Winning the big amateur race at the Galway Festival is certainly a feeling I haven’t had too often. When I crossed the line on Whiskey Sour, Patrick Mullins and Katie Walsh were roaring at me saying well done and I just said “I can’t believe it’s after happening”, it was a feeling I can’t really describe. Continue reading “My Racing Story: Aubrey McMahon”
Just before winning the Win Big With Tote Hcap at Galway with Magna Cartor on Wednesday, trainer Shark Hanlon joined us on the blog to tell his racing story.
When you are a neighbour of a star man like I was to Paddy Mullins, you have to develop some interest in horses and growing up so close to Paddy always had me intrigued and eventually I got out of the cattle dealing and went in to training horses and we are happy out there now with the horses.
Paddy used to always tell me “if you judge a bullock, you can judge a horse,” and anything Paddy would say you’d listen to. I went to school with Tony and Tom Mullins but I’d have learnt more off Paddy Mullins than I would in a lifetime at school. Continue reading “My Racing Story: Shark Hanlon”
One man’s misfortune can often be another man’s gain and with both Barry Geraghty and Mark Walsh out through injury recently, I’ve been lucky enough to get a lot of opportunities for JP McManus and things have been going great.
My week would consist of riding out in Christy Roche’s two days a week, spending a few morning’s in Joseph O’Brien’s and then meeting different trainers with horses for Mr McManus on the Curragh so things have been going great, thank God. Continue reading “My Racing Story: Jody McGarvey”
When I went to Limerick last Sunday to watch my horse, Top Of The Town, run, I didn’t expect to go viral after it, but I’ve people texting me from America, Australia and New Zealand about it and it’s gone a bit mad altogether. And that’s after he lost. If he’d have won you may forget about it! But that’s what it’s all about, having a laugh and the craic. Continue reading “My Racing Story: Josh Sheahan”
Being the general manager of the Irish Injured Jockeys means that some days can turn quite challenging but others can become quite rewarding. No two days are the same in this job but it’s great to see the charity moving forward quicker than we ever could have hoped since the Irish Injured Jockeys was set up in 2014. Continue reading “My Racing Story: Michael Higgins – Irish Injured Jockeys Fund”
Being a breeder and watching a filly that you have kept to race go and win a stakes races on her last racecourse appearance is a dream scenario and it was wonderful to live that dream with Penny Pepper at the Curragh last month.
I had bred Penny Pepper and sold her as a yearling but unfortunately her owner took ill and I got the opportunity to buy her back, so I did, and put her into training with Kevin Prendergast and she is now retired and in foal to Dragon Pulse, who I also bred. In this case things most certainly worked out, it doesn’t always work out but this was a real thrill. Continue reading “My Racing Story: John Tuthill”
From my point of view, the decision to turn professional and become the first ever female jockey in Ireland to do so, was a no brainer, but I really never dreamed it would go this well and riding out my claim at Wexford last Wednesday capped off an incredible few months.
When I was riding as an amateur I was riding in point-to-points and bumpers but I just wasn’t really getting going so I had nothing to lose to turn conditional when I had a yard behind me like Shark Hanlon’s that said they were going to support me. It was just great that it completely went the other way and changed my career. I did say to Shark that I never thought I would ride out my claim so it was a big deal to do that and nice to have a winner for Shark on Wednesday as well. Continue reading “My Racing Story: Rachel Blackmore”
14:30: Chesham Stakes 7f
September was a most impressive winner of her maiden at Leopardstown just over two weeks ago and this incredibly bred daughter of Deep Impact and Peeping Fawn will be short odds to make it two from two. It will take an amazing performance to beat her. Nyaleti ran on strongly when making a winning start over 6f at Salisbury and is another promising filly while Masar impressed with his attitude when overcoming trouble in-running to make a successful debut at Goodwood when Bartholomeu Dias was third. John Gosden’s Frankel colt Westerland got off the mark at the second time of asking at Leicester and he should have learnt plenty that day.
Last Autumn I took the difficult decision to leave home and move across the water to Harry Fry but it’s a choice that I’m glad I made and look forward to spending another winter over there, but beforehand I’ll be doing a bit of commuting over and back to Ireland.
On Tuesday evening I was back in Roscommon to ride for my Dad, Boots, and I’ll be back to England at the weekend but it’s always good to get home for a few days and see everyone. Continue reading “My Racing Story: Niall Slippers Madden”