At the age of 16 the sports-mad Paul Mulrennan had set his sights on a career in Gaelic Football but his school’s careers adviser in Ealing, West London suggested that as he was “a bit on the short side” and suggested that he should try his hand at becoming a jockey.
Mulrennan has long since escaped city life to ply his trade on the northern circuit – he now lives just up the road in Boroughbridge with his wife Adele (also a jockey) and his young daughter. It is hard to believe that his career began in 2000 when he had seven rides without success. It goes to show his determination that the following season he rode 14 winners from 141 rides and he hasn’t looked back since riding out his claim in 2004.
But there is so much more to Mulrennan than the northern circuit. In 2008 he got his first ride in a British Classic when partnering the 100-1 outsider Alan Devonshire in the Derby. Having ridden Dandino for James Given on each of his career starts Mulrennan had his second Classic ride in the 2010 St Leger.
By far the greatest success of his career so far came on Mecca’s Angel in the Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York for Michael Dods in 2015. The pair followed up the win in 2016 to secure Mulrennan his second Series victory.