Patrick Mullins: ‘If he jumps off in the Grand National he has to have a super chance’ 🗣️

Patrick Mullins

Patrick Mullins doesn’t hold back the punches and always speaks openly and honestly when he is asked a question about anything racing related. David Jennings of the Racing Post sat down and spoke with Patrick with regard to Mr Incredible, who seemingly has a live chance in the upcoming Grand National at Aintree.

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Patrick Mullins Quotes

Mr Incredible has his quirks to say the least and he can be a bit of a rogue. Mullins stated: “”If he jumps off in the National, I think he has to have a super chance. He’s at the right end of the weights and if he takes to it and jumps well, he could run a big race. He likes passing horses and in a big field like that he will always have horses to pass. Hopefully he jumps off. That’s the main thing.”

“I think his previous connections probably lost a bit of patience in him after Tramore and Paul rang me up one day and wondered would he be worth taking a chance on. We always have one horse every season in the yard who is a bit quirky so I said why not.

“I remember Renneti refused to race one day and wouldn’t even walk back to the parade ring. We had to get the horse ambulance to bring him back. Wicklow Brave wasn’t straightforward either, so we’re used to having horses who aren’t exactly straightforward.

“When we got Mr Incredible initially we started training him just as though he were a normal horse. That went well for a while and then, all of a sudden, he started going 100 yards or so and he would just stop mid-gallop and send me flying over his head. Several times that happened. I soon made an executive decision to change riders. We changed riders quite a few times, but Paul Roche rides him out now and I think he’s only had one fall off him.

“I will never forget one morning in particular when he jammed on with me and sent me flying out over his head again. All the horses went galloping by me but, unlike what every other horse would do in that situation, he didn’t gallop away with the other horses but instead just stood there looking at me on the ground. Then all I could hear from a distance was Willie roaring, ‘Get that horse out of here, he is not running from this stable!’

“I think they brought him hunting one day he was at Henry’s and he was brilliant at it. He had a fantastic day. The fella riding him said to himself ‘what a day’. Then when the hunt finished they went to load him up back on to the trailer to come home but he wouldn’t budge for an hour. He had enjoyed himself so much that he didn’t want to go home.

“Even when he was a four-year-old in Colin Bowe’s, he would have had a Timeform squiggle next to his name! He was sold to Henry with that known. His antics are not something he has developed over time, it is how he has been from day one since he was young.”

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