Cheltenham Festival Century For Mullins

His first triumph came with Tourist Attraction in 1995

Trainer Willie Mullins claimed a historic 100th Cheltenham Festival victory on Wednesday as his son Patrick won the Champion Bumper on Jasmin De Vaux.

It sealed a treble on the day for the Irishman, who is the first person to post a century of wins at the Festival.

Patrick was greeted by a huge roar as he returned on the 9-2 winner.

“Whoever dreamt any trainer, never mind me, could do it,” said a delighted Mullins after securing his sixth victory of the 2024 Festival.

He had been denied the landmark in the Queen Mother Champion Chase when favourite El Fabiolo was pulled up in a race won by Captain Guinness.

Mullins had earlier reached 99 victories via Ballyburn and Fact To File.

The 67-year-old is out on his own for Festival victories, with Nicky Henderson his nearest challenger on 73 wins.

His first big Cheltenham triumph came with Tourist Attraction in 1995, and he is almost certain to be the week’s leading trainer for the 11th time in the last 14 years.

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