Willie Mullins is aiming to make serious inroads into Gordon Elliotts lead in the Irish training championship when the tape goes up at the 2017 Punchestown racing festival.
The reigning champion who has been leading trainer 14 times in all doesn’t intend giving up without a fight and the battle is one that will add spice to this years event and one punters will be able to get ringside seats for.
“Traditionally”, says Mullins of Punchestown, “it’s been very good to us, but if things change, we’ll have to do our best – see how we get on. Hopefully our big guns like Annie Power, Un de Sceaux, Djakadam, they might get good prize money but Gordon is represented in those races too.”
Mullins is currently playing second fiddle to Gordon Elliott in the Irish trainers’ championship but Punchestown is likely to have a crucial bearing on the title race, with over €2.9 million in prize money on offer from Tuesday, April 25, to Saturday, April 29.