The Irish Trainer - March 2018

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The IrishTrainer

MARCH 2018


First Grade 1 win for Monalee Leopardstown victory sets up Henry de Bromhead’s progressive chaser for RSA Chase bid

Tuesday 19th - Saturday 23rd June 2018

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Foreword First of all congratulations to all involved with the very successful Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown on the 3rd and 4th of February. Now as we head to Cheltenham a reminder to trainers without runners the need to apply to our office before Thursday 8th of March. Also for trainers without runners wishing to travel to the Aintree Festival please book your tickets in advance of the meeting. Trainers will have to produce their licence at the desk in person in order to collect their tickets on the day. With the new Stable Staff Pension Scheme up and running, we ask that trainers please remind their staff to return their pension forms as soon as possible as we don’t want any member of staff to miss out on this opportunity. Irish Life have been appointed as scheme administrators. Trainers please be aware that on all race days that the horse and the horse’s passport have to be there an hour before the advertised time of their race. Failing to do so, the horse will be withdrawn and the trainer will be fined €350.00. The stable staff employment guidelines and hours book are on our website under the Members Only section. If trainers wish to download, please contact our office for the website password. Kind regards,

Michael Grassick / Irish Racehorse Trainers Association

CONTENTS EU data protection regulations ......................................... 4 Winners Abroad........................................................................... 5 Interview: Sarah McNicholas and Alan Creighton, Irish Equine Centre ............................... 6 HRI budget ................................................................................... 10 Badges for trainers attending Aintree ........................ 14

COVER PHOTO: Owner: Barry Maloney Trainer: Henry de Bromhead Breeder: Aidan Aherne Jockey: N D Fehily Photo: Caroline Norris

Irish Racehorse Trainers Association – Curragh House, Dublin Road, Kildare Chief Executive: Chairman: Vice Chairman:

Michael Grassick Noel Meade Michael Halford

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Council Members: Jim Gorman Jessica Harrington Andrew McNamara Aidan O’Brien Patrick Prendergast Jnr.

Eoin Griffin Tom Hogan Eric McNamara Andy Oliver Dermot Weld

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New data protection regulations are coming into effect on 25th May and businesses need to start taking action now in order to comply. The General Data Protection Regulations apply to employers because they process personal data about their workers, such as date of birth, address, next of kin, etc. The new legislation will require privacy notices to be given to employees explaining how their personal data is used, the lawful basis for the business processing the information, and the amount of time it will be retained. Other key issues are that you must be able to demonstrate compliance and notify those affected by a data breach. You must have systems in place designed with privacy and data protection in mind. It is advisable to appoint a person or persons responsible for data protection within your organisation. In the UK, the NTF advises not to call the person a ‘Data Controller’ as this title brings with it various legal obligations. Data Protection Manager or Data Protection Leader are recommended alternatives. 04

The Data Protection Manager/Leader should then detail: What kind of data is being collected, where and why?

How is the data used, both internally and externally?

How long is the data retained?

Who has access to the data, both inside and outside the business?

What procedures and controls are in place to keep data safe?

Such data will include use of CCTV, sending payroll out to a third-party provider, and customer databases. Remember, it is not just about employees. The amount of time this may take should not be underestimated so it is good to start now.

Obituary Willie Codd We were saddened by the tragic death on 31st January of leading point-to-point handler and successful trainer, Willie Codd, who was hugely respected in the racing and sales community and will be greatly missed. Grade 1 winner Tranquil Sea was one of his earliest winners and he was renowned as a producer of future top-class racehorses, such as Stellar Notion, Tell Us More and Alisier D’Irlande, the latter pair ridden by his brother Jamie to win point-to-points for him. He was also a well-respected jockey and partnered What Odds to victory in the Champion Hunter Chase at the 2003 Punchestown Festival, beating brother Jamie, on Sheltering, into second. A young Jamie had led him back in on his first winner, Sore Toes, back in 1992. Last season was one of his best, with 10 point-to-point winners and four winners on the racecourse, from just 23 runners. These included the mare Tellthemnuttin, whose three wins included two at his home track, Wexford. We offer our sincere sympathies to his immediate and extended family. May he rest in peace.

Winners Abroad Willie Mullins had a high profile N/Hunt victory when Un De Sceaux triumphed in the Clarence House Chase (Grade 1) at Ascot. Then James Nash chipped in with Alohamora at Catterick. For the Flat, Darren Bunyan won a very valuable Handicap at Meydan with Hit The Bid. Well Done.



