Gigginstown remove 60 horses from Mullins due to fees row
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GIGGINSTOWN HOUSE STUD have removed around 60 horses from Willie Mullins after a disagreement about the Irish champion trainer raising his fees.
Confirming the split with Gigginstown, Mullins said on At The Races: "Yes, we are parting company. It is basically over fees. I put my fees up for the first time in ten years. Gigginstown chose not to pay them.
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"I'm not willing to try to maintain the standards I have [without putting the fees up], so that's the way it is."
Mullins admitted that the loss of such a large amount of horses, including Grade 1 winners such as Apple's Jade and Don Poli, will be a blow but was magnanimous and wished Gigginstown the best.
"They will be very hard horses to replace. I don't know where they're going to go," Mullins said. "They [Gigginstown] have been great to us with some fantastic horses and we wish them all the best, but we move on."
In reaction to the news, Paddy Power have pushed Mullins out to 3-1 from 6-4 to win the British Champion trainers' title.
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