Wylie to send horses to be trained in Ireand

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Updated: August 16, 2011

Graham Wylie is to send his horses to Willie Mullins and Paul Nicholls, following the ban and subsequent retirement of his principal trainer Howard Johnson.

The millionaire owner has responded to the move by deciding to reduce his involvement in the sport and will now only keep 20 horses in training next season.

Quwetwo, Ascendant, Doeslessthanme, Double Expresso, Hold Fast and The Knoxs were moved to Nicholls before Johnson’s suspension was even announced. The champion trainer is set to receive another seven inmates including Tidal Bay.

Wylie will also have horses trained in Ireland for the first time, with Back In Focus joining Mullins.

“I’m going down to 20 horses and I will only have two trainers. I’ll have the best in the UK, which is Paul Nicholls, and the best in Ireland, which is Willie Mullins,” Wylie said.

“Paul will have 13 of the horses and Willie will train seven.

“Willie is going to have Back In Focus, Boston Bob, Felix Yonger, On His Own, Prince De Beauchene, Drive Time and Rupert Lamb.

“Paul has six horses already for me and the other seven are Tidal Bay, Tigre D’Aron, Zhakiera Spirit, Prospect Wells, Frankie Figg, Roger Beantown and Grandioso.

“All the rest of my horses will be going to the sales. I’m looking forward to the season.”

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