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Mullins back in the saddle for Gowran 'man v machine' event.

?TRAINER Tony Mullins is to come out of his race-riding retirement for a special one-off contest with a difference at the inaugural Gowran Festival of Speed a fortnight today.

The former champion jockey will race one of his horses against a rally car around Gowran's racetrack in a 'man versus machine' charity challenge.

The machine will be a Fiesta R5 driven by leading rally driver, and owner of Connolly's Red Mills, Joe Connolly, and €1,000 will be donated to a charity chosen by the winner.

Mullins will forever be remembered for his association with champion Dawn Run, and to commemorate that mare's famous match with Buck House nearly 30 years ago, Mullins' horse for the three-furlong dash will be called Dawn Run for the day, while the rally car will be named Buck House.

"Only something special would get me back in the saddle riding competitively and this is definitely something different - a race where the original horsepower takes on modern horsepower and a nod to my famous match on Dawn Run against Buck House," says Mullins.

"I'm also looking forward to being back on my local track - a track I love - where I've enjoyed many wins in my career as a jockey."

He and 'Dawn Run' will gallop on the racecourse turf while the rally car will drive along the ambulance road.

The race will be one of the highlights of the Gowran Festival of Speed, which is modelled on Goodwood's well-known event.

Along with the special challenge, the weekend will feature the original Wall of Death show, celebrity rally driver displays, demonstrations of Formula One cars and a host of iconic and celebrated cars.

There will on-site camping. Tickets cost €10 per adult and €5 for a student or senior citizen, while children under 16 are free. They can be bought on the gate or from tickets.ie.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 28, 2015
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