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Cheltenham Festival: National Hunt Chase to Honour Maureen Mullins

Maureen, who passed away on February 14th at the age of 94, was a prominent figure in horse racing, known for her roles as a victorious rider, owner, and breeder.

Cheltenham Festival: National Hunt Chase to Honour Maureen Mullins
Cheltenham Festival: National Hunt Chase to Honour Maureen Mullins

This year's Cheltenham Festival will open with a tribute to the legendary Maureen Mullins, as the National Hunt Chase is dedicated in her memory. Maureen, who passed away on February 14th at the age of 94, was a prominent figure in horse racing, known for her roles as a victorious rider, owner, and breeder. She was married to Paddy Mullins, the esteemed trainer of Dawn Run, the mare who clinched victories in both the Champion Hurdle and Gold Cup.

The Mullins legacy in racing is unparalleled, with Maureen being the matriarch of a family that includes successful trainers Tom, Tony, and Willie Mullins, with Willie being the foremost National Hunt trainer in Ireland and a key figure at the Festival. The family's connection to the Festival is further enriched by her grandsons, Danny, Emmet, and Patrick, all of whom have claimed victories at the event. Patrick, in particular, has won the National Hunt Chase four times under his father Willie's training, setting a record as the race's leading jockey.

The Jockey Club's Ian Renton expressed the organisation's honour in commemorating Maureen Mullins' significant contributions to jump racing by naming the historic National Hunt Chase after her. Willie Mullins shared the family's pride in having the race named after their mother, highlighting her deep connection and love for the Cheltenham Festival. Tony Mullins echoed this sentiment, recognising the fitting tribute to a remarkable figure in the racing community.

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