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Meet Your Trainer ..

A Winning Combination ...

From Dunboyne, County Meath, Jack is a graduate of the University College of Dublin (Agricultural Science) and of the Godolphin Flying Start programme (2011-2013). Upon graduation from the GFS course Jack gained more experience working with such trainers as Jim Bolger, Gai Waterhouse, Roger Varian, and also with leading breeze up conditioner Brendan Holland. Jack sent out his first winner at Dundalk in August 2018 when his parents' homebred filly Black Magic Woman won the juvenile fillies' maiden and since then it's fair to say that Jacks career has gone from strength to strength.​

When questioned for an interview recently about why he decided to go down the training route? Jack responds by saying: "I would say that since a young age I always enjoyed being involved in competitive sport so once I focused on making a career in the thoroughbred horse industry I could always see myself angling towards the racing side of things to satisfy my competitive nature and my passion for the thoroughbred racehorse. Upon graduation from the flying start programme I spent a few more years gaining experience predominantly in racing for some notable people so it was at around that point that I thought I had what it took to go out and train for myself.

 

At that time my parents were happy to let me synchronise their breeding operation with my aspirations to train racehorses. This gave me access to some horses and we managed to make that work so luckily that put myself in a position to develop and grow the training setup at Killarkin Stud. 

​After some early success with our own stock I came to the decision to train on a full time basis, and in the knowledge that I could get support from new (outside) owners. More horses came my way and I was lucky to train some good horses early on and achieve black type success with them so that really got me rolling.​

I'm confident that the experience that I've gained this far will help me to continue to progress up through the training ranks in Ireland. We have strategically increased our numbers year on year to this point and we are looking forward to having around 30 horses in training as we move into 2022. I'm proud of what we've managed to assemble here at Killarkin thus far, in terms of staff, facilities, and the quality of horse that we have in training so I'm looking forward to the future.

JWDRACING