With the National Hunt season beginning to take shape we have been talking to the Grand National winning jockey and RacingFX Ambassador for the first of his Friday contributions.
Name: David Mullins
Total winners: 86
Career Highlight: Winning the Grand National
Where are you from?
What is your earliest racing memory?
I don't really remember what the earliest was but Asian Maze winning at Aintree sticks outs.
What got you started in racing?
How did you get on at school? How old were you when you left? What was your favorite subject?
I was ok at school, passed everything and left at 16. English was my favorite subject. I found it easy as there was no learning just keep writing!
What is the best piece of advice you have been given or would like to pass on?
A closed mouth catches no flies.
Who do you admire most in racing and most outside of racing?
My Cousin Danny Mullins works the hardest and I've always admired him, his hard work is paying off now. Outside of racing is would have to be the legendary Kilkenny Hurler DJ Carey, he was like ‘God’ growing up.
What is your favorite track to ride round and why?
Fairyhouse and Aintree for obvious reasons.
What is the toughest job in racing? Who deserves more credit?
Stable staff don't get enough credit. They work hard and could do with getting paid a bit extra!
If you weren’t a jockey, what would you be doing?
What is your biggest ambition?
To win big races and eventually become Champion Jockey.
What is the toughest thing about being a jockey?
Trying to get on the good horses in the best races. The game is very tight at the top.
Other than riding winners, what do you enjoy the most as a jockey?
The people you meet along the way.
What do you do to relax when you’re not riding?
Usually fall asleep on the couch before playing golf.
What would be your favorite holiday destination?
I’ve never been but New York is the place I would most like to visit.
You are on the road a lot as a jockey, what do you listen to in the car?
The radio or just think about things, it’s amazing the things you think of when you’re driving to Ballinrobe!
Any bad habits?
I have to eat something sweet after dinner!
At what point did you think you were going to win the 2016 Grand National?
Crossing the line.
What was the first thing that went through your mind when you crossed the line in the Grand National?
I don't remember really, I forgot to take it all in. Looking back it's like a dream there are plenty of bits I can’t remember.
Where do you hope to be in five years’ time?
At the top of the Jockey’s Championship.
Next week David looks ahead to the season. In twenty questions David will reveal his hopes for the year and some key horses to look out for.