What more can be said about Willie Mullins that hasn’t already been said?
While he has been considered a top trainer for well over two decades, claiming his first Champion Trainer title in 2000/01, it has been since 2007/08 that Mullins has taken his performance to previously unheard of levels.
In February 2013, with over two months of the season remaining, he broke Aidan O’Brien’s record haul of winners in a season of 156 in 1995/96 and eventually went on to reach a remarkable total of 193 winners.
Well established as the most successful Irish-based trainer in the history of the Cheltenham Festival with 54 winners at the meeting, Mullins has trained a sequence of household names such as Florida Pearl, Hedgehunter, Quevega, Hurricane Fly, Faugheen and Douvan.
Winning the title last season, however, must go down as one of the greatest achievements by the Closutton-based trainer.
Against all odds Mullins dramatically pipped Gordon Elliott to retain his Trainers’ Championship on the final day, having been playing catch up throughout to the rival who was the chief beneficiary of his well-documented split with leading owners Gigginstown House Stud at the start of the campaign.
Mullins will be strongly fancied to take a twelfth trainers' title and many other top honours in the upcoming season, where he has a formidable team of horses at his disposal.
He was good enough to talk attheraces.com’s Kevin Blake through his string.