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 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 20186876610€129,000€81,875€210,875
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

Date From
Date To
Race Type
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Pattern/ Listed Prize Money
Fairyhouse 15/06/18 Surrounding C.P. Hoban F 7f 1 9-7 95 Toals.com Bookmakers Fillies Race €12,500
Fairyhouse 15/06/18 Gougane Barra (USA) R. Coakley Hcp 7f 12 8-13 68 La Bucca Restaurants H'cap
Fairyhouse 15/06/18 Luna's Luck K.J. Leonard Hcp 7f 5 8-5 62 La Bucca Restaurants H'cap €313
Fairyhouse 15/06/18 Ahlan Bil Zain (FR) C.P. Hoban Hcp 7f 9 9-11 77 La Bucca Restaurants H'cap
Fairyhouse 15/06/18 Kodianne C.P. Hoban Mdn 6f 7 9-0 Fairyhouse For Fundraisers M'dn
Leopardstown 14/06/18 Vivianite C.P. Hoban Mdn 7f 30yds 5 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF (Fillies) M'dn €400
Leopardstown 14/06/18 Claregate Street C.P. Hoban F 1m 2f 5 9-1 76 Fitzers Catering Rated Race €450
Curragh 09/06/18 Gougane Barra (USA) C. O'Donoghue Hcp 6f 63yds 23 10-0 69 Treacy Group Supporting Newbridge H'cap
Curragh 09/06/18 Tirmizi (FR) C. O'Donoghue Hcp 1m 2f 6 9-9 91 PG Duffy & Sons Support. Newbridge H'cap
Curragh 09/06/18 Vidiyni C.P. Hoban Mdn 6f 9 9-5 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Curragh 08/06/18 Tauriel N.G. McCullagh Mdn 1m 2f 9 9-0 TRM's Calphormin EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Leopardstown 07/06/18 Luna's Luck C. O'Donoghue Hcp 1m 18 9-1 67 'Hothouse Flowers' H'cap
Gowran-Park 04/06/18 Kalaxana C.D. Hayes Mdn 1m 1f 100yds 1 9-0 ISF EBF Median Auction (Fillies) M'dn €12,188
Listowel 03/06/18 Cockalorum C.P. Hoban Mdn 1m 4 9-5 www.listowelraces.ie (C&G) M'dn €650
Fairyhouse 31/05/18 Lethal Turbo C. O'Donoghue Mdn 6f 2 9-5 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn €4,000
Fairyhouse 31/05/18 Kodianne C.P. Hoban Mdn 6f 6 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Gowran-Park 30/05/18 Ahlan Bil Zain (FR) C. O'Donoghue Hcp 1m 7 9-8 79 Thomastown H'cap
Gowran-Park 30/05/18 Intermedia C. O'Donoghue Mdn 7f 8 9-0 Gowran Park (Fillies) M'dn
Gowran-Park 30/05/18 Yamato S. Foley Hcp 1m 9 8-11 68 Thomastown H'cap
Gowran-Park 29/05/18 Smart Craft C. O'Donoghue Mdn 7f 10 9-5 Gowran Park Golf Club (C&G) M'dn

*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).

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