Former Irish Trainer, Paddy Mullin’s, with a career that spanned 52 years, has passed away peacefully at the age of 91.
Mullins enjoyed success on the Flat and over jumps with Vintage Tipple at the 2003 Irish Oaks. He also saddled Hurry Harriet winning the 1973 Champion Stakes at Newmarket.
He is probably best remembered for his mare, Dawn Run, the only horse to have won the Champion Hurdle (1984) and the Gold Cup (1986) at the Cheltenham Festival.
His sons Tom, Willie and Tony Mullins are also all trainers.
Tony, who was a regular partner for Dawn Run said “Everyone knows he was a great trainer, but he was an even greater family man.
"He was certainly the greatest family man I ever knew and we all stayed around him and trained within five miles of home.
"The family has always been very unified and he kept it that way all his life.
"He taught us all we know - what ever we know.
"It was a little tough the last couple of days but up until then he had a very good and healthy life.
"It's only seven years since he trained a Classic winner but he always maintained his greatest achievement was training Hurry Harriet to win the 1973 Champion Stakes.
"Vintage Tipple and Dawn Run were two great achievements, but I think Hurry Harriet gave him the biggest thrill of his life."
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