“Paddy Mullins – The Great Stayer” - a one hour documentary premiered on Setanta Ireland on Christmas night is being repeated this Saturday, January 17th on Setanta Ireland at 3.55pm.
The documentary is a fascinating and revealing profile of the late legendary champion trainer, Paddy Mullins who was one of Ireland’s greatest sporting ambassadors.
The story is contextualised with archive footage and print archive of relevant historical events and changing times throughout the 20th and early 21st century.
Told with passion, emotion and humour it reveals how this innovative self-made man planned big, dreamt big and progressed from schooling point-to-point horses to becoming 10 times champion National Hunt Trainer in Ireland, when his path to success wasn’t always straightforward.
The documentary rich in rare archive footage and photos features the highlights of his career in Ireland and his unrivalled successes in England, France and the USA, including making racing history with the iconic mare Dawn Run in the eighties, lifting the entire Irish nation.
Almost three decades on, Jonjo O’ Neill and former CEO of Cheltenham, Edward Gillespie re-visit the track to reminisce about that unforgettable day in 1986.
“Paddy Mullins - The Great Stayer” also shows how Paddy’s astounding achievements has filtered down to an incredible dynasty he left behind, who now carry on his legacy.
The contributors include his wife Maureen and family, Jonjo O’Neill, Frankie Dettori, Stan Mellor, Robert Hall, Noel Meade, Jim Bolger, John Oxx, Brian Kavanagh and Jacqueline O’Brien among others.
The show will run this Saturday and for those who don’t have Setanta it’s free to air on SKY Digital 423.