Willie Mullins to lose Gigginstown horses

The champion owners have removed their horses after a disagreement over training fees.

Willie Mullins to lose Gigginstown horses
Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins confirmed this morning that the Gigginstown operation will be removing up to 60 horses from his stable including the likes of Don Poli and exciting hurdler Apple's Jade. Mullins told At The Races: "Yes, we're parting company, 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." Bookmakers were quick to react, pushing Mullins out to 3/1 from 5/4 for the British Champion trainers' title.