David O’Meara – TRM Trainer of the Quarter – October to December 2015
October 21, 2015
A former successful jump jockey, David O’Meara has once again gone straight to the top as a trainer, taking out a licence in 2010 and enjoying a meteoric rise from his tranquil North Yorkshire stables at Nawton.
The year after taking out a licence, Blue Bajan gave him his first Group winner, when taking the Group 2 Henry II Stakes and Penitent continued the success in 2012 with two Group 2 wins, G Force delivering the stable’s first Group 1 victory when winning the Haydock Sprint Cup last season.
The philosophy of the yard is simple: teamwork and putting the welfare of the horse first, the winners will come. With around 100 horses in training, the winners are currently unstoppable.
The weekend of 12th-13th September was a case in point and made the choice of Trainer of the Quarter another one horse race for Arthington Barn Stables.
With Group runners in four different countries, Custom Cut kicked off proceedings for Team O’Meara with a battling success in the Group 2 Clipper Logistics Boomerang Mile at Leopardstown, his seventh victory since joining O’Meara.
The following afternoon Move In Time landed the Group 3 Qatar Prix duPetit-Couvert with ease at Longchamp. He will be returning in the hope of a repeat success in the Prix de l’Abbaye, “back in France, which he loves,” says O’Meara.
The transformation of horses is something O’Meara is fast earning a reputation for and Move In Time is a great example. Rated 85 when joining O’Meara, he progressed through the ranks to land the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye last season.
Last to go was Mondialiste on Sunday evening in the Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile. Coming from last to first, the Galileo colt landed the Canadian prize and completed a fantastic weekend treble across three countries.
Mondialiste was taking a step up in class following his wins in a Listed race at Pontefract and the Group 3 Strensall Stakes and he fully vindicated the faith placed in him.
Like so many who have been transferred into O’Meara’s care, Mondialiste has improved out of all recognition since joining him from France at the beginning of the year and the Woodbine Mile was his third consecutive victory.
“It’s fantastic for his owners, Sandra and Geoff Turnbull,” says O’Meara.
“Everybody at home and all of the staff involved in making this happen deserve so much credit and are hugely proud of their achievement.
“We contested four Group races and won three of them, which is immense,”he adds. “It was a huge logistical nightmare and Emma Jones in the office did a fantastic job in sorting it all out!”
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