Michael Halford

County Of Origin: Kildare

Date of licence: 1984

First winner: Kath-Der-Mar (Mr Michael Halford), Wexford, July 2, 1984

Significant horses (Selected): Golden Cross, Casamento, Raydara, Toscanini, Eastern Appeal, Snaefell, Russian Soul, Certerach, Miss Emma, Miss Sally, Jazz Princess, Nick's Nikita, Invincible Ash, Molly-O, Platinum Warrior. 

Assoc. jockeys: Conor Hoban, Shane Foley, Colm O'Donoghue, Ross Coakley. 

 

Did You Know:

A more than capable amateur rider, Michael Halford rode around 50 winners but has really made his name in his role as a trainer on the Curragh. He rode his first winner as a trainer when 2/1 favourite Kath-Der-Mar won a bumper at Wexford on July 2, 1984. He served as assistant to Noel Meade until branching out on his own that year. He has trained with notable success since then and gained his first Group 1 success with Casamento in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in 2010. Michael was closely associated with jockey Shane Foley for over ten years but announced in September 2017 that the County Kilkenny rider would no longer be an automatic first choice on his runners.

Michael reached a milestone of 1,000 winners in Ireland when Foley partnered Platinum Warrior to win the Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

 

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
Winter All Weather 2018/20197118778€182,813€37,500€220,313
Winter All Weather 2017/20189012131310€100,000€65,300€165,300
Winter All Weather 2016/201781141378€110,625€61,725€172,350
Winter All Weather 2015/2016791911126€171,540€40,395€211,935
Winter All Weather 2014/201589191486€146,900€47,983€194,883
Winter All Weather 2013/201480181259€133,000€25,920€158,920
Winter All Weather 2012/2013801411135€83,230€30,409€113,639
Winter All Weather 2011/20129197710€56,000€21,627€77,627
National Hunt 2018/201920000€0€0€0
National Hunt 2017/201851000€12,500€0€12,500
National Hunt 2016/2017131132€5,938€7,050€12,988
National Hunt 2015/201671101€7,350€2,285€9,635
National Hunt 2014/2015120120€0€3,990€3,990
National Hunt 2013/2014121100€5,600€1,700€7,300
National Hunt 2012/2013121022€5,250€3,305€8,555
National Hunt 2011/2012332422€9,975€7,018€16,993
National Hunt 2010/2011300411€0€6,265€6,265
National Hunt 2009/2010452233€12,600€12,670€25,270
National Hunt 2008/2009515652€48,575€27,660€76,235
National Hunt 2007/20089381276€89,250€51,970€141,220
National Hunt 2006/2007821810912€159,520€53,660€213,180
National Hunt 2005/200613411171210€115,600€97,565€213,165
National Hunt 2004/20051451214209€111,600€62,115€173,715
National Hunt 2003/200422222231715€248,190€100,370€348,560
National Hunt 2002/200322724291814€217,370€136,710€354,080
National Hunt 2001/200220029271410€255,977€80,802€336,780
National Hunt 2000/20011131361114€81,194€25,531€106,725
Flat 2019162321€7,188€16,700€23,888
Flat 201824122183029€353,625€244,000€597,625
Flat 201727428362922€350,375€261,675€612,050
Flat 201636636354931€485,638€335,465€821,103
Flat 201536939483946€470,280€373,645€843,925
Flat 201435932494742€380,900€379,225€760,125
Flat 201330936453535€440,780€289,395€730,175
Flat 201228641343729€337,840€222,174€560,014
Flat 201134626343436€210,135€193,932€404,067
Flat 201033536383329€607,675€210,177€817,852
Flat 200949234433446€317,685€197,794€515,479
Flat 200852732434134€361,200€256,473€617,673
Flat 200738726233535€676,680€315,075€991,755
Flat 200638736332932€705,455€334,270€1,039,725
Flat 200542454404131€747,490€279,655€1,027,145
Flat 200435128332923€316,100€217,314€533,414
Flat 200342429402735€468,700€313,295€781,995
Flat 200234325283027€374,740€286,975€661,715
Flat 200131322342130€226,712€153,632€380,344
Flat 200026919202921€171,142€90,739€261,881
Flat 199924215191818€66,173€48,599€114,771
Flat 199816213101515€51,996€36,397€88,393

Venue
Date From
Date To
Horse
Jockey
Race Type
Distance
Place
Weight
Rating
Pattern/Listed
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Clonmel 18/04/19 Castle Guest R.P. Whelan F 1m 1f 162yds 3 9-4 69 St. Patrick's Well Claiming Race
Clonmel 18/04/19 Yamato A.J. Farragher F 1m 1f 162yds 5 8-1 44 St. Patrick's Well Claiming Race
Dundalk 17/04/19 Pearlman (GB) R.P. Whelan Mdn 1m 2f 150yds 1 9-5 Avenue Inn M'dn
Dundalk 14/04/19 Miss Snossyboots R.P. Whelan Hcp 1m 4f 1 10-0 75 Recruit Island H'cap €7,188
Dundalk 14/04/19 Succeedandsurpass R.P. Whelan Mdn 7f 2 9-5 Imperial Hotel Dundalk M'dn €2,500
Naas 13/04/19 Grufalo R.P. Whelan Mdn 6f 20 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Gowran-Park 09/04/19 Kodianne N.G. McCullagh Hcp 7f 16 8-4 44 BetVictor Bet €5 Get €30 Offer H'cap (Div 2)
Leopardstown 06/04/19 Katiymann R.P. Whelan Hcp 7f 6 9-2 87 Leopardstown Members H'cap
Leopardstown 03/04/19 Tirmizi (FR) R.P. Whelan Hcp 1m 2f 8 10-0 78 Base Wood Fired Pizza H'cap
Leopardstown 03/04/19 Surrounding R.P. Whelan F 1m 3 9-3 97 SPIN 1038 Heritage Stakes (Listed) Listed €4,600
Leopardstown 03/04/19 Hamariyna R. Coakley Mdn 7f 3 9-0 JJ Kavanagh & Sons (Fillies) M'dn €1,400
Leopardstown 03/04/19 Sonaiyla R.P. Whelan Mdn 7f 4 9-0 JJ Kavanagh & Sons (Fillies) M'dn €700
Navan 30/03/19 Spelga (GB) N.G. McCullagh Hcp 1m 2f 9 9-3 61 Follow Us On Twitter H'cap
Navan 30/03/19 Karakhan N.G. McCullagh Mdn 1m 6 9-5 Arkle Bar M'dn (Div 1)
Navan 30/03/19 Castle Guest A.J. Farragher Hcp 1m 6 8-10 69 Bective Restaurant At Navan H'cap
Dundalk 29/03/19 Balefire R.P. Whelan Mdn 1m 6 9-5 Marshes Shopping Centre Ladies Day M'dn
Naas 24/03/19 Arcanears B.M. Coen Hcp 6f 2 8-5 79 Naas Racecourse Launches 2019 Flat H'cap €5,000
Naas 24/03/19 Sonaiyla R.P. Whelan Mdn 6f 2 9-0 Kildare Post & Kildare Now M'dn €2,500
Dundalk 22/03/19 Sky Seven R.P. Whelan F 1m 1 9-7 89 Moffett Engineering Median Auction Race €9,688
Dundalk 22/03/19 Miss Snossyboots R. Coakley Hcp 1m 4f 1 9-1 67 Print Express Apprentice H'cap €7,813
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*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).