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    Racing Matriarch Dies Aged 94
Racing Matriarch Dies Aged 94

Racing Matriarch Dies Aged 94

Maureen Mullins, an esteemed figure within the horse racing community, passed away at her residence on 14th February at the age of 94.

Having dedicated over seven decades to the racing scene, Mrs Mullins was a cherished presence at numerous racecourses. Hailing from an agricultural background, her passion for horses blossomed early on.

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In 1954, she wed Paddy Mullins, actively supporting his illustrious training enterprise based in Goresbridge, Co Kilkenny, which flourished for over five decades. Paddy, a ten-time Irish champion jumps trainer, concluded his remarkable career in 2005 at the age of 86, preceding Mrs. Mullins in death in 2010 at 91.

The Mullins name resonates with racing excellence. Their five children — Sandra, Willie, George, Tony, and Tom — have all tasted victory on the race track. Willie, now a distinguished 17-time champion trainer, while Tony and Tom have celebrated Grade One and Cheltenham Festival triumphs. George oversees an esteemed international horse transport enterprise.

Among Mrs Mullins' ten grandchildren, Patrick, Danny, David, Charlie, and Emmett have carried forth the family's racing heritage. Patrick, an accomplished amateur jockey, David clinched the 2016 Grand National title with Rule The World, and Emmett celebrated victory with Noble Yeats at the 2022 Grand National.

A proficient rider, owner, and breeder, Mrs Mullins clinched victory at Gowran Park's ladies' event in 1982 aboard Razzo Forte, a race later contested by Sandra. She later assumed a directorial role at Gowran Park, where she held shares.

In 2016, Mrs Mullins was honoured by Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) for her enduring contributions to the industry.

A spokesperson from HRI lauded Mrs Mullins as a beloved and influential figure in racing, extending heartfelt condolences to the Mullins family. Describing her as the matriarch of a distinguished racing lineage, the HRI spokesperson praised her for her resolute and influential presence that will be sorely missed across racecourses nationwide.

The British Horseracing Authority acknowledged Mrs Mullins' unwavering passion for the sport, recognising her lasting impact, which will resonate for generations to come.

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Paying tribute to her remarkable spirit, a spokesperson from Punchestown remarked on Mrs Mullins' inspirational character, exuding vitality, elegance, and profound pride in her family's racing achievements. The Punchestown representative lamented the void her absence would leave in the winner's room.

Mrs Mullins is survived by her devoted children and grandchildren, leaving behind a profound legacy within the racing community.

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