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Willie Mullins Gears Up for Royal Ascot with Star-Studded Team
The anticipation builds as the world of horse racing looks towards one of the most prestigious events in the sport. This year’s Royal Ascot promises to be a true spectacle, and master trainer Willie Mullins is no stranger to success at this showpiece flat meeting. With eight previous victories under his belt, he is readying a team of four or five runners for what could be another unforgettable year.
Echoes In Rain and Vauban Lead Charge
Mullins’ star-studded team will include Grade One-winning hurdlers Echoes In Rain and Vauban. Echoes In Rain has been well supported in the two-and-a-half-mile Ascot Gold Cup – Ladies’ Day feature race – with Coral offering odds as short as 9-1 for her to take home the Group One prize.
The seven-year-old mare narrowly missed out on victory in last year’s Irish Cesarewitch before going on to win a Grade Three hurdle at Naas earlier this year. She then placed fourth behind Honeysuckle in the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival before securing Grade One honours in Punchestown’s Mares’ Champion Hurdle during her last run in April.
Vauban, who won three Grade One races last year including both Triumph Hurdle and Champion Four Year Old Hurdle titles at Punchestown, holds an entry into Copper Horse Handicap on opening day after finishing second behind stablemate State Man during Paddy Power Champion Hurdle at Punchestown.
A Small But Mighty Team
Mullins commented that Stratum would compete again for Queen Alexandra Stakes hat-trick after winning the 2021 and 2022 renewals. He also revealed that Bring On The Night would be returning to run in Ascot Stakes after being beaten by Coltrane in the same race last year.
Mullins will have a small but mighty team at Royal Ascot, with Stratum, Vauban and Bring On The Night joining Echoes In Rain for this year’s event. Despite his track record of success at Royal Ascot, Mullins knows it will not be an easy feat to secure another victory.
“We’re delighted to have one horse running in the feature race on Ladies’ Day,” said Mullins. “She has run well on decent ground before and I hope it won’t be an issue.”
As we approach one of the most significant events in horse racing, all eyes are on Willie Mullins’ star-studded team as they prepare for what is sure to be another unforgettable year at Royal Ascot. While winning isn’t everything, these runners are sure to give their competitors a run for their money.