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Neil Mulholland v Ed Dunlop on why their code is better

Jump trainer Neil Mulholland: "The big jump meetings provide a buzz you don't get anywhere else"
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Why the jumps is best: Neil Mulholland

I dabble a bit on the Flat, but basically I always wanted to be a jump jockey, it was always the jumps for me. The glamour of the Cheltenham Festival, the Grand National meeting at Aintree, the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse, Punchestown – it's the big jump meetings that provide a buzz you don't get anywhere else.

Sometimes it can seem to people looking in from outside that you have to be a sheikh to succeed on the Flat, that you need a lot of money to play that game, whereas over jumps it's a bit more accessible, it's easier to be involved, and I think people like that. And there's lots of great people in racing, both Flat and jumps, but the camaraderie among the jumps boys is quite special – if my horse can't win a race then I'm pleased for whoever does win it.

I have a bit of fun training some horses for the Flat and I enjoy that aspect of racing, but my heart's not in it the way that my heart's always been in jump racing. Jump racing is a great game, nothing better.

Why the Flat is best: Ed Dunlop

This is not straightforward because I like the jumps as well, I don't think there's anyone who would be 100 per cent for one or the other. One of the great things about training Flat horses, though, is that every year there's a fresh intake of horses into the yard, and you never know but among them could be the next Frankel. It's an annual fascination.

Another wonderful thing about the Flat is that it's much more of a global sport than jumping – it takes you from Australia to California, Hong Kong to Japan, Dubai and plenty of other places in between. I've been very lucky with Ouija Board, Snow Fairy and Red Cadeaux, they've taken me across the world and back, and it just gives an extra, glamorous dimension to what we do when we can find ourselves several time-zones away taking on the best of the locals – and very often the weather's better!

And if the jumps boys say that there's nothing like the Cheltenham Festival or Punchestown, then we can counter with Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood and the York Ebor meeting, the very best of British racing in beautiful summer surroundings.

The jumps is a bit more accessible, it's easier to be involved, and I think people like that
E.W. Terms