My Racing Story: Katie O’Farrell

Growing up around horses it was probably inevitable that it would be a route that I’d go down but two years ago I made the decision to leave the amateur ranks and turn professional as a 7lbs conditional rider and after a rough six months on the sidelines through injury, now I’m hoping to kick start things as the winter approaches.

I remember the week leading into the Punchestown Festival I was so looking forward to the meeting, I was riding out for Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins and as a freelance riding for those kind of trainers you never know what a meeting like Punchestown could throw up. At some stage in the week they might want to claim off something or have a few runners in a race so a nice ride might fall your way.  Continue reading “My Racing Story: Katie O’Farrell”

My Racing Story: Kevin Brouder

Since riding my first winner on the track at Listowel last month I couldn’t have really dreamed that things would go how they have in the last couple of weeks but long may it continue I suppose.

I’m 20 now and after spending time with Christy Roche and James Nash on the Curragh I decided to move to England to work for Jonjo O’Neill earlier this year after seeing an advert that he was looking for a conditional jockey. Most lads go to England and find it tough, but I actually loved it over there and loved being away from home and Jonjo O’Neill was very good to me and gave me plenty of chances right from the start.

I was there six weeks and I’d say I had at least one ride every week for him and he was really giving me a chance but then I dislocated my shoulder and that held me up. To be Continue reading “My Racing Story: Kevin Brouder”

My Racing Story: Nina Carberry

When I drove into Ballinrobe last week I knew it was good to be back but the winner certainly made it even better and to have three winners from my first four rides back is great and I’m just very grateful to Noel Meade, who has always been very good to me, and to Gordon who is also going to support me.

Coming back I wasn’t sure what way it was going to go, to be honest. Noel has been good to me all the way along and provided me with a couple of nice horses to come back with and that makes it a lot easier.  Continue reading “My Racing Story: Nina Carberry”

My Racing Story: Killian McCarthy

Saturday at Gowran Park was the realisation of a very long term goal for me. After over 10 years of trying, over €40,000 raised for various charities, and a few sacrifices along the way, I managed to live the experience of what it is like to ride a winner on the track in leg two of the 2017 Corinthian Challenge. It didn’t disappoint.

In 2005 I led in a winner at the Cheltenham Festival – Dabiroun for Paul Nolan in the Fred Winter – and ever since then I just wanted to ride in a race and get that buzz and that Cheltenham Festival probably has a lot to answer for!  Continue reading “My Racing Story: Killian McCarthy”

My Racing Story: Brendan Sheridan

When I was still riding, a position to join the Turf Club was advertised and I took a chance in applying for the role and I was fortunate enough to get the job – that was 21 years ago – and this week I will officiate at Ireland’s most unique fixture at Laytown.

I am now Clerk Of The Course at eight racecourses in Ireland, one of which is Laytown, and as anyone can imagine it is very different to your normal race meeting but it’s very enjoyable.  Continue reading “My Racing Story: Brendan Sheridan”

My Racing Story: Takashi Kodama

Surviving as a trainer is so hard in Ireland and it is very hard to win races but winning the Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh Racecourse was my best ever result as a trainer and I would say it is unbelievable. Our mission when running in the race was to finish in the first 10… that was my mission, so to win the race makes me very, very happy.

Elusive Time was so well this morning. After every race I let him out into the paddock and he was kicking and jumping and he nearly jumped out over the fence so he is very well and he is very different this year. I don’t know what has happened because nothing has changed for him but he just seems to be improving.  Continue reading “My Racing Story: Takashi Kodama”

My Racing Story: Derek McGrath

Racing is not something that I grew up around or was actively involved in when I was growing up but since making the move into the industry I have continued to learn an awful lot about it and am really enjoying it.

I worked as a veterinary surgeon and in  the animal health pharmaceutical business so I know the environment and would have attended horse racing but I wouldn’t have worked in the background of the industry so that has been a learning curve and one that I’m continuing to absorb.  Continue reading “My Racing Story: Derek McGrath”

My Racing Story: Peter Fahey

Thankfully we’ve enjoyed a great start to the new season and things have been going well this summer but we’re just lucky to have the nice horses to train.

As much as I’m happy to see my own horses running well, I’m equally as happy to see any of the lads, Seamus, Jarlath, Paul or Mark have winners. There’s four of us that are brothers with a trainers licence and then Mark is my nephew. Seamus, Jarlath, Mark and myself would all train out of my home place in Monasterevin and then Paul is over in Nurney. It works well.  Continue reading “My Racing Story: Peter Fahey”

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