The trainer is the most vital cog in any Racing operation, and it is their job to nurture the horses, bring them to peak fitness and choose the most suitable races. Here at Royal Racing Club, we are lucky to have four top class Trainers on our side.
Having served his time with the famous Dreaper family, Dermot is now based at Lee Valley training centre in the heart of the thoroughbred scene in county Meath and is building a fine reputation for himself as a Trainer. His strike rate in INH flat races is 30 % over the last five seasons. Dermot expertly handled the talented but delicate Vics Canvas to finish third in the 2016 Aintree Grand National. A diverse trainer, who you will often see in the winners enclosure be it a NH race, Flat race or point to point. With excellent facilities and top riders at his disposal, the future is bright for Dermot as the quality of his string increases year on year. Canardier and Santa Rossa look to be two extremely exciting horse for his team with a view to the major spring festivals such as Cheltenham and Aintree.
Sheila is widely recognised as an excellent judge of a horse, once an accomplished event rider, her attention to detail is second to none and she leaves no stone unturned in her quest for winners. Horse Racing in Ireland is fiercely competitive and one needs to be on top of their game to compete with the super powers of Coolmore and Ballydoyle. Sheila has done extremely well with horses bought for relatively modest sums and her hard work is paying off with her stable in Agher, county Meath, going from strength to strength each year. 2019 looks set to be a big year for her team with the exciting group 1 placed Lady Kaya to look forward to. We are delighted she has agreed to train our 2yo by Red Jazz who is showing some promising signs at home. Sheila is knowledgeable, entertaining and honest, be it good or bad news, she will give it to you straight.
A native of Tara in county Meath, Shane is a highly promising young trainer. Shane has all the credentials to make it to the top of the sport. He is based at the great Tommy Carberry’s stable, where BobbyJo was trained to win an Irish and Aintree Grand National. He seems to be particularly adept with Mares. Shane recently trained Sassy Diva to win a high-profile race at the Dublin Racing Festival. He has picked up plenty of black type with the likes of Sassy Diva and Cashelard Lady. Other notable winners are Lily Yeats and court challenge. He is enjoying his best ever season to date with 5 wins and 3 seconds from just 24 runners, he is also close to breaking €100,000 in prize money for the season. Without a doubt a trainer to watch for the future.
Thomas is a young and ambitious trainer, he graduated from the point to point field, where he rode plenty of winners and formed a successful partnership with the highly rated No Discount. He has learned his trade from the very shrewd Edward Cawley. Thomas is based in Batterstown, Co Meath and has invested heavily in his stable with the installation of a new AW gallop and walker. He has an incredible work ethic and he and his team are beginning to reap the rewards, with point to point winners beginning to flow. Keep an eye out for him in the future as he’s a name you will be hearing plenty about.