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Curragh Trainers

Curragh Trainers

There are just over 50 trainers registered to train on the Curragh. Whether they have 1 horse in training or over 100 they all have access to the same world class facilities. Below is short profile on a range of trainers currently on the Curragh.

Dermot Weld

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Dermot Weld is one of Ireland’s most successful racehorse trainers. A qualified vet, he was the country’s leading Amateur rider on three occasions. He has been based on the Curragh at Rosewell House for over forty years. He has trained over four-thousand winners worldwide. Vintage Crop’s historic win, in the 1993 Melbourne Cup, meant Dermot became the first European trainer to win the “race that stops a nation”. He is still the only European trainer to have won a leg of the American Triple Crown after Go And Go’s win in the Belmont Stakes. Dermot has had multiple winners at both Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival including Rite Of Passage winning the Ascot Gold Cup in 2010. In 2016, Harzand won the Epsom Derby and completed the Derby double at the Curragh three weeks later.

Conor O’Dywer

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Conor began training in 2008 having had an illustrious riding career that included two Cheltenham Gold Cups and two Cheltenham Champion Hurdles. Since then he has set up a boutique style, dual-purpose yard with current capacity for 35 horses. This comprises of an indoor barn with 22 stables and a further 10 outdoor stables. Other facilities include turn out paddocks, lunging ring and a Horse –walker. His base right on the edge of the Curragh enables full access to the extensive Curragh training facility.

“I love training horses, with a string of 30/35 horses it allows me to give each horse the individual attention that they require and ensure they perform to the best of their abilities on the racecourse”.

Tracey Collins

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+353 (0) 45 441239

Tracey was born and raised at Conyngham Lodge Stables on the Curragh.  She is third generation, her grandfather MC Collins trained there, as did her father Con. Tracy’s family is steeped in the tradition of the Irish Thoroughbred Industry.

‘We are a small family business and try to do everything to the best of our abilities. We have wonderful facilities on the Curragh which are on our doorstep. It is our aim at Conyngham Lodge to get the best out of your animal whether he is a 0-65 handicapper or a Group 1 horse.  We will help you recognise the potential of your horse. It is our aim to make ownership of a racehorse a great experience.  We welcome all our owners to the yard to see the progression of their horse from breaking stage to hopefully winning on the track.’

Ken Condon

00 353 45 533770

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Ken grew up in Ballyhea, Co Cork, a small parish of 1000 people. His racing experience was gained across the globe with short stints at Coolmore, Haras de Fresnay Le Buffard in Normandy, Lanes End Farm in Kentucky, Neil Howard in Keeneland and finally 5 ½ years with John Oxx at Currabeg.

He took out his trainers licence in 2002 and won the Irish 2000 Guineas in 2018 with Romanised.

2018 was also the year that he and his wife Pauline purchased the historic Osborne Lodge on the Northern edge of The Curragh.

It has been lucky to its previous incumbents since James Dunne built it in 1897 with a roll call of 18 Irish classic winners including 3 Derby winners namely Flax Park in 1905, Wild Bouquet in 1908 and Zarathustra in 1954, not to mention latterly through the highly successful tenure of the Hughes Family where big winners were common and includes Champion Hurdle and Grand National winners.

Ken and Pauline hope to continue the classic legacy here and write their own chapter in a rich and successful history.

Katy Brown

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Originally from Yorkshire Katy has been in Ireland for the last 13 years. Her father Joey was apprentice to Ian Balding and also rode for Sheikh Mohammed in Dubai, whilst her mother Rachel was racing secretary for numerous years to Sue and Harvey Smith and also kept horses. Therefore she was brought up around horses and competed in showing and showjumping from a young age on both her own ponies and ponies for clients which she produced for the show ring. Her first job in racing was with Dandy Nichols before relocating to Ireland to work for the likes of Paddy Twomey and Sabrina Harty. She was granted a restricted licence in December 2016 and saddled her first runner Secret Memories in January 2017.She upgraded to a full dual purpose licence during the summer of 2018.

Denis Coakley
Having previously ridden for a period as an Amateur Jockey while managing a Medical Device company remained the “day job”, Denis took out a licence to train in 2017.  He had previously trained a few horses to compete in Horse and Pony Racing when his son Ross was younger and having won many of the big races together on that circuit this was a natural progression. Denis runs a very small family operation with no more than two horses in training at any time, but together with Ross he has enjoyed success, particularly in Dundalk where he had nine winners from his first thirty runners. Thankfully he has turned out to be a better trainer than he was a jockey!
Twitter:  @DenisCoakley11