As the National Hunt season starts to take shape our Grand National Winning Jockey has been answering questions about the season ahead. We learn about which horses to look out for, a jockey’s life and some personal hopes and aspirations for the season.
2016/17 National Hunt Season
Winners so far: 17
Highlight so far: Ridestan, Grade 3 Novice Chase, Gowran
Do you set yourself a target of winners each season? If so what is it?
As many winners as possible and try to get on some good horses to win top races.
Which races would you most like to win in England and Ireland?
Gold Cup or Champion Hurdle in both countries.
What personal targets have you set yourself for the season?
None really, just keep working hard.
What is a typical day for the David Mullins diet?
A Coffee and a Twix most mornings and pick at things for the rest of the day, usually at the races. I like a good steak dinner on a Sunday!!
Do you have any friendly rivalries on the track, any jockeys that you particularly like to get one up on?
Danny Mullins and Mikey Fogarty. There’s usually something said passing each other on the track!
Which Trainers will provide the bulk of your rides this year?
I'm not sure really but Gordon Elliott and Henry de Bromhead are giving me plenty of rides at the moment.
Which horse are you most looking forward to riding this season and why?
There isn’t a particular horse with my name on but Conrad Hastings looks exciting. I won a Maiden Hurdle on him at Tipperary.
Give us two horses to look out for; A Novice and a Winner.
Invitation Only trained by Willie Mullins has won 3/3 - he could be anything. Sub Lieutenant trained by Henry de Bromhead is a lovely horse, I have won on him twice.
Who will be Champion Trainer in Ireland and England?
Don't know, it will be tight.
Who will be Champion Jockey in Ireland and England?
Ruby Walsh and Richard Johnson.
Give us an up and coming jockey to keep an eye on.
If you could ride any horse this season which would it be and why?
I think Killultagh Vic could be one of the best we've seen.
How has winning the Grand National affected your riding career?
I got a few good rides at the Punchestown Festival off the back of it but that's about it.
Has winning the Grand National changed your mental approach to big races?
No it hasn’t, I try to treat them the same as any other race.
How has losing your claim impacted on your riding career?
I have to compete in the same league as the top jockeys now, which means working even harder. It seems to be working so far anyway.
Will you be riding in England much this year, if so when?
If I can get a ride I will.
You are yet to ride a Cheltenham Festival winner. Other than the Gold Cup, which race would you most like to win?
The Champion Hurdle.
Other than prize money, if you could improve anything about the sport what would it be?
Facilities for jockeys in Ireland. Some hot food at some of the Grade 1 tracks for example.
Which jockey, past or present do you model yourself on, if any?
No one in particular, I try to look at all good jockeys and figure out what individually sets them apart.
What are your thoughts on the recent news about jockey’s bank accounts being attacked by fraudsters?
From what I hear it's disturbing and more jockeys, owners and trainers should take care. RacingFX provides a secure alternative to high street banks.
What are you most looking forward to about the 2016/17 season?
Finally, what is your best chance this weekend?
Blood Crazed Tiger if he settles.