Mullins takes Epsom 'derby' honours
Published 01/09/2015 | 02:30
Patrick Mullins again showed his race-riding ability by repeating his feat of two years ago in landing the amateur riders' derby at Epsom yesterday.
Riding 13/8 favourite English Summer, Mullins guided the Richard Fahey-trained eight-year-old to a six-length triumph in the mile-and-a-half event to follow up his win aboard Beacon Lady in the 2013 renewal.
Afterwards, Mullins downplayed his role in the success, though he admitted it was nice to record another milestone that his father Willie didn't enjoy.
"I thought they went a bit hard. I was a little worried as I am used to going at bumper pace, but my fella was a very easy ride," explained the rider.
"Being by Montjeu he loved the ground and I think my grandmother could have won on him. It was a nice coincidence to win on Montjeu, the day that Hurricane Fly was retired.
"It is a race I have marked out at the start of the year and I always try get a ride in it. My father never won this race, so I give him a bit of stick about that. I am one up on him there and I don't often get that."
Davy Russell could be out of action for the next two months after he suffered a broken arm and a broken foot in a fall at Cork on Sunday.
Russell was preparing to ride Meadowlands in the first race when his mount reared up and unshipped the former champion jockey.
Adrian McGoldrick, chief medical advisor for the Irish Turf Club, said: "Davy has fractured his left arm and has also fractured his right foot.
"He'll have an operation on his arm on Wednesday at the CUH (Cork University Hospital) and I would imagine he'll have his foot in plaster. He's probably looking at around 10 weeks out."
Elsewhere, there was widespread shock in English racing circles last night after it emerged that their most successful female jockey, Hayley Turner, is to retire.
Turner (32) is understood to have taken the surprise decision to stand down at the end of the season, having grown frustrated at the lack of opportunities to ride at the top level and a decline in rides during the week. She is likely to try to develop a career in the media while also exploring a profile outside racing.
Double Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton was agonisingly denied a fairytale victory on her first ride as a an amateur jockey at Ripon.
Pendleton (34) made her racecourse debut in a charity event at Newbury in early July, and she headed to North Yorkshire to partner the Lawney Hill-trained Royal Etiquette in a handicap for novice amateur riders.
The 14/1 outsider shot was slowly away but swiftly made up ground down the outside of the field to track the pacesetting Chocolate Diamond.
The pair rounded the home turn clear of the remainder and when Chocolate Diamond began to falter, Pendleton pushed Royal Etiquette to the front. However, Pendleton's mount was eventually run down by 33/1 chance Jordaura, which won by a head.