'Paddy Mullins – The Great Stayer'
The compelling portrait of Paddy Mullins (1919-2010), is uniquely told against the backdrop of relevant transformative events in Irish history. Using rare archive footage and very special location access from the Mullins family and Cheltenham racecourse, the documentary chronicles the extraordinary life and times of the quiet man of Irish Racing.
Paddy Mullins the ten times champion Irish National Hunt trainer who achieved Classic and Group One success on the flat, opened up horeracing in Ireland and showed it wasn’t just a Sport of Kings. Paddy also helped build the reputation of Irish racehorses globally and had a career that gave him the highest of highs and a path to success that wasn't always straightforward.
It explores the revered trainers magical work with the wonder mare Dawn Run that brought about one of the most iconic sporting moments in history in 1986 at Cheltenham. When legendary BBC commentator Sir Peter O’ Sullevan called the mare home in the spine-chilling heightened tones of one of his most famous commentaries, his words “and the mare is beginning to get up” will never be forgotten.
This fascinating film filters down to the world famous Mullins dynasty, who now carry on his incredible legacy. Told by his family, peers, jockeys, stable lads, historian, tv pundit, friends and former manager of Cheltenham racecourse.
It was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and received two nominations for the Nice International Film Festival 2016, Best Director of a Sort Documentary and a Scientific & Educational Award.
Length 52 mins: 30 seconds
Subtitles for the hard of hearing
Audio description for the visually impaired