Wylie revels in Mullins genius

2017-03-16 17:45:00, Views: 0,

Wylie revels in Mullins genius

Owner Graham Wylie has described trainer Willie Mullins as a "genius" following Nichols Canyon's brilliant win in the Stayers' Hurdle.

Wylie has enjoyed his fair share of Cheltenham Festival glory over the years, with Inglis Drever claiming three victories during his career, and the Englishman was given more reason to smile on Thursday.

The seven-year-old was guided home expertly as part of a treble for Ruby Walsh, taking the win ahead of Lil Rockerfeller and Unowhatimeanharry.

His owner admits his confidence in the horse has only started to grow over the last fortnight and has hailed Mullins for his influence in bringing him on.

Wylie said: "When I told Willie to buy a horse for me, he rang me up and said 'I think I've found you the next Inglis Drever'.

"He looks like Inglis Drever as he's only a pony, but he flew up the hill. Ruby told me he'd ride him like that to make sure he got the trip. It wasn't until approaching the last I thought he might get placed, never mind win.

"With the problems with Faugheen and Annie Power we thought he'd be a Champion Hurdle horse, but it hasn't gone right.

"It's only been the last two weeks he's started to show anything, but this is great. Willie is a genius."