I wasn't fortunate enough to grow up with horses, or even go to the races as a child, and it was only when I was looking for a hiding place from school that I ended up helping out in a racing yard and taught myself to ride. For the first time in my life I had found something that I enjoyed doing... I guess I had the bug!
For the next 15 years, I worked hard in the industry progressing from stable-lad, to head-lad and then Assistant Trainer. I also held Conditional and Amateur jockey licences, riding winners on the track and in point-to-points. I was privileged enough to work alongside some excellent trainers and with top quality horses in both Ireland and the UK, and all this experience helped me to formulate my own style of training.
In 2002, I finally took the plunge and took out my own licence back home in Ireland. My first two runners were both winners, and since they both occurred at the prestigious Galway festival, it seemed to prove that I had made the right decision!
At the end of 2011 I relocated to the UK with my family to open up more opportunities for my horses and owners. In 2013, I achieved a strike-rate of 20% wins to runs, and in 2016 had my best year numerically with 38 winners under both codes for the year. Now. after relocating from Staffordshire to our new yard in Worcestershire, I am relishing the challenge of working with even more horses, improving their quality and performances, and hopefully moving to the next level to achieve even greater successes.
The aim for the future is simple, continue to work hard, be open and honest with my owners, and always try to get the best out of each horse that I am privileged enough to train. I guess I'll always be 'Working to Win'!