Born in County Galway in May 1981, Paddy Brennan wants, more than anything, to win the Grand National. After winning the Conditional Champion Jockey title in the 2004/05 season, Brennan turned professional and his first season started off well, by securing 60 winners under his belt. He has improved ever since, breaking the 100 winner mark in his 2007/08 season, and is now rated as being one of the best young jockeys in national hunt racing.
He is now a stable jockey for champion trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and is in the Top 10 Jockeys in the UK. His big race wins include the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2007 on Inglis Drever, the Ryanair Chase in March 2009 on Imperial Commander and the Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase in April 2009 on Hello Bud.
Brennan’s greatest hero is A.P. McCoy, who was “All we’d ever hear about, he was like a God” during his training apprenticeship with Jim Bolger at Coolcullen. He met him in his fifth year there, and “It was like David Beckham turning up at your local football club.”
On 20th March 2010, just a day after winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Imperial Commander and the Grand Annual Chase on Pigeon Island, Paddy achieved his 500th career winner aboard stable favourite Petite Margot in the “Home From Home” Handicap Chase at Ffos Las.
Brennan has previously ridden in six Grand Nationals and although he didn’t ride in the 2013 renewal, in 2012 he partnered Giles Cross to fence 11 before pulling him up.
For the 2014 Crabbies Grand National, Brennan was initially retained to ride Alvarado for trainer Fergal O’Brien but when first choice Paul Moloney became available the ride went to him instead.