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Barry Connell: has signed Danny Mullins as his retained rider

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Danny Mullins signed up to ride for Barry Connell

IN A move that reflects both a changing era in the Irish weighing room and the steady emergence of a new major owner, Barry Connell will retain Danny Mullins to ride all of his horses.

In handing Mullins a dream job, Connell joins leading jumps owners such as Gigginstown House Stud and Alan and Ann Potts in retaining a jockey in Ireland.

"The operation has got to the size where it would benefit from having a guy working for me full time. I need someone committed to me and that's why I've made this move," Connell told the Racing Post. "Danny will ride my horses across the board."

The 20-year-old son of trainers Tony and Mags Mullins begins his new role with plenty of jumps stars to look forward to. Mount Benbulben and Minsk have kept Grade 1 company this season and Connell recently bought Golantilla, ante-post favourite for the Champion Bumper.

"I'm stunned, I never thought it would happen," said Mullins last night. "He is a great owner and I've been lucky to ride some winners for him."

Mullins will begin his new job immediately and will no longer form part of the roster at his uncle Willie's all-conquering yard in County Carlow.

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