MEMBERS of the public in Limerick will get a unique opportunity to visit a horse racing yard this weekend with Ballingarry-based trainer Richard O’Brien participating in the inaugural racehorse trainer open morning.
The inaugural Racehorse Trainer Open Morning this Saturday will see a number of trainers nationwide open their yards to the public.
Those attending the Open Morning will have the opportunity to meet the trainer and their team, learn more about how the yard works and find out the many ways to get involved in racehorse ownership.
Richard O’Brien is also a qualified dentist and combines working in that profession one day a week with his training duties.
“This is our third year training here in Kilmihil, Ballingarry. We have 25-26 horses in training here at the moment.
“They are primarily flat horses, we do have one filly who runs over jumps," Richard O'Brien explained.
“This is a busy time of the year for us. Every trainer has plenty to fit, ready horses at the moment. It is very, very competitive. We are getting our horses out and getting runs into them.”
O’Brien’s Dean Street Doll ran an eye-catching second in the Derrinstown Stud 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown last weekend and holds an entry in the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas at the Curragh on May 26.
Another one of O’Brien’s stable stars, Chessman is being aimed for a tilt at the Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot next month.
He said: "Royal Ascot is the plan for Chessman at the moment. He has had two very good runs for us, he was a very good second in a Listed race in Navan on his second run and has ended up with a rating of 101.
"He will go for the Wokingham Handicap. If you were to read his form literally, that Navan run, he possibly, could be still well handicapped. We will have a look at him in the Greenlands, he will go to the Curragh on Guineas weekend and will run there first.
"He is a very,very exciting horse to look forward to. He is a five-year-old, we picked him up for smallish money and he has been terrific this far just to keep him in form.
"A crowd from Castleisland own him. They had a horse with me a few years back called Indian Tomahawk. It looks like they could be top hat and tails at Royal Ascot next month."
Looking ahead to Saturday's Open Morning at his training yard, Richard O'Brien said: "On May 18, the HRI (Horse Racing Ireland) are running an Open Morning initiative at trainers' facilities and we are one of the trainer's doing it.
"It is an opportunity for people to come to the yard and to see horses in their own environment. When we see horses at the races, they are very much out of their comfort zone and this is them in theirs.
"The purpose of the morning is to, maybe, make people aware of trainers in their locality and promote the possibilities of ownership. People should avail of it from that point of view, but even if it fosters an interest and people get to see the inside machinations of a racing yard, it would be good."
The open morning is free admission, however all attending must register their details. For more see racehorseownership.ie