Top trainer at three-day festival

Debut for Mullins as Perth gets under starter’s orders

Perth racesTop national hunt trainer Willie Mullins is bringing five horses to Perth in what is a coup for Britain’s most northerly course.

Mullins is in a head-to-head battle with Paul Nicholls for the Champion Trainer’s title and the County Carlow trainer has been attracted for the first time by the £220,000 of prize money available over the three-day Perth Festival.

Perth’s new stable block will be in use for the first time during the event and chief executive Hazel Peplinski said it was clear that Mullins, who saddled a number of winners at Cheltenham, sees the opportunity to pick up some valuable prizes.

She said: “There’s some terrific quality on show for day one of the festival and, with the race for the trainer’s title still very much alive, we’re intrigued that Willie has targeted Perth in his bid to become the first Irish-based trainer for over 60 years to land the title although it looks a hard task at this stage.”

The first day’s feature race is the £18,000 British Stallions Future Champions EBF NH Novices Hurdle. Mullins has two of the four runners.

Today’s main sponsor is Aberdeen Asset Management which is backing the three-mile £15,000 Aberdeen Asset Management Handicap Chase.

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