AT the time of writing, it seems overwhelmingly likely that Willie Mullins will be crowned champion jumps trainer in Britain, the first time an overseas trainer will have taken that title in 70 years, and beneath the congratulations bestowed on a great trainer for such a remarkable achievement will come the questions as to what such an achievement means for British racing.

At least Vincent O’Brien had the good grace to stop training jumpers when his monopoly of the winter game was confirmed, but Willie Mullins has no intention of taking up another job, and nor does he ever intend to rest on his considerable laurels.