likely to go well in which ever of the two novice races he’s targeted at.

Was beaten on seasonal comeback by Firefox but has since been foot perfect and looks to have a high cruising speed and plenty of stamina.

Mystical Power

Stoutly bred, Galileo x Annie Power, Mystical Power arrived on the scene with a big reputation before his bumper debut but confirmed his promise immediately winning in fine style.

Sent over timber this season he won a novice event at Galway in the Summer before striking at Grade Two level to win the Moscow Flyer with bundles in hand.

Looks to follow the footsteps on his mare and be a Cheltenham Winner and holds entries for the Supreme and the Baring Bingham.


A solid bumper performer last season and round out his first season under rules to be 2nd in a Grade One bumper at the Punchestown Festival.

Didn’t stay 22 furlongs on his hurdle debut but is a perfect 2/2 since dropping back to 2 miles. Winning a maiden and a listed event.

Only entered for the Supreme he doesn’t have the deepest form and will likely not be the first string for the stable in the race.

Ile Atlantique

Holds entries for the Supreme and the Baring Bingham but looks most likely to contes the latter.

Impressive form in bumpers last season was then backed up when winning a maiden hurdle over 2 miles by 19 lengths.

Stepped up to 2.5 miles for the Lawlor's Of Naas when last seen, he only found Readin Tommy Wrong too good in the finish to be beaten by a neck. It looked like some strong form but again will likely be the stable second string for the Baring Bingham.

Il Etait Temps

Shares joint favouritism for the Arkle currently as he makes he’s third trip to the Cheltenham Festival.

5th in the 2022 Triumph Hurdle, he then filled the same spot in last year’s Supreme as he’d remained a novice during his first campaign.

Looks a smart chaser and added to his one win over fences to score the Irish Arkle at the Dublin Racing Festival. His form looks smart and he has a tendency to go well at Leopardstown but his two fifth place finishes at Cheltenham leave a question mark over how well he handles the course.

Gaelic Warrior

A huge gamble for the 2022 Fred Winter, Gaelic Warrior was beaten in the finish by Brazil and filled the 2nd slot again last year in the Ballymore behind Impaire Et Passe.

Taken chasing this year he’s looked an impressive recruit to the training ranks, winning the Grade One Faugheen Novice Chase at Limerick in style to beat Arkle Joint Favourite Il Etait Temps.

Last seen unseating at the Dublin Racing Festival in a match, his cheltenham record is 0-2 and he has a tendency to jump to his right. Holds entries for the Arkle, Turners and the Brown Advisory.

Hunters Yarn

A listed winner over hurdles, he’s only been seen twice over fences so far for the stable. Falling when clear at the last on chasing debut, he righted the wrong last time out to win impressively when last seen at Fairyhouse.

His form isn’t necessarily the deepest but he looks a talented individual. Is only entered for the Arkle.

Facile Vega

The 2022 Champion Bumper winner returned to Cheltenham last season as a warm favourite for the Supreme and despite leaving behind his poor showing at the DRF, made a mess of the last and couldn’t reel in Marine Nationale.

A winner of his chase debut, he has since been well beaten in Grade One events over 2 miles chasing.

Looking like he needs further than 2 miles now, he has entries for the Arkle, Turners and the Brown Advisory. Most likely to try his hand at 2.5 miles for the Turners Chase.

State Man

A superstar 2 mile hurdler for the yard, he bolted up in the 2022 County Hurdle landing a strong gamble and has since farmed Grade One events over 2 miles in Ireland.

Unable to lie up with Constitution Hill in last year’s Champion Hurdle, with the Henderson Champion not turning up this year he looks set to get his Champion Hurdle and should be incredibly hard to beat.


A star juvenile last season, despite being beaten at the Dublin Racing Festival, she kicked in the turbo up the Cheltenham Hill to take the Triumph Hurdle easily last year.

Only seen once this season in open company, she’s been given plenty of time to strengthen up and returned to action on Trials Day in the International Hurdle. Sprinting away from her rivals with ease, the plan looks to be a tilt at the Mare’s Hurdle over the unknown trip of 2.5 miles.

She does hold an entry for the Champion Hurdle but is more likely to contest the Mares event.

Echoes In Rain

It’s been a while since she’s gotten her head in front but she’s been a classy mare over 2 miles and 2.5 miles and has chased home State Man in three grade Ones this season to be 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Was too keen to get up the hill in last year’s Mare’s Hurdle and only managed to claim 4th place.

Likely to go for the Mares race again instead of the Champion Hurdle it’ll be her swan song before heading for her broodmare career.

Gala Marceau

A talented juvenile last season who managed to scalp Lossiemouth at the Dublin Racing Festival before finding the form reversed in the Triumph Hurdle.

Culminated the season with a win in the Prix Alain du Breil over at Auteuil, she’s failed to replicate her juvenile form in open company this season.

Beaten twice at odds on, she’s entered in the Champion Hurdle and the Mares’ Hurdle but arrives in poor form.

Ashroe Diamond

Skipped the Cheltenham Festival last year but looked a smart novice hurdler, winning a Grade Three and a Grade One at Fairyhouse.