28 MAR



TATTERSALLS (IRE) ASCOT Two-Year-Old Breeze-Up Sale

9-10 APR

GOFFS UK Breeze-Up Sale 2018

12 APR

GOFFS UK The Aintree Sale 2018

17-19 APR

TATTERSALLS Craven Breeze Up Sale

19 APR


26 APR

GOFFS Punchestown Sale 2018

3-4 MAY

TATTERSALLS Guineas Breeze Up & HIT Sale

11-12 MAY

ARQANA Breeze Up

16 MAY


22 MAY

GOFFS UK Spring Store Sale 2018

23-24 MAY

GOFFS UK Spring HIT/P2P Sale 2018

24-25 MAY

GORESBRIDGE Breeze Up 2018

31 MAY


12-13 JUN

GOFFS Land Rover Sale

18 JUN 27-28 JUN 2-4 JUL 10-13 JUL



Michael Grassick in conversation with

Sarah McNicholas, CEO & Alan Creighton Irish Equine Centre MICHAEL: What services are the Equine Centre

providing to trainers on a daily basis? SARAH: The main thing trainers, and also

breeders and consignors, are realising is that having a sick horse is no fun, so any preventive measures they can put in place the better. Being proactive is far more cost effective than trying to identify and fix a problem after it arises and the damage is already done. Services used on a day-to-day basis would often include routine blood tests which can highlight inflammation, bacterial and or viral 06

issues. Through our Haematology and Biochemistry teams we can highlight issues such as infections, inflammation, muscle damage, electrolyte levels, assess hormonal assays for fillies, to detect if she is in season or will be soon. We have very rapid turnaround times on blood samples and the vet can often have a result back within a couple of hours. Other tests include faecal egg counts, wound swabs, environmental testing, hay and feed testing and water testing. It all helps a trainer to identify a problem early and have the choice of whether to put that

Vets are aware of what we offer and we have over 600 vet clients throughout the country. Some trainers use us sporadically for a particular issue, but others tend to rely on us to avoid problems and are very proactive, which they see yields benefits. horse in work that day or rest it. We all know that if a horse is feeling under the weather continuing full work doesn’t help, so advanced warning is useful, particularly in advance of a big meeting. If a horse isn’t going to be at its best you could be better off waiting for another day. Trainers should also realise that our veterinary and scientific staff are always available to talk through issues and offer advice. We never charge for our time and we are constantly helping trainers who have issues in their yard or want to improve their set-up. Most of that work is done behind the scenes and we won’t talk about it or promote it. Confidentiality and discretion is vital for all our clients. MG: When using services, does the trainer

go directly to the IEC or is he/she directed by their own veterinary provision? SMcN: Vets are aware of what we offer and we

have over 600 vet clients throughout the country. Some trainers use us sporadically for a particular issue, but others tend to rely on us to avoid problems and are very proactive, which they see yields benefits. Biological samples, such as blood tests and swabs, have to be submitted by a vet, but we liaise directly with trainers for things like gut flora screening, nutrition and hay testing, stable and environment tests, biosecurity in the yard and advising on the yard layout, such as how and where the feed is stored. We also do a lot of testing of water supplies as up to 30% of well-water is

contaminated but you don’t know it until it is tested. All of the results of these services are reported back directly to the trainer and advice is given on the yard set-up based on those results. MG: What are the benefits of environmental

and food testing services you offer? SMcN: A large portion of what Alan Creighton

does in the field is throughout the UK and France, too. Newmarket and Lambourn trainers are incredibly receptive, and Nicky Henderson is typical of the positive response we get from trainers abroad. At the recent ITBA Expo he told the audience he has been having his yard and feed stuffs tested by the IEC for the past 15 years and he feels the performance of his horses has been significantly Nicky Henderson enhanced as a result. Historically, the IEC didn’t have much money for marketing so all of the testing we do for the Newmarket, Lambourn and Chantilly yards has simply spread as a result of word of mouth. MG: How cost-effective is regular

environmental monitoring for potential issues that can adversely impact a horse’s performance? ALAN CREIGHTON: A hay test costs €70 for a

hygiene and nutrition analysis, so in terms of value, if you have a yard of 100 horses and you get to Christmas having your worst performance of any season, you’ll be looking to find out why. The hay could have been contaminated with some pathogenic fungi and the associated immune suppression could facilitate a secondary bacterial or viral infection.

