A Look Back At Some Of Our Most Memorable Winners
Cash Or Casualty – 9 Wins
Our very first winner which makes him the most important horse to us. He taught us so much about horses and how to train them. We were able to pick him up for €1,000 and he came with one or two things to sort him out.
Breaking his and our duck at the Galway Festival was just a dream. He won eight more races for us and often got us out of a hole when things got tough. He was a dream to train as he just loved the game and being by Footstepsinthesand, he came with his quirks but those quirks were the key to him as well.
All Ablaze – 3 Wins
This lad was our first two-year-old winner and our first hat-trick horse. He was electric. What I liked most about training this lad was that he completed his hat-trick off a winter break.
Normally we would kick on when a horse was winning but as a five-furlong two-year-old, he just ran out of options after September without going to Stakes company. His third win came in March as a three-year-old against older horses and that is still probably one of the best performances by one of my horses.
Enigma Code – 2 Wins
Time Travel – 1 Win
Ask Dad – 3 Wins
This lad was riddled with ability, one of the best workhorses we had. We bought him at the same time as Tribal Path but Ask Dad clicked quicker and won earlier for us. Our worst year of training came in 2014, but it is also the year I learnt the most and shaped the current model we have in place now.
This fella was key to that as he was our only winner that year but he did it impressively, scoring by four lengths at Dundalk in November. He went on to win twice more for us, including first time up after suffering a broken nose. Ask Dad had a lot of ability and he was the type that once he dropped into the 0-65 grade he would take all the beating.
Dylan Express – 1 Win
Tribal Path – 6 Wins
Six wins in six months including four in a row. It took us a while to figure him out but once we did there was no looking back. Before he won for us we almost sold him, but thankfully Rory put a valuation on him for us and we brought him home.
Unluckily for Rory, Donagh O’Connor got on with him like a house on fire and he was his pilot for all six of his victories. He recently returned to the yard and I am very grateful to his new owners that we will be able to complete the book on Tribal Path’s career as he is a very special horse to us.
Bluesbreaker – 5 Wins
Geological – 7 Wins
The 800 Guineas wonder. He has provided two Jockeys with their first winners, he has won from six furlongs to a mile and is competitive over five as well. He is a trainer’s dream. We picked him up at the sales we intended to sell Tribal Path at and we were excited from the day he stepped off the lorry.
He only ran twice that season for Richard Hannon and after we bought him Richard Hughes told us we would have a right good horse if we could find his problem. With thanks to our vets and our jockeys, we were able to pinpoint a couple of small issues and he was away. With seven wins to his name and still going strong I would love for him to retire with 10+ wins under his belt and hopefully, he can do it.
Red Avenger – 4 Wins
Dance Alone – 3 Wins
Wild Shot – 1 Win
Indian Tomahawk – 1 Win
Indian Tomahawk was our very first winner for an outside owner. Noel Hayes brought this lad to our attention before he ran in a claimer at Dundalk and brought him to our yard shortly after.
Like Ask Dad, he had loads of ability and our job was to try and see what made him tick. It was a great thrill to win with him at Clonmel and set us on a new road focussing on bringing new owners into the yard.
Mokhalad – 2 Wins
Alfirak – 2 Wins
Race Winner 50.
Alfirak was always a nice horse and we think he has a very bright future ahead of him. Last night it was his second win for us and his first since joining the Galaxy Horse Racing Team.
I am very thankful to Galaxy and all my owners, current and old, that helped us on our journey to the 50 winners milestone. Each horse has taught us something new and in this game, you are always learning.