Paddy Mullins

County Of Origin: Kilkenny

Date of birth: January 28th, 1919

Died: October 28th, 2010 (Age 91)

First Winner: Flash Parade (Paddy Mullins) La touche Memorial Perpetual Challenge Cup, Punchestown, April 29th 1953

Final winner: Asian Maze (Paul Carberry) Punchestown, December 31, 2004

Significant horses (selected): Dawn Run, Hurry Harriet, Vintage Tipple, Grabel, Height O' Fashion, Herring Gull, Counsel Cottage, Hazy Dawn, Macks Friendly, Vulpine, Dim Wit, Luska, The Gooser, Boro Quarter, Nearly A Moose, Negrada, Prince Tammy, Pearlstone, Camden Buzz, Redundant Pal, Scally Owen, Bob What, Tender Cove, Asian Maze. 


Did you know:

Paddy Mullins was one of the all-time legends of the Irish racing game. He will always be remembered as the man who trained the great Dawn Run, the only horse in history to win the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle and Cheltenham Gold Cup. In total this wonderful mare won 20 races in her career and by winning the French, Irish and English Champion Hurdle in 1984, she was the only animal to do so.

However, he is also remembered as a being one of Ireland’s most successful trainers and his career spanned 52 years until his retirement in 2005. Apart from Dawn Run’s success in the Champion Hurdle and the 1986 Gold Cup, he saddled four other winners at the Cheltenham Festival which included Herring Gull, Counsel Cottage, Hazy Dawn and Macks Friendly.

He also won the Irish Grand National on four occasions (Vulpine 1967, Herring Gull 1968, Dim Wit 1972 and Luska 1981) while he proved successful in the Galway Plate on three times (The Gooser 1992, Boro Quarter 1986 and Nearly A Moose 2003) while the Galway Hurdle was annexed four times (Negrada 1976, Prince Tammy 1978, Pearlstone 1980 and Camden Buzz 1993).

One of his greatest servants was the remarkable mare, Grabel, a winner of 25 races in her career with her most notable victory being the Duelling Grounds Hurdle in Kentucky in 1990 while Minorettes Girl was another notable mare with eight victories to her name.

One of Paddy’s greatest achievements was winning the 1973 English Champion Stakes at Newmarket with Hurry Harriet who caused a real shock when defeating the brilliant French filly Allez France. Of that win, Mullins said, "It was the highlight of my career, as she beat the best filly in Europe, Allez France." He had to wait until 2003 before training his first Classic winner on the flat which came courtesy of Vintage Tipple under Frankie Dettori in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh.

Paddy passed away at the age of 91 in 2010 but his legacy will never be forgotten. Indeed, the Mullins family name is never far from the racing headlines to this day.  

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
National Hunt 2004/2005827989€87,450€46,325€133,775
National Hunt 2003/200415913131215€227,250€68,300€295,550
National Hunt 2002/20031771319189€122,600€106,540€229,140
National Hunt 2001/200217422121719€237,606€89,650€327,256
National Hunt 2000/20011484171224€25,776€67,036€92,812
Flat 2004110000€0€0€0
Flat 2003844646€279,420€49,920€329,340
Flat 2002654596€48,850€48,815€97,665
Flat 2001701388€33,521€33,597€67,118
Flat 2000743878€23,109€26,284€49,393
Flat 199964910124€84,024€25,771€109,794
Flat 1998587435€33,553€8,476€42,028

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Thurles 26/02/05 Miss Toulon R.M. Power MdnHdl 2m 3 11-7 Market Square M'dn H'dle €1,120
Clonmel 17/02/05 Aunty Lil (USA) R. Walsh MdnHdl 2m 5 11-4 86 Monagarriffe Mares M'dn H'dle
Clonmel 17/02/05 Regal Force K.E. Power NHF 2m 2f 14 11-6 Kilsheelan INH Flat Race
Clonmel 17/02/05 Barrow Walk A. Freeman HcpHdl 2m 3 10-7 95 Ballypatrick H'cap H'dle €1,000
Navan 13/02/05 Miss Toulon J.J. Feane NHF 2m 2 11-2 Camlin (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race €2,125
Leopardstown 06/02/05 New Field C. O'Dwyer Hdl 2m 2f 5 11-10 Deloitte Novice H'dle (Grade 1) Grade 1
Naas 05/02/05 Barrow Walk M.P. Watts HcpHdl 2m 3f 10 10-12 97 Colm Callan H'cap H'dle
Naas 05/02/05 Miss Toulon Niall Philip Madden NHF 2m 2 11-9 Thoroughbred County Naas(Pr-Am)Flat Race €2,125
Fairyhouse 29/01/05 Aunty Lil (USA) A. Freeman HcpHdl 2m 4f 7 10-1 87 Easter 3 Day Festival Novice H'cap H'dle
Fairyhouse 29/01/05 Miss Toulon Niall Philip Madden NHF 2m 4 11-9 EBF/Doncaster Sales(M)(Pro-Am)Flat Race €725
Leopardstown 23/01/05 Regal Force Niall Philip Madden NHF 2m 8 11-9 Robert Clarkson Mem.(Pro-Am)INH Flat Rce
Leopardstown 23/01/05 Christmas River T.G.M. Ryan HcpHdl 2m 6f 4 11-1 100 Cork Airport H'cap H'dle €825
Leopardstown 23/01/05 Asian Maze B.J. Geraghty Hdl 2m 4f 2 11-3 120 Building Design Golden Cygnet Nov. H'dle (Grade 3) Grade 3 €7,000
Naas 22/01/05 Barrow Walk M.P. Watts HcpHdl 2m 3f 6 10-9 99 H'cap H'dle
Punchestown 15/01/05 Barrow Walk M.P. Watts MdnHdl 2m 3 11-5 INH Stallion Farms EBF M'dn H'dle €1,280
Limerick 13/01/05 Cad A Ra Leat R. Walsh HcpHdl 2m 12 11-2 83 Lough Gur H'cap H'dle (Div 1)
Leopardstown 09/01/05 Christmas River T.G.M. Ryan HcpHdl 3m 2 9-5 94 Pertemps H'cap H'dle (Qualifier) €6,800
Punchestown 31/12/04 Christmas River T.G.M. Ryan Hdl 2m 4f 4 10-8 94 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Mares) H'dle (Listed) Listed €1,200
Tramore 31/12/04 Aunty Lil (USA) R.M. Power MdnHdl 2m 2 10-11 86 Graun Hill (Mares) M'dn H'dle €1,700
Punchestown 31/12/04 Asian Maze P. Carberry Hdl 2m 4f 1 11-9 112 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Mares) H'dle (Listed) Listed €19,800

*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).

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