Came back to racing this season with a 3rd place in the Hatton's Grace Hurdle, it was an encouraging first outing in open company against geldings and she followed that up to win a Grade Two at Doncaster beating her stable mate Gala Marceau and Under Control.

Only entered for the Mares’ Hurdle, she looks to have a solid chance.


Holds a host of entries for the Festival but heads the market for the Ultima Handicap Chase with that being his most likely target.

Has taken a major step forward over fences to win a listed handicap chase over 3 miles at Leopardstown by 4.5 lengths, staying on powerfully.

Does arrive at Cheltenham off the back of an unseat when hampered at the Dublin Racing Festival, but has been well found in the Ultima market and will likely go close.

Readin Tommy Wrong

Picked up after coming 2nd in a point to point, Readin Tommy Wrong will arrive in Cheltenham with a perfect record of four wins from four outings under rules.

Winning twice in bumpers, he’s taken to hurdles like a professional this season and won a maiden before fending off Ile Atlantique in the Lawlor’s Of Naas.

Looks a smart sort and sits prominently in the market for both the Baring Bingham and the Albert Bartlett.

Fact To File

Filled the 2nd place spot in the both the Grade One Bumper at the DRF and at last year’s Cheltenham Festival.

Connections chose to skip hurdling and opted to go straight over fences. On debut over the bigger obstacles he found American Mike too good before bolting up at Leopardstown.

Last seen winning a match and easily getting the better of an unseated Gaelic Warrior, he’s a short priced favourite for the Brown Advisory chase and looks more likely to head there than to the Turners.

Embassy Gardens

Has duel entries for the Festival, Embassy Gardens has been an impressive recruit to fences this season and arrives a perfect 2/2 as a chaser.

Sits near the market for the National Hunt Chase and showed his strong stamina to win a 3 mile 1 furlong Grade Three when last seen.

Likely to turn up on the first day of the Festival, he should go close.

El Fabiolo

A runaway winner of last year’s Arkle, El Fabiolo looks to continue his perfect record over fences and confirm the form over Jonbon.

Only seen twice this term, he easily won a Grade Two event on comeback before bolting up in the Dublin Chase to beat Mares’ Chase favourite Dino Blue.

Should make it 2/2 at the Festival and win the Champion Chase.


A Grade One winning chaser who can be hard to catch on his best days, Capodanno has entries for both the Ryanair and the Gold Cup.

Last seen winning the Cotswolds Chase on Trials Day, he’s a strong stayer who’s been previously fancied for the Grand National.

Skipped Cheltenham last year and is a much shorter price for the Ryanair which he looks more likely to contest this year if he does turn up to Prestbury Park.

Jade Du Grugy

A perfect 3/3 under rules, Majborough won an AQPS race over in France before coming over for training with Willie Mullins.

Scored emphatically in a 2.5 mile maiden hurdle on heavy ground at Leopardstown.

Moved up in Grade and down in trip when last seen to again run away an easy winner of a Grade Three at Fairyhouse. Looks to have bundles of stamina and tactical pace to make her one to watch out for in the Mares’ Novice Hurdle.


Scored in her only outing in France in commanding fashion before being picked up and brought over to Ireland for training with Willie Mullins.

Only entered in the Triumph, she came a respectable 3rd in her stable debut in a Grade One Juvenile at the Dublin Racing Festival.

Could easily improve for her latest run and will likely be involved.


Raced three times in native France and scored a Grade Three, wasn’t disgraced her stable debut to be 2nd to Kala Conti in a Grade Two when conceding weight to the winner.

Took a step forward to win the Grade one juvenile event at the DRF, pulling away easily late on.

Looks the leading hope for the Irish going into the Triumph.

High Class Hero

Beaten by American Mike in a Point to point before getting his head in front between the flags.

Scored in a bumper in his first start under rules and has been unbeaten in all his outings since. Winning a maiden hurdle, a novice event, a listed event and then another novice event under a huge penalty when last seen over 22 furlongs.

Looks to have strong stamina and some tactical speed. Is only entered for the Albert Bartlett where he heads the market.

Dancing City

A bumper winner who was unfortunate to bump into Ballyburn in a flat race before going hurdling.

Edged to his right and looked unpolished when being beaten over hurdles on debut but has since taken to his obstacles better and looked more professional. Winning a maiden hurdle before scoring a Grade one over 22 furlongs in a Grade One at the DRF.

Looks to have bundles of stamina and will be well suited to the test of the Albert Bartlett.

Galopin Des Champs

Twice a Cheltenham Festival winner, Galopin Des Champs scored the 2020 Martin Pipe before being an unfortunate faller when having the 2021 Turners Chase won.

Since progressed to be a lethal staying chaser and scored the Gold Cup with a dazzling display last year.

Despite being beaten on his seasonal comeback, he’s been emphatic since and took the Irish Gold Cup without breaking sweat last month.

Looks to defend his Gold Cup crown.


Headed the market for last year’s Grand Annual chase and looked the winner before belting the last fence and not being able to recover up the hill.

Has taken her form to new heights this season winning a Grade Three and a Grade One in her build up to the festival.

Only found superstar El Fabiolo too good in the Dublin Chase and now heads the market for the Mares’ Chase as a warm favourite.

Baring incident she looks a likely winner of the newest race at the Festival.