What's the special factor which sets Willie Mullins apart from other trainers?

Jockey David Casey tells Off The Ball about his brilliance

What's the special factor which sets Willie Mullins apart from other trainers?

Willie Mullins ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

When Cheltenham 2016 comes around in a couple of weeks, Willie Mullins will be far and away in the lead when it comes to the number of horses he will be taking there with him.

In all, the man who trained eight winners at last year's festival will take a huge team of 60 horses with him.

But what is it that sets him apart from other great trainers of the era?

"He's just built up a special team of horses," said jockey David Casey at Off The Ball's special preview panel of this year's Cheltenham Festival.

"It won't always be like this - you can't do it without the horses and he's got good people buying them and good jockeys riding them. He's obviously always been a brilliant trainer, he's trained them well and we've been lucky that they've gone there healthy in the past two years and hopefully we can go there again this year. If they're not healthy, they can't win."

Casey also added that Mullins' biggest gift is "in his eyes".

"He sees things that other people don't see and definitely sees things that I wouldn't see but I think that sets him apart. Day-in, day-out. He'll look at a horse and he'll say, 'you know what? We don't need to do anything today, or we need to change this plan,'" he said, before joking, "You'd be thinking what sort of planet is he on but generally it works out for him."