Mullins award is lashed by BHA

The Racing Paper - - Trends And Diary -

RED faces all round at the McCoys rac­ing awards din­ner at Cheltenham race­course on Septem­ber 28. There was wide­spread em­bar­rass­ment when top Ir­ish am­a­teur Pa­trick Mullins was given the prize for the ride of the year on Rathvin­den in the four mile NH Chase at the Festival in March.

Mullins left the course that af­ter­noon with a six-day ban for us­ing his whip above the per­mit­ted level and with­out giv­ing his horse time to re­spond from the last fence.

The BHA promptly is­sued a state­ment say­ing they were ex­tremely sur­prised and dis­ap­pointed at the choice of Mullins’ ride for the award. It was, they added tartly, some­what short of ac­cept­able.

Did the judges, in­clud­ing Sir An­thony McCoy and Gold Cup-win­ning trainer Hen­ri­etta Knight, for­get about Mullins sus­pen­sion?

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