IL ETAIT TEMPS is a grey gelding by Jukebox Jury (Ire) out of the Dom Alco (Fre) dam Une Des Sources (Fre). This gelding has been leased to the Hollywood Syndicate in partnership with Barnane Stud.

Name Meaning: French for “it was time”
Sex: Grey Gelding
Foaled: 28/03/2018
Sire: Jukebox Jury (IRE)
Dam: Une Des Sources (FR)
Dam’s Sire: Dom Alco (FR)
Breeder: E Clayeux & S C Ecurie Couderc
Trainer: Willie Mullins
Record: 16-6-6
Record for Hollywood Syndicate: 11-6-4
First Run for Hollywood Syndicate: 24/11/2022


May 2nd, 2024
INT – IL ETAIT TEMPS upstages stable companion Gaelic Warrior to land a third Grade 1 of the season winning the Barberstown Castle Novice Chase victory at Punchestown Racecourse. This horse has so much courage and so much heart. Going into the last hurdle it could have been any of the three Mullins horses. But he went eye-ball to eye-ball with Gaelic Warrior and threw down the hammer when it mattered most. It’s a privilege being a part of this horse’s career. wins the Grade 1 Barberstown Castle Novice Chase at Punchestown. Race Replay.

More Grade One glory for Danny Mullins and Il Etait Temps
Il Etait Temps holds off favourite Gaelic Warrior to claim Castle Novice Chase at Punchestown
Barberstown Castle Novice Chase report: Il Etait Temps beats Gaelic Warrior
Il Etait Temps secures most Grade 1 wins in a season for Mullins
World record: Willie Mullins tops own achievement by securing most Grade 1 wins in a season after Il Etait Temps success
Il Etait Temps topples hot-favourite Gaelic Warrior in Willie Mullins 1-2-3
“Extraordinary” Il Etait Temps floors Gaelic Warrior at Punchestown

April 11th, 2024
INT GROUP 1 – Incredible day for the Hollywood Syndicate as IL ETAIT TEMPS wins his third Grade 1 with victory at Aintree in the Gr1 Close Brothers Manifesto Novices’ Chase. He won going away on the run-in to score by nine lengths. He was ridden to victory by Paul Townend, and is trained by Willie Mullins. A massive well done to our partners Barnane Stud and the Hollywood Syndicate! This little grey with a big heart is special! Race Replay. Read more.

Mullins said: “That was nice and I loved the manner he did it in. I was really taken with how he walked around the parade ring beforehand, I haven’t seen him as loose for a while, and I just thought if he could run like he walked, he was going to run a big race.

“When he jumped off at the start, I think for the first circuit I was very worried, he just seemed very behind himself – I don’t think he’s going to need his hood in future. But he warmed to his task and jumped well later in the race and just kept galloping.

“I think going out in trip is more important than track. He did win over two miles, but his performance today over two and a half was fantastic.

“At this end of the season, horses are tired and he just took a bit of time to warm up, but I’m happy that he’s going to improve as he goes further out in trip and gets older.

“He’s a fine horse, he’s not your big, 16.3 (hands) chaser, but he turns up for every fight and is made of iron. He turns up and there’s never an issue with him.”

March 12th, 2024
INT – IL ETAIT TEMPS produced a courageous run on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, with a hard-fought third-place finish in the Grade 1 My Pension Expert Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices’ Chase. Despite making two errors over the fences, he rallied throughout. He was ridden by Danny Mullins for trainer Willie Mullins. Racing Posts comments: Didn’t jump well, in touch with leaders, mistake and dropped to rear 7th, bad mistake and stumbled 4 out, outpaced 3 out, rallied home turn, left in fourth and ridden 2 out, went third run-in, stayed on, did well in the circumstances.

February 3rd, 2024
INT – An incredible afternoon at Leopardstown, Ireland for the partnership between the Hollywood Syndicate and Barnane Stud, as IL ETAIT TEMPS won the Group 1 Goffs Irish Arkle Novice Chase! An incredible finish saw Danny Mullins get our grey champion over the line by a neck at opening odds of 20/1! He is trained by Willie Mullins and will now head to Cheltenham in March for another crack at Group 1 glory. Well done team! 🌟🏇🏻🍀. Race Replay.

November 30th, 2023
INT WIN – IL ETAIT TEMPS, a Grade 1 winner over the hurdles, now wins on his chase debut at Thurles. He tracked the leader in 2nd throughout the race before hitting the front with once fence left to jump, and with an asserted run-in, won comfortably by 4.5 lengths.  This grey gelding was ridden to victory by Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins. He is owned in partnership between Barnane Stud and the Hollywood Syndicate. Read more about the race here.
Race Replay.

April 25, 2023
Raced over 2M 100Y at Punchestown in the KPMG Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) at the Punchestown Festival. Finished 2nd out of 5 runners. Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, bad mistake next, 3rd 3 out, went 2nd next, ridden in close 2nd entering straight, no impression on winner at last, kept on one pace.

March 14, 2023
Raced over 3200m in the Group 1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival. Finished 5th out of 14 runners.

February 5th, 2023
INT WIN – IL ETAIT TEMPS accelerated under Danny Mullins to score a nine-and-a-half-length success in the Tattersalls Ireland Grade 1 Novice Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown on Sunday. The grey gelding is trained by Willie Mullins. IL ETAIT TEMPS is leased by The Hollywood Syndicate in partnership with Barnane Stud, and also owned by Ross Doyle and PW Jones. Watch the replay here. Read more on Sporting Post here.

November 24, 2022
INT WINNER – IL ETAIT TEMPS  notches up his first career victory under the Hollywood Syndicate at Thurles Racecourse this afternoon! Outstanding ride by Patrick Mullins, and trained by Willie Mullins. Hopefully the first of many! This gelding is leased in partnership with Barnane Stud. Replay here.

November 22, 2022
IL ETAIT TEMPS will make his debut in the Hollywood Syndicate colours at Thurles on Thursday 24th November, in Race 7 off at 15h40 (17h40 South African Time). He will be ridden by apprentice Pat Mullins.

August 18th, 2022
Some great videos of our grey gelding at the Mullins stables. We can’t wait to have our first runner in Ireland!


August 17th, 2022
The Hollywood Syndicate will have it first horse trained and run in its silks in Ireland, with a new lease in partnership with Barnane Stud. The horses name is IL ETAIT TEMPS, a grey gelding by Jukebox Jury (Ire) out of the Dom Alco (Fre) dam Une Des Sources (Fre). He’s a lovely 4 year-old with a unique coat. He has already run in three Grade 1 hurdle races, with his best finish coming in 3rd in the Spring Juvenile Hurdle (Gr1) at Leopardstown. The trainer Willie Mullins is really excited with him and looking forward to his progress.