Monday, December 27, 2021

THE closest finish of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival so far came on Monday in the last race when Patrick Mullins produced a sensational fight-back on Embassy Gardens to deny Gordon Elliott’s, Santonito, in the very last stride of the Paddy Power I’d Love a Pint but its 8,00pm” Flat Race.

Patrick Mullins onboard Embassy Gardens comes home to win
Photo: ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

Even after weighing in and coming back out for this interview the winning jockey was still feeling the effects of the tight finish.

I don’t know who is pulling harder. Me or the horse,” he joked.

They are two good horses. I know Gordon liked his horse a lot. This fella is beautifully bred-Adriana des Mottes. He is not quick but he is tough.”

Both jockey and horse displayed tremendous grit to pull out the result.

I turned in I thought I win. Coming up the straight the other horse kept pulling out. I thought then we are not going to win today. Then in the last few yards he put his head down,” explained Patrick.

His father, Willie, who was completing a treble pointed out Embassy Gardens did survive a scare in the closing stages.

He was very green and then getting a slap across the face when the other horse came in on top of him didn’t help. Hopefully, he will improve a little bit from that.”

The winner is owned by Sean and Bernardine Mulryan who were major owners over twenty years ago but haven’t had a major profile of late.

Sean got back in the game recently and he has three to four horses with us. He will enjoy that. A nice place to win,” acknowledged Patrick.

By Kieran Murphy

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