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THE IRISH TRAINER / MARCH 2018 That’s your season gone and all for the sake of a simple hay test which could have prevented the problem before it started. We always encourage people to test hay before they actually buy it. It’s also important to know you’re feeding horses feed with the optimum nutrition and that the yard hygiene, ventilation and stabling is creating a healthy environment. Doing the simple things well and being proactive is vital if you want to get to the top. Water testing is another thing, trainers are always leaving too late. No matter whether you have a private well or mains supply connected to automatic water troughs, those systems have to be flushed out at least once a year and tested. MG: What is the IEC doing in research and

development to further help trainers? SMcN: We are always researching a variety of

topics and one area of interest is equine gut flora. We have developed a unique probiotic called ProSol, and trainers and breeders are telling us it is extremely helpful in resolving many issues when horses aren’t thriving and we can identify a gut flora imbalance as a cause. AC: Our new ProSol probiotic is bespoke, it is

grown from only the healthy gut flora of that individual horse. We identify and isolate the beneficial bacteria, grow it and then administer it back to the horse. When the horse is treated with its own healthy bacteria the positive response can be seen in two weeks, which is so much quicker than having to put the horse out to pasture for two to three months to achieve the same gut rebalancing. When the gut is healthy the digestive and immune systems work much better, so ProSol is extremely useful when there is a clear gut flora imbalance. NH trainers like it for backward horses, or the angular types as it can help them to gain a good topline. Similarly, if a trainer has bought in horses from abroad who have become stressed by the travel ProSol can get them going 08

We have developed a unique probiotic called ProSol, and trainers and breeders are telling us it is extremely helpful in resolving many issues when horses aren’t thriving and we can identify a gut flora imbalance as a cause. quicker. On the Flat you only have six months to develop a top-class two-year-old, so anything that can get them there quicker is beneficial. SMcN: With ProSol, the initial gut flora screen is

€25. If there is an imbalance we make it up in the laboratory into a probiotic from the good bacteria for an additional fee. In addition, we can store the good bacteria for the lifetime of the horse for €25, so if the horse ever needs a probiotic, say after a course of antibiotics, we can access it very quickly and formulate the ProSol immediately. AC: During early February 2018 alone, we have

taken samples from 60 two-year-olds where nothing is visibly wrong. We took these because the trainer wants us to assess them, treat any with an imbalance, and store the good bacteria in the inevitable event of a future imbalance, as a result of antibiotic use, illness, travel, etc. That screen and store service has been taken up by many trainers and for €50 for the lifetime of the horse, it’s a no brainer. SMcN: There is an immense amount of research

ongoing on human gut wellbeing and the link to overall health, including mental health. Everybody’s understanding is at an early stage, but we are conducting research on the equine gut flora to understand it better. The feedback shows ProSol has a profound positive effect on horses with a clear imbalance and the unique element is that it is bespoke for the individual horse. It’s not easy to do and you need scientific knowledge to eliminate the bad bacteria, and we

testing lab after more than 30 years which is a real shame. The issue is now coming to a head

in Ireland and it allows us to be at the forefront of international racing, breeding and equine exports. There are many challenges for the

because our insurance providers have concerns with the current condition of the building and if significant issues aren’t rectified our future is uncertain. Rather than spending money to simply patch up existing problems it would make more financial sense to invest in a new facility, an Equine Health Campus, that could be used for world class research, education and diagnostics. A strategic project to build a new Equine Health Campus to accommodate the IEC, Weatherbys DNA lab and other third parties would be a fantastic facility for the industry. We are talking to HRI and the Dept. of Agriculture to discuss how to raise funds for the project. Financially, we’re in the best shape we have been in for decades, so it’s ironic that the building is starting to let us down. With new facilities we could offer much more to the industry, but at the moment we are very much constrained. I’m immensely proud of the fact we are now financially stable and doing well, but we now need to push on. In the late 1970s Ireland had no Equine Centre and action was seen to be required and was taken. In 2018 we are once again at a crossroads and action needs to be taken – patching up the existing building

industry, but our sole goal is to support the industry with the best science and services we can. But within the IEC the biggest challenge we face is that our facilities are letting us down. The original building is 35-years-old, no money was ever available to invest in it and there is no room to grow. Our tenants Weatherbys have indicated their intention to move out their DNA

would be a waste of money with no commercial benefit, or we could provide a better service for the industry. The decision needs to be taken. We’re on a clock, we can either repair or replace the old building, but doing nothing is not an option. We need the industry to get behind us and support a strategic investment in the long-term future of the IEC. �

Overseas training centres served by the Irish Equine Centre include Chantilly

We are happy with our low disease status in Ireland and it allows us to be at the forefront of international racing, breeding and equine exports. have developed that skill over 15 years. Professor Tom Buckley started looking into it over 15 years ago and ProSol is the result of that research. It’s nice that we have a tangible beneficial product as a result of his years of work. MG: What is happening behind the scenes

to ensure Ireland’s disease-free status? SMcN: We are happy with our low disease status




BUDGET REPORT Irish racing’s budget for 2018 was approved in December and has met the commitments previously made, including those in the areas of prize money, people training, integrity services and point-to-points. This comes as a result of cautious spending in the past, allowing HRI to build up necessary reserves in order to carry out the budgeted programmes in 2018.

