Those who know him well will tell you that multiple Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins is endlessly well-mannered. But beneath the polite exterior, it is not uncomplimentary to say there is a fierce defiance bordering on stubbornness.
I first met Mullins in 2006, just as the then successful trainer was on the cusp of a decade-long rise to superstardom. Mid-interview down in his Co Carlow stables, he posed the question: ‘Do you run?’
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