Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Mullins scoops monthly gong

Willie Mullins, champion jumps trainer, is pictured with Cel O'Reilly, MD Philips Ireland, having received the Philips sports manager award for March 2013

The trainer of Ulster owned horse Hurricane Fly has scooped another big prize. Willie Mullins has been named as the Philips Sports Manager of the month for March.

The award comes on the back of a fantastic Cheltenham meeting when Mullins enjoyed an unprecedented five winners at the Festival.

The most pleasing of them all was victory for the wonderful Hurricane Fly, who in sensational style reclaimed the Champions Hurdle having won it previously in 2011. Mullins has been training horses since 1988 starting out by working with his father Paddy Mullins and Jim Bolger. While he has always enjoyed success the last five years have been extraordinary for the popular Irishman.

Nine year-old Hurricane Fly is owned by Belfast's George Creighton and Crossgar's Rose Boyd, who admire the work Mullins does with their horse, which with Ruby Walsh on board was roared on to a historic success in the Champion Hurdle.

Meanwhile, Indian Chief demonstrated an impressive turn of foot to go from last to first in the Bulmers Live At Leopardstown Summer Racedays 2013 Maiden at the Dublin track.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained colt finished second to Jim Bolger's subsequent Group One scorer Loch Garman on his only start in 2012 and was sent off the 4-7 favourite under Joseph O'Brien.

O'Brien jnr had Indian Chief anchored at the back of the field and was still sat in last turning into the straight.

However, when the rider gave the signal, Indian Chief moved up a gear and swept by his rivals to easily account for Dubai Deer

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