Prize money this year will rise by €2.2m to a record figure of €63.3m. This is due in part to eight extra fixtures to be staged, support for the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival in February and the full-year effect of programmes introduced in 2017 to the lower tier point of entry races, including the overall minimum race value of €10,000. Prize money grants for point-to-points will increase by 23%.

straight seven-furlong track at Cork, an upgrade

Capital funding for racecourses has been continued, enabling tracks to enhance the experience for the general public, owners and those working within the industry. Major capital projects are ongoing at the Curragh, Galway, Naas and Punchestown, with many other racecourse improvements grant aided from HRI underway or due to commence this year. Among the developments are a new

for this project are currently being sought.

Dublin Racing Festival

of the stable yard and stable staff facilities at Tramore, track widening and drainage at Fairyhouse and a new entrance at Ballinrobe. The next phase of the redevelopment of Leopardstown will also commence this year, the €15m development to include new weighroom, saddling boxes, bars, restaurants and public facilities. Expressions of interest

HRI has allocated €9.1m for an increased commitment to integrity services and there is to be further investment in its ownership department, with an increase in promotional activities in Britain and America, as well as increased investment in marketing and communications. A structured programme for industry staff training and welfare projects will be implemented throughout the year, including the Jockey Pathway programme. “Increased investment in staff, training and welfare projects is welcome and, together with the funding provided to RACE, comprises an overall investment of €1.4m in industry training and education,” HRI Chief Executive, Brian Kavanagh, commented.


The Curragh’s redevelopment is one of several major projects in 2018

opportunities for the industry’s most important resource – the people that work in it. The priority will be to work with Government to put in place a long-term permanent funding basis for the sector. The measures announced [for 2018] are sustainable in the short-term only. In the absence of a funding solution, these programmes are not sustainable in the long-term.” Kavanagh added, “While prize money will be up to a record level of €63.3m, it is worth pointing out that 10 years ago the total prize “Despite the static nature of the Horse and fund in Ireland was €60.4m with 21 fewer Greyhound Racing Fund in 2018, the Board has fixtures than will be run this year. HRI will opted to invest further in policies which will continue to maintain the minimum prize develop and grow the industry,” he continued. money value at €10,000 for any race in Ireland “The Deloitte Report published along with the higher base in September established the Brian Kavanagh values which were introduced value of the thoroughbred for point of entry races during industry to the economy at €1.84 2017. We will also provide billion per annum, while 2017 additional financial support saw probably the greatest ever for initiatives designed to allow level of success on the track and in smaller owners and trainers the sales ring for Irish-trained to be competitive, such as the and Irish-bred horses. 2yo auction race programme and “The Budget approved for 2018 the further development of an will stimulate future revenue equivalent National Hunt series.” streams and provide development continued � New programme for staff training and welfare to be implemented



2018 BUDGET REPORT Key points: � Continued

Further ownership promotions are planned

support and further development

of the 2yo auction race series, the auction novice series over hurdles and increased support for Flat staying races. These have been supported by the Irish European Breeders’ Fund and the Irish EBF’s overall sponsorship contribution will rise by €200,000 to €2.2 million this year. � Continuation

of trainer marketing supports.

A number of new ownership promotions, domestic and international, are planned. In November, the Association of Irish Racecourses announced increased raceday ticketing allocation for owners. � Significant

investment in marketing and

communications, including marketing support for racecourses. HRI will work directly with racecourses to target specific meetings for growth. � A

number of HRI regional roadshow events

are planned to engage with the various stakeholders in the industry and explain support services available. � Point-to-point

prize money will increase by

€161,000, increasing prize money for all races other than 4yo and 5yo maidens. Administration grants for point-to-points will be maintained at the increased level of €6,500 per fixture (previously €4,500 per fixture). � Allocation

of €9.1m approved for integrity

services, including funding for an injury management database and for CCTV installation at a number of racecourses stable yards. 12

� Embedding

career pathways within the industry and providing adequate training and support structures for a broader range of people working in the industry.

