At the age of 16 the sports-mad Paul Mulrennan had set his sights on a career in Gaelic Football but his school’s careers adviser in Ealing, West London suggested that as he was “a bit on the short side” and suggested that he should try his hand at becoming a jockey.
It proved a good tip and he hasn’t looked back since riding out his claim in 2004. He heads into 2021 with more than 1100 British winners to his name.
He has been associated with two crack sprinters in Mecca’s Angel and Mabs Cross, both fillies trained by Michael Dods.
The former won the Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes in 2015 and 2016, while he won six races on Mabs Cross.
Mulrennan rode more than 100 winners in 2014 and 2016 but a serious back injury, suffered after a fall on the gallops, hindered him in 2018.
Last year was much more like it, though, as he rode 82 winners – two of them at Group 3 level on Euchen Glen.
He also went close to another Nunthorpe success with the speedy Que Amora – another Dods-trained filly – beating all bar the brilliant Battaash.