In the pursuit of excellence

By Simon Clifford.

One of the shrewdest trainers in the business, Pat Flynn began his career way back in 1981. Hugely admired and well respected throughout racing in Ireland and abroad, Flynn’s yard at Ballingara, Carrick-On-Suir, Co Waterford, has produced some of Irish racings finest over the intervening years.

With nearly 700 winners to his name, Flynn has a proven track record, and holds the record for back-to-back winners at Cheltenham with Montelado, while his present crop include the likes of She’s Our Mark, Bahrain Storm and Waydownsouth

But it all began with just one horse, which is brought from his mother. Flynn was farming at the time. The horse in question was Cheap Display and it won its first race at Clonmel, and the rest, as they say, is history.

“That night I went for a meal and I met these people and they told me to buy a horse for them,” recalled Flynn. “So I went out with all the excitement and bought a horse for them.

“I paid £4,300 for it and they told me they were only joking. I was shell shocked as I’d only recently got married, but you’ll get a lot of shocks in this game. That would knock the cobwebs out of your ears very quickly.

“Thank God, my mother and father took him and he ended being the top two-year-old in Ireland that year.

For more see this week’s edition of the Irish World



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