‘Ballagh’ jockey is racing to glory

* Maybe Paul pic big with heading in on pic?  A young man with very strong Roscommon connections is emerging as one of the brightest stars of the flat racing world in the UK after he chalked up a major win at Lingfield Park last Saturday.   Paul Mulrennan, who is 24-years-old, was aboard the Mick Easterby trained Gentlemans Deal which landed the £100,000 Betdirect Derby and the horse is now favourite (at 10/1) to land one of the season’s biggest handicaps The William Hill Lincon at Newcastle this Saturday.   The 4/1 joint favourite wore down Blue Bajan inside the final furlong under the strong driving of Mulrennan to take the big prize.   Paul Mulrennan’s father John hails from Ballaghadereen while his mother Mary comes from Ballinasloe and Paul has numerous relations living in Roscommon town, Ballinasloe and Rahara.   He turned professional in 2006 and is attached to trainer Mick Easterby’s yard at Sheriff Hutton in Yorkshire. Paul has amassed a total of 129 winners to date.   So impressed were the all-powerful  Godolphin stable at the talents of Mulrennan that they invited him to Dubai in 2005 where he sepnt time working for the top stable there.   In 2004 Paul won the Lester Piggott ‘Flat ride of the year’ trophy for his performanmce on Blue Spinakker when winning the Zetland Gold Cup that year.   Paul is a very keen follower of Roscommon football and he has  tried to get back to Ireland to see the Rossies in action whenever he can. Paul lives in Ealing in London which is close to Ruislip, the home of Gaelic Games in London.   Paul Mulrennan is now regarded as one of the leading up and coming talents on the UK racing scene with the top trainers and owners beginning to sit up and take notice of this talented young Roscommon man.