� Allocation

of €1.095m from HRI and a further €450,000 from the Thoroughbred Foal Levy to Irish Thoroughbred Marketing with the emphasis on protecting the UK market and developing new markets wherever possible.

� Continuation

of support of the Plus 10 Bonus Scheme, which will see 100 bonuses of €12,500 distributed amongst qualified winners of Irish Flat races.

� Funding

for the Irish Equine Centre will increase to €2.22m. HRI is working with the Centre to develop a long-term vision for an Irish equine campus, which will be a centre of excellence for diagnostics, research and disease surveillance. The required capital investment is the subject of ongoing discussions with the HRI Board.

� Continued

development of the Racing Administration System (RAS) operated by HRI, and provisions for new sets of starting stalls at Killarney and Tipperary.

Saturday 21 April 2018 - Coral Scottish Grand National Day The Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Steeple Chase (Grade 3) 4M For 5 year olds and upwards Entries must be made by noon Tuesday 3 April

Prize Fund £215,000

The QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle (limited handicap) (Grade 2) For 4 year olds and upwards Entries must be made by noon Tuesday 3 April


Prize Fund £105,000

The Open Novices’ Handicap Steeple Chase For 5 year olds and upwards Entries must be made by noon Monday 16 April

3M 67Y

Prize Fund £100,000

The Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) For 5 year olds and upwards Entries must be made by noon Monday 16 April


Prize Fund £45,000

The Scotty Brand Handicap Steeple Chase (listed race) For 5 year olds and upwards Entries must be made by noon Monday 16 April

1M 7F 112Y Prize Fund £40,000

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The Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree 2018 Tickets and Badges for those who do not have runners

In order to avoid the difficulty of organising badges for the Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree from Thursday 12th until Saturday 14th of April, for Irish trainers travelling over but DO NOT HAVE RUNNERS , we have agreed with Aintree Racecourse that any Irish trainer who requires access to Aintree should apply to us in advance. This will be administered by us and we will arrange with Aintree for two badges per trainer, per day to be available for collection by the trainer at the Owners and Trainers Reception, by the horsebox park, situated on the racecourse side of Melling Road.

Irish trainers holding a full licence wishing to attend The Festival 2018, who do not hold entries or have runners;

MUST APPLY TO THE IRISH RACEHORSE TRAINERS ASSOCIATION IN ADVANCE OF THE MEETING. The IRTA will administer the applications and arrange with Aintree for two Club badges

per trainer , per day to be available for collection at the Owners’ & Trainers’ Reception, by the horsebox park, situated on the racecourse side of Melling Road.

Please note, that this will be the ONLY way that badges will be issued to trainers, unless they actually have runners on the day. These badges are for the trainer only and identification will also be required when collecting the badges. 14


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THURSDAY 12TH – GRAND OPENING DAY The Manifesto Novices’ Steeple Chase

(Gr 1)

2m 4f


The Doom Bar Anniversary 4YO Juvenile Hurdle

(Gr 1)

2m 1f


The Betway Bowl Steeple Chase

(Gr 1)

3m 1f


The Betway Aintree Hurdle

(Gr 1)

2m 4f


The Randox Health Foxhunters’ Steeple Chase

(Cl 2)

2m 5f


The Red Rum Handicap Steeple Chase

(Gr 3)



The Goffs Nickel Coin Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat

(Gr 2)

2m 1f


The Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle

(Gr 3)

2m 4f


The Betway Top Novices’ Hurdle

(Gr 1)

2m ½f


(Entries close at 12 noon, Tuesday, 20 March)


The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase

(Gr 1)

3m 1f


The JLT Melling Steeple Chase

(Gr 1)

2m 4f


The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase

(Gr 3)

2m 5f


The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle

(Gr 1)

3m ½f


The Weatherbys Standard Open NH Flat

(Gr 2)

2m 1f


(Gr 3)

3m ½f


(Entries close at 12 noon, Tuesday, 20 March)

SATURDAY 14TH – GRAND NATIONAL DAY The Gaskells Handicap Hurdle The Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle

(Gr 1)

2m 4f


The Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase

(Gr 1)



The Betway Handicap Steeple Chase


3m 1f


The Ryanair Stayers’ Hurdle (Registered as the Liverpool Hurdle) (Gr 1)

3m ½f


The Randox Health Grand National Steeple Chase

(Gr 3)

4m 2½f 1,000,000

The Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle (cond’ and amat’)

(Cl 2)

2m ½f

Please contact Andrew Tulloch (Clerk of the Course) at or on +44 7831 315104 for further details.