Mullins loses Gigginstown team
Willie Mullins says around 60 Gigginstown-owned horses are leaving his yard this morning after a dispute over training fees.
Bryan Cooper and Willie Mullins (right) with Don Poli.
Named champion owners in Irish jumps racing for the fourth time back in April, the Gigginstown operation – which is backed by Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary – owned a host of stars among the Mullins team, including the likes of last crack staying steeplechaser Don Poli and exciting hurdle Apple's Jade.
But Gigginstown have never been afraid to keep things moving and having removed their horses with other trainers such as Tony Martin and Sandra Hughes in May, their horses with Mullins, believed to number around 60, will now also be racing for another stable from this point.
"Yes, we're parting company," Mullins told At The Races. "I've just put up my fees for the first time in 10 years and Gigginstown chose not to remain. That's it. We're just parting company. I'm not willing to try and maintain the yard I have and the standards I have for… that's just the way it is.
"Everyone who comes into my yard is treated the same and that's it. I see enough people going to the wall all the time in Ireland and we're not prepared to sacrifice that.
"I'm happy to wrap it up at that. Somebody is going to get some fantastic horses. This has all come about in the last few hours and that's the way it is – that's all I'm prepared to say.
"They're hard horses to replace. Even with all the money in the world, you can't replace them. We put together a fantastic team, me and Michael O'Leary, but that's it – they are someone else's to train now."