There were 15 races at the Dublin Racing Festival held at Leopardstown last weekend. Willie Mullins trained nine winners, Gordon Elliott had one, owner J.P. McManus won three of the big handicaps, and of course there was Irish Champion Hurdle winner Honeysuckle – owned by a man who ran Coral and Ladbrokes bookmakers for 13 years.

That leaves one race out of 15 which went to a small trainer and it is a story worth telling.