Leading trainer standings: Mullins hits the front

Succession of early season victories puts familiar face top of the tree

Friday, November 12, 2021

Willie Mullins has enjoyed plenty of early season success

There is a familiar name at the top of the early leading trainer standings for the National Hunt season, with Willie Mullins currently leading the way,writes Paul Martin.

The King of Closutton has been champion trainer every year since the 2008/09 season and has made an excellent start to repeating the feat, with 64 winners and total prize money exceeding €1m so far.

Recent successes have included two-time Cesarewitch winner Stratum, who Jack Foley steered to victory at Thurles, and doubles at both Sligo and Tramore.

Mullins will now hope to land his first Irish Grade 1 of the campaign at Punchestown on Sunday, with Echoes in Rain and 2018 winner Sharjah entered into the Morgiana Hurdle – a race the veteran trainer won every year between 2011 and 2019.

Henry de Bromhead, for whom Rachael Blackmore triumphed aboard Notebook at Navan last weekend, sits second, with Gordon Elliott in third.

Joseph O’Brien and Denise Foster make up the remainder of the fledgling top five, with John Ryan, Gavin Cromwell and Emmet Mullins also enjoying steady starts to the campaign.

Leading National Hunt trainers 2020/21

  1. Willie Mullins
  2. Henry de Bromhead
  3. Gordon Elliott
  4. Joseph O’Brien
  5. Denise Foster
  6. John Ryan
  7. Gavin Cromwell
  8. Emmet Mullins
  9. Peter Fahey
  10. Declan Queally

The King of Closutton has been champion trainer every year since the 2008/09 season 

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