My Racing Story – Thomas Sherry

To get my first winner on the board at Dundalk last month was really a relief more than anything. I’d be looking at the other 10lbs claimers riding winners and it is very competitive out there but you get the winner and it just gives you something more to look forward to.

This year got off to a bit of a slow start for me as I broke my leg in January and missed a good bit of the grafting in the early part of the year and that is where you earn the right to ride some of these horses but now that I’ve got my first winner I just want to get another one and next year the first aim will be to get down to being a 7lbs claimer.  Continue reading “My Racing Story – Thomas Sherry”

My Racing Story – Colin Keane

It has been a good few weeks since the season ended and it was a pleasant surprise to have so many people coming up to me in Trim, shaking my hand and congratulating me on winning the championship. It was nice because it caught the attention of people you wouldn’t think follow racing so for them to want to come up to me and say ‘well done’ is a nice feeling. It has definitely sunk in now.

The following that we had was brilliant to be honest. The last day at Naas I had heard there was a few busses leaving Trim but I couldn’t have thought there would be as many there and they made plenty of noise too so they really added to the occasion. It was an amazing day.  Continue reading “My Racing Story – Colin Keane”

MJ Doran – My Racing Story

Being involved in a Melbourne Cup winner was an incredible experience, an experience of a lifetime, and one that I was quite literally very lucky to have.

I’m working with Joseph O’Brien for about six months now and when I got the late call up to travel to Melbourne with Rekindling I said yes straight away to Joseph and despite getting a bit homesick after a few weeks down there, it couldn’t have ended up being any better. Continue reading “MJ Doran – My Racing Story”

My Racing Story: Robert Power

It was always Alan and Ann’s ambition to win a Gold Cup at Cheltenham and Sizing John managed to also win the Gold Cups at Leopardstown and Punchestown for good measure and it was fantastic that they could be there for that and Alan was very keen on this horse going for the triple crown of staying chases in England and the £1,000,000 bonus so it would be some story if the horse could do that but we’ll get Saturday out of the way first. We’ve known about this plan since the summer so he’s fit and ready to go and we’ll see what happens. Continue reading “My Racing Story: Robert Power”

David Casey – My Racing Story

It’s a little over two years since I retired from race riding and while I don’t miss the day to day lifestyle of going here, there and everywhere, I do miss that adrenalin buzz from a race that you can never replace.

I still ride work for Willie and do a bit of schooling but nothing will ever replace that thrill of riding and winning races but it can’t go on forever either.

Retiring and what would happen next was something I would have obviously thought about and spoke to Willie about. I’ve been with him a very long time now and he always said that when the time came to retire from riding that there would always be a job there for me. Continue reading “David Casey – My Racing Story”

My Racing Story: Peter Flood

Everybody knows just how competitive Irish racing is at the moment but I absolutely love being involved in the sport and between training a few myself for point-to-points and working in Gordon Elliott’s five days a week, I probably have the best of both worlds at the moment.

Point-to-point is the grassroots and it’s where I would have been brought by my mother and father growing up and even to this day, if we have runners or not, that is where you would spend most weekends.  Continue reading “My Racing Story: Peter Flood”

My Racing Story: Oisin Orr

No matter what happens for the last couple of weeks of this season it has been a good year and I’ve had my highest number of winners and achieved my goal at the start of the season. This year I just wanted to get my claim down from 5lbs to 3lbs, that was my only aim and I managed to achieve that so I’m happy enough with that and now I’ll just keep going and see how many more I can get. If we get anything else out of it it would be a bonus.

Being champion apprentice would be a nice feat to achieve but if it happens it happens and it’s not something I’m really thinking of at the moment. It’s just very unfortunate for Ana O’Brien who probably would have won it but for her injury, but that is racing and they are the risks.  Continue reading “My Racing Story: Oisin Orr”

My Racing Story: PJ McDonald

Winning a Group 1 on Laurens last Friday was the culmination of over 20 years of hard work and dreaming and while it has been a long road, it was one worth travelling.

My family isn’t involved in racing and had no racing background but for reasons that nobody can explain at home, when I was a kid I’d sit in the middle of the floor and watch the racing on telly. Most kids were watching cartoons yet I was watching horses run around a field without an idea of what was going on. I was just drawn to it for some reason and it just went from there.  Continue reading “My Racing Story: PJ McDonald”

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”

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