Patrick Mullins gives Father crucial Wicklow win
Willie Mullins must be quite proud of his young son as he helped him race into a clear lead in the trainer’s championship standings. Patrick within the space of 35 minutes, a very tall young amateur outsmarted some of the sport’s very finest professionals to secure a Grade 1 double. Patrick displayed great audacity and brilliance to win the €250,000 Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle to beat last year’s Irish St Leger hero Wicklow Brave. Patrick seemed pretty happy after the race who stated that he was more than delighted to repay his father for whatever he has done for him till date.
The much adored Many Clouds wins the Racing Post Jumps Horse of the Year for the second time
The love jump racing fans have always have adored the old favourites, and it was evident again with Many Clouds as he was crowned the Racing Post Jumps Horse of the Year for the second time at Sandtown. Many Clouds was Trevor Hemmings’ chaser who sadly lost his life at Cheltenham in January, minutes after defeating Thistlecrack in an entertaining Cotswold Chase under Leighton Aspell who was his partner on every one of his 27 starts. Many Clouds had built quite a following through his winning spree and tough running style, and his popularity was quite visible with a comfortable win in the competition as he managed to capture 65 percent of the vote. Many Clouds earned 2,416 out of 3,689 votes and his trainer Oliver Sherwood was all thankful to the people who voted. He loved the horse and hopes to have a horse one half as good as him.
Greenall retires in saddle for new opportunities
Jake Greenall is the son of former Aintree chairman Lord Daresbury. He comes from a family deeply immersed in racing, with brothers Tom, Oliver and Toby all being accomplished riders. It is surprising that at the age of just 25, Greenall has decided to hang up his boots as far as riding is concerned. He expected himself to be in the top riders when he set out his heart on riding but it didn’t work out for him, and once he realised that he wasn’t making any progress, he decided to call it a day. Greenall thanked his sponsor Mr. Timpson and also Henry Daly, Paul Webber, James Ewart, Mark Walford and Mick Easterby for their enormous support. He is planning with a few options away from racing with one of his friend’s new set up called True Luxury Sport, he plans to lend some skills of his and maybe sort his career out in the coming six months.