Tributes flow for legend Mullins
TRIBUTES for the late Paddy Mullins rolled in from across the racing world yesterday, with Meath-based trainer Noel Meade describing the trainer of Dawn Run as a "legend".
Meade also credited Mullins with changing the way horses are trained throughout Ireland.
“He was a genius of a horseman and he probably changed the system of training in Ireland with the interval training he pioneered,” Meade said yesterday.
“He was always able to give a bit of advice and he amazed everybody with what he could achieve with his horses.” Jockey Frankie Dettori described himself as “blessed” to be part of one of Mullins’ best days on the Flat when he steered Vintage Tipple to Irish Oaks glory in 2003.
“He had a great aura about him and he didn't give me any instructions. He said I'd been riding horses all my life and left it to me,” said Dettori.
“He got an amazing reception after the race as he was a legend and was loved by the Irish racing public. I was very blessed to be part of that day and to have met such a legend.” Jim Bolger insisted that Mullins belonged in the pantheon of great trainers.
“I didn't know the late Tom Dreaper, but I knew Paddy Prendergast well and Vincent O'Brien. Paddy Mullins belongs in the same sentence as those men.”