David O’Meara

  • David enjoyed a successful career as a jockey, riding for Tim Easterby and then working for a number of years with Sue and Harvey Smith.  He won the Foxhunters at Aintree in 2000 and rode horses such as Turgeonev and Bells Life.
  • David only commenced training in June 2010 but had an amazing first season with 24 winners and a strike rate of 17%.  He built impressively on that this year in 2011 with 48 winners currently, earning many plaudits by revitalising Blue Bajan to be Group 1 placed, Pepper Lane to win 4 races, including the Great St Wilfred and Smarty Socks to win a £50,000 race at Ascot.  He has also won 4 times with Powerful Presence, bought for just £800 and rattled up a hat-trick with another cheap buy, Mont Ras.
  • Over hurdles in 2001, Viva Colonia won a listed race at Market Rasen and the Cartmel Cup.
  • In 2012 David continued his rapid progress up the training ranks with 66 winners on the flat.
  • David trains in a lovely setting at Nawton, just 3 miles from the picturesque Helmsley in North Yorkshire.  He is 24 miles from York and 16 miles from Thirsk.
  • The yard has 63 stables and a mixture of American barn style and traditional style.  There are two horse walkers, a 6 furlong all weather gallop, a lunging ring, schooling grounds and plenty of paddocks where the horses can relax and enjoy themselves.
  • Guy Brewer is assistant trainer, Liam Bailey, previously with Peter Beaumont, is head lad and Shaun, Becki, Andy, Kirsty and Beth are the other full time members of the team.
  • Jockeys who regularly both ride out for the yard and ride on the track include the highly regarded Silvestre de Souza and Danny Tudhope, together with apprentice Sean Levey, for the flat and Denis O’Regan for the jumpers.
  • The highest rated horses in the yard at the moment are Blue Bajan (Flat 116), Pepper Lane (107), Smarty Socks (108) and Roker Park (96) on the flat and Viva Colonia (122) and Kings Counsel (122) over hurdles.


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