Patrick Mullins’s inspirational triumph in the saddle of Rathvinden at this year’s Cheltenham Festival was named the ‘Ride of the Season’ at September’s McCoy Awards.
Returning to the scene of his victory, Mullins was honoured for his winning ride in the National Hunt Chase at the ceremony on September 28th, held at Cheltenham Racecourse.
The event – named after 20-time champion jockey Sir AP McCoy – made a successful debut last year and the McCoy family look to turn in into an annual celebration. The awards recognise performances at Jockey Club racecourses throughout the jumps season.
Amateur jockey Patrick who rode for his father Willie held and fought back from a blunder at the 11th fence, before riding out a thrilling finish to emerge victorious and pip Ms Parfois after the last.
Rathvinden was favourite to win with free bet no deposit sites with two fences remaining, but the valiant effort from the runner-up, rode by Will Biddick, made for a grandstand finish and a memorable end to the race.
By hanging on to win, Mullins secured his father’s third victory on Cheltenham Festival’s opening day, though none carried more gravity than Patrick aboard the ten-year-old Rathvinden.
Following the race back in March, father Willie expressed his pride in front of the cameras and told how he saw Rathvinden as a potential Grand National winner:
“I was happy enough watching because I can tell by Patrick’s body language how he’s going,” Mullins said. “I thought he might win it easier but the second horse put up some fight.”
“They pulled a long way clear and it was a good finish after four miles on that ground.”
He added: “I’m delighted to have three winners, I’m just happier the horses are starting to perform.
“He could be a Grand National horse next year. He jumps and stays.”
In July, Patrick Mullins went on to break Ted Walsh’s record as racing’s most successful amateur jockey with his 546th win.
Elsewhere at the McCoy Awards, recently retired Andrew Thornton was handed a special outstanding contribution award , after a 28 year career in which he had ridden 1,007 winners.
There were also jockey awards for Harry Skelton, James Bowen and Lorcan Williams, while Nicky Henderson was named the leading trainer with 40 or more horses. Nick Williams received the honour as the trainer with less than 40.
Kate Robinson was awarded stable person of the year for her exceptional contribution as head girl for Jamie Snowden.