Leading Trainers at the Cheltenham Festival
Tuesday 10th - Friday 13th March 2020
Willie Mullins was crowned the Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award for the seventh time at The Festival™ presented by Magners.
Mullins saddled seven winners in total, four seconds and six thirds, thereby winning the award on countback. Gordon Elliott had seven winners, four seconds, but only four thirds.
Mullins enjoyed a phenomenal day four at The Festival with a 2,196/1 four-timer following the victories of Burning Victory
(12/1, G1 JCB Triumph Hurdle), Saint Roi
(11/2 favourite, G3 Randox Health County Hurdle), Monkfish
(5/1, G1 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle) and Al Boum Photo
(100/30 favourite) in the G1 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup.
His other winners this week were Ferny Hollow
(G1 Weatherbys Champion Bumper), Min
(G1 Ryanair Chase) and Concertista
(G2 Daylesford Mares' Novices' Hurdle).
Mullins ends the meeting as the leading trainer of all time at The Festival with 72 winners.
Reflecting on winning the Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award for the seventh time in 10 years, he said: "Gordon Elliott
said to me before the last that 'I hope you don't beat me with a third'.
"I couldn't have dreamt of winning the award on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening - it's just been a huge day today.
"It's been a tremendous week and obviously was a huge day."
Paul Townend ended the week as the Holland Cooper Leading Jockey Award
for the Ruby Walsh Trophy with five successes and two seconds, taking his overall victories at The Festival™ presented by Magners to 15 wins.
Mullins continued: "This was a huge week for Paul Townend. Coming here as the first jockey and not the understudy for the first year.
"It was a fair bit of pressure, but he has stamped his authority on Cheltenham and I am really happy for him.
"He has showed that he looks like the man for the job. Paul was able to handle the pressure."
The Irish Independent Leading Trainer Award -
Trainer 1st 2nd 3rd
WILLIE MULLINS IRE 7 7 6
Gordon Elliott IRE 7 7 4
Nicky Henderson 4 1 1
Henry de Bromhead IRE 2 2 1
Harry Whittington 1 1 1
Paul Nicholls 1 1 -
Kim Bailey 1 - -
David Bridgwater 1 - -
David Cottin FR 1 - -
Rebecca Curtis 1 - -
Eugene O'Sullivan IRE 1 - -
Paul Webber 1 - -
Joseph O'Brien IRE - 1 2
Paul Nolan IRE - 1 1
Philip Hobbs - 1 -
Richard Hobson - 1 -
Kerry Lee - 1 -
Henry Oliver - 1 -
Ben Pauling - 1 -
David Pipe - 1 -
Matthew Smith IRE - 1 -
Mick Channon - - 2
Colin Tizzard - - 2
Charles Byrnes IRE - - 1
Gavin Cromwell IRE - - 1
Tom George - - 1
Warren Greatrex - - 1
Phil Kirby - - 1
Rose Loxton - - 1
Noel Meade IRE - - 1
Dan Skelton - - 1