Hurricane Fly groom leaving Mullins for the US

Gail Carlisle with Hurricane Fly

Long-serving head girl Gail Carlisle is leaving Willie Mullins’ yard to go to America.

Many illustrious names of the National Hunt scene have benefited from Carlisle’s experience and attention in recent years, not least when travelling to places like the Cheltenham Festival.

Carlisle is perhaps best known to racegoers as the groom to the great Hurricane Fly, who won a record 22 Grade Ones including the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown five times and the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham twice.

More recently she has been the groom and work rider of the brilliant Douvan, who is unbeaten in 10 starts since joining Mullins and won the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham, the Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree and the Ryanair Novice Chase at Punchestown last spring.

Mullins said: “Gail has been a huge part of our team for about eight or 10 years.

“She has played a huge part in the careers of the likes of Hurricane Fly and Douvan, and will be missed.”

Before joining Mullins, Carlisle spent a year working for Coolmore Australia and has previously stated her intentions to travel again.

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