A 3rd Irish Derby for RACE Trainee Jockey Course Graduate, Seamie Heffernan

22 RACE Graduates won 41 races around the world last week with Seamie Heffernan (white cap) stealing the limelight with a memorable victory on Capri for Aidan O’Brien and the Coolmore Partners in the Group 1 Irish Derby at the Curragh on Saturday. Kildare-man Seamie was recording a 3rd win in Ireland’s most prestigious flat race and his win was not unexpected with pre-race talk on course that Capri had really sparkled in his last piece of work before Saturday’s bigrace. ¬†Seamie has been a key part of Aidan O’Brien’s team for the 20 years and is a credit to himself that at 44 years of age he is riding at the height of his powers. Seamie completed the Trainee Jockey Course in 1988 and along with Joe Fanning (1986) and John Egan (1984), both of whom also rode winners last week, he has certainly enjoyed a long and fruitful career. In his post-race interview Seamie said he’s already looking forward to trying to add a 4th Irish Derby triumph to his CV next year!

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Get a Career Leg-Up on our Exercise Rider Course

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A Great Week on the Track and on Campus

26 RACE Graduates rode 46 winners around the world last week. Joe Fanning (’86) easily topped the list with an amazing 9 winners last week including a treble at Musselburgh and a double at Brighton. Shane Foley (’05) notched 4 winners (Naas, Clonmel, Cork & Leopardstown) including a Gr.3 win at Naas on a Rehana, a filly that looks a live prospect for the Irish 1,000 Guineas (pictured). Pat Dobbs (’94) won 3 races (Windsor & Nottingham) including a double at Windsor, Kieran O’Neill (’04) rode a double at Bath, James Graham (’95) rode a double at Churchill Downs, USA, while Chris Hayes (’04) (Clonmel & Cork), Brian Hughes (’02) (Hexham & Sedgefield), Sean Flanagan (’05) (Ballinrobe & Downpatrick), Shane Kelly (’93) (Windsor & Goodwood) and Stevie Donohoe (’01) (Brighton & Chepstow) each rode 2 winners. Jerry McGrath (’07) (Kempton Park), Conor Ring (’09) (Warwick), Robert Winston (’96) (Wolverhampton), Daryl Jacob (’00) (Listed winner at Compiegne, France), Barry McHugh (’99) (Pontefract), Dylan Hogan (’12) (Clonmel), John Fahy (’07) (Lingfield), Colm McCormack (’06) (Sedgefield), Rory Cleary (’03) (Cork), Gerard Galligan (’09) (The Plains, Virginia, USA), Declan Cannon (’04) (Churchill Downs, USA), Emily Finnegan (’10) (Balaklava, Aus.), Conor O’Farrell (’06) (Nancy, France), James O’Sullivan (’11) (Wexford), Dylan Robinson (’11) (Wexford), and Leigh Roche (’08) (Leopardstown) all rode a winner. Congratulations to all #RACEwinners #flatjockeys #jumpjockeys#hopethatseveryone!¬†




Last week we held the first of three scheduled Point-to-Point Race-Riding Skills Courses with Derek O’Connor funded by CARE (www.workinracing.ie), demand has exceeded supply for places on these courses but we plan to schedule more days this year and places are offered to holders of a Qualified Riders license on a first-come-first-served basis, so anyone wishing to avail of this fully-funded training should get their name down as soon as possible.








We held our 3rd Junior Academy Training Days for pony race riders last Saturday and it was another great success. 12 young riders with aspirations of become jockeys and work-riders in the future were put through their paces here at RACE on practical training around racehorses and stable yard routine, simulator lessons, fitness training and as session with a Sports Dietitian. RACE Graduate Leigh Roche called in to talk to the group about his career path and what it takes to become a jockey and the importance of being a good team player in a racing yard. We look forward to having all the riders back to RACE in the future for more training.

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