Michael O’Callaghan – Trainer’s View – November 17th

Reflecting On the Season and Planning for the New Year

The 2016 flat season is over and I’m very happy with how it went. With seventeen winners and 65 places, the yard improved on last year’s tally. We have now passed the one million euro mark in total earnings since I started training a few years ago. We enjoyed a Group winner, two Classic placings and no less than seven of our nine winning two-year-olds went on to earn black type. All of this was made possible by the loyal support of our owners and a big sustained effort by the team here in Crotanstown.

Personal Racing Season Highlights

Some of my personal highlights of the season include; Now Or Never and Blue De Vega being placed in both the 1000 and 2000 Guineas respectively, Now Or Never’s emphatic win in the 1000 Guineas Trial, Kieren Fallon joined our team, Intrepid Prince winning at the Galway festival, attaining black type with the first two horses sent to us by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and the Sapphire Syndicate horse, Randall Stevens, winning his maiden on the fourth of July which doubled the celebrations of his four New York-based syndicate members. Their success, paired with our many other internationally based owners, proves that geographical location is absolutely no hindrance to successful racehorse ownership in Ireland.

Classic trials day
Now Or Never Winning  His Guineas Trial Under Kieran Fallon At Leopardstown

2017 & Beyond

I am very excited by the prospects of 2017 already. We will have a bigger, better quality bunch of two-year-olds than ever before and I’m also hoping of achieving big things with our talented group of three and four year olds. Group winners Now Or Never and Blue De Vega will spearhead the older division, while the stakes-placed; Holy Cat, De Boss Man, Mirdif and Mur Hiba will represent the three-year-olds. Mirdif will take us on our first excursion to Dubai in the New Year. We’re looking forward to the experience and to the prospect of sending more horses in that direction over the coming years, with a bit of luck.

Winter Racing & Training Plans

We will be keeping a low profile on the all-weather over the winter. It has been a long season and we want horses and humans to return fully refreshed for the 2017 flat season. We will, however, have a few representatives at Dundalk such as the sprinter Aggression and Mr. Bernard, who gave one of our stable apprentices Niamh Crehan her first ride under rules recently. With our yearlings already broken, backed, and out in the fields enjoying the late autumn sunshine. I am taking the time to put new syndication options together, including our extremely popular ‘all-in’ deals. There will be more information in next month’s post.


Michael O’Callaghan

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