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    Ruby Walsh Criticizes Patrick Mullins Following Post-Race Clash wih Cousin Danny at Limerick
Ruby Walsh Criticizes Patrick Mullins Following Post-Race Clash wih Cousin Danny at Limerick

Ruby Walsh Criticizes Patrick Mullins Following Post-Race Clash wih Cousin Danny at Limerick

In a recent incident at Limerick, Patrick Mullins and his cousin Danny Mullins were involved in a heated exchange following the Grade One Faugheen Novice Chase. The clash occurred after riding Gaelic Warrior; Patrick secured an easy victory.

During the race, tension rose when Il Etait Temps, ridden by Danny and trained by Willie Mullins, tried to pass on the inside of Gaelic Warrior but veered into Patrick's path. This nearly caused a collision but was avoided as Patrick closed the gap approaching the second-last fence, eventually leading Gaelic Warrior to a win by over five lengths.

Post-race, Patrick expressed his frustration with Danny, revealing that he had warned his cousin against attempting the risky maneuver and felt ignored. This altercation was highlighted by Patrick's pointed remarks towards Danny just after crossing the finish line.

Ruby Walsh, a legendary jockey and a prominent figure in the Willie Mullins team, commented on the incident, siding with Danny Mullins. Walsh emphasized the competitive nature of racing, stating that it's every man for himself on the track and dismissing the notion of one rider dictating another's strategy. He compared the situation to his own experiences, noting how he would inform other jockeys about his mount's tendencies but expect them to wait to adjust their race plans accordingly.

Walsh criticized Patrick's behavior, suggesting that as a 15-time champion amateur jockey and assistant trainer, Patrick should have maintained better composure and set a positive example. He acknowledged the difficulty in controlling one's temper in the heat of the moment but insisted that pointing fingers at another jockey, especially in a public setting, was inappropriate.

The stewards at Limerick have referred the matter to a senior racing official for further review, and the racing community eagerly awaits the outcome of this high-profile incident.

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