My Racing Story: Sean McDermott

Being based in America is quite different than here at home – and sometimes not the easiest when you are a homebird like myself – but it was nice to come home for Christmas with my girlfriend and thanks to Ruaidhrí Tierney I squeezed in a winner at Leopardstown too!

Because of the weather along the east coast of America there’s no jump racing from November through to March, we’re lucky we only get rain in Ireland, but in America the ground would be frozen solid and it is just not feasible to have racing on the grass. Continue reading “My Racing Story: Sean McDermott”

My Racing Story: Sean Flanagan

To be honest it is still only sinking in that I’ve won a Leopardstown Christmas Chase but when I do sit back and think about it, it’s a wonderful feeling. It was only really on Saturday I got to sit down and watch the rerun of the race again and see how impressive Road To Respect was and it certainly gives you plenty to look forward to.

This year has just been phenomenal really and working for a man like Noel Meade just makes life so much easier. The association with Noel really came around by chance but I’m sure glad it did and to be riding horses like Road To Respect to win Grade One races is beyond my wildest dreams.  Continue reading “My Racing Story: Sean Flanagan”

My Racing Story: Dylan Robinson

After a frustrating summer with injury it’s great to be back amongst the winners and I have my boss, Henry De Bromhead, to thank for that. I’m based with Henry full time now and he has shown plenty of faith in me to put me back up on some good horses and it’s thanks to him that I’ve been able to get five winners since I got back.

In June I fractured and dislocated my wrist in a fall at Tipperary and that ruled me out for five months. Initially I wasn’t expecting to be out for that long but it just took a while to come right and it needed a lot of physio work and a lot of patience to get it right again and get the strength back into it. That was a tough time. The racing was hard to watch when you are edging to get back.   Continue reading “My Racing Story: Dylan Robinson”

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”

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