Title betting suspended after support for Mullins

Willie Mullins: is 1-4 to win the Irish jump trainers' titlewith Paddy Power

PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos Title betting suspended after support for Mullins
By Tony O'Hehir 8:57AM 12 OCT 2016

BOYLESPORTS on Tuesday took the unusual step of suspending betting on the Irish jump trainers' title after reporting they had been "bombarded" with bets on reigning champion Willie Mullins retaining the title.

Paddy Power also reported significant support for Mullins, who last night was 1-4 (from 4-9) with the firm.

Mullins, who last month lost 60 horses owned by Gigginstown House Stud after a dispute over an increase in training fees, was 8-15 with BoyleSports yesterday morning.

The firm's spokesman Liam Glynn said: "When the money started to come we cut Willie to 1-3, but the support didn't dry up and punters piled in.

"Further bets were laid at 2-7 and 1-5. It all happened in the space of two hours. With no sign of the support drying up our traders decided to suspend the market."

Paul Binfield, spokesman for Paddy Power, said: "We've been bamboozled by the money for Willie again being champion and can't make head nor tail of it.

"There was plenty of support today and as a result we've eased Gordon Elliott to 5-2 from 13-8."

Elliott: 'Willie deserves to be favourite'

Quizzed about the market movers, Elliott, who leads Mullins in the table by €87,362, said: "I haven't left the country, but all the money for Willie doesn't surprise me.

"I've always said that Willie deserves to be favourite to win the title again. It's something we'd love to achieve at some stage in the future, but that might take a few years, if it is to happen.

"Willie's record speaks for itself. He sets the standard and will be very hard to topple as champion."

Mullins said simply: "I don't understand it but it doesn't concern me."
There was no ripple effect on the British jumps trainers' title, as Mullins' odds were unchanged.

He is generally 3-1 second favourite, the market headed by reigning champion Paul Nicholls – who pipped Mullins on the final day of last season after a ding-dong tussle – at 1-3.

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