Anyone that watched the recent Punchestown Festival could not be but impressed by the success of Carlow based trainer Willie Mullins who saddled a total of 16 winners over the course of the five day Festival. With 38 races going to post, this win rate is more than 40% and ensured the leading Irish trainer saddled 13 more winners than his nearest rival at the Festival.
Given the current crop of horses at the stables in Closutton it's likely this domination will continue. Below I provide data as to just how prolific the stable has become in winning top Irish races. Since November 2010 there have been 197 Grade One National Hunt races run on the island of Ireland. Mullins has trained more than 40% of these winners. The first figure below plots the percentage strike rate of the stable since November 2010. The increase in success has been dramatic. (Win % for 2015 includes all 21 Grade One races run between January and April)