Michael Halford

County Of Origin : Kildare

Date of licence: 1984

First winner: Kath-Der-Mar, Wexford, July 2nd, 1984

Significant horses: Golden Cross, Eastern Appeal, Snaefell, Casamento, Russian Soul, Certerach, Raydara

Assoc. jockeys: Conor Hoban, Sean Corby, Conor McGovern, Pat Smullen, Shane Foley

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Did You Know: A more than capable amateur rider, Michael Halford rode around 50 winners but has really made his name in more recent years in his role as a trainer on the Curragh. He served as assistant to Noel Meade until branching out on his own in 1984. 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.

SeasonRuns1st2nd3rd4thWin MoneyPlace MoneyTotal *
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 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 201721920292418€242,688€220,438€463,125
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
Venue Date Horse Jockey Race Type Distance Place Weight Rating Race Prize Money
Naas 24/09/17 Riyazan P.J. Smullen F 1m 5 9-3 Juddmonte Beresford Stakes (Group 2)
Dundalk 22/09/17 Smugglers Creek P.J. Smullen Mdn 1m 2 9-3 Jockey&Trainer Championship Claiming Mdn
Fairyhouse 20/09/17 Invincible Ryker P.J. Smullen Mdn 6f 2 9-5 82 Dandy Man M'dn €2,400
Fairyhouse 20/09/17 La Novia N.G. McCullagh Mdn 6f 15 9-0 Irish Stallion Farms EBF M'dn
Fairyhouse 20/09/17 Golden Pearl (GB) C.J. McGovern Hcp 6f 13 9-13 76 Your Clubs Fundraiser Apprentice H'cap
Fairyhouse 20/09/17 Castle Guest P.J. Smullen Hcp 1m 2f 12 9-4 83 Christmas Parties At Fairyhouse H'cap
Leopardstown 09/09/17 Kalaxana S. Foley Mdn 7f 14 9-0 Ballylinch Stud Irish EBF (Fillies) M'dn
Leopardstown 09/09/17 Riyazan P.J. Smullen F 1m 4 9-3 Willis Towers Watson Champions Juv. Stks (Group 3) €5,000
Down-Royal 08/09/17 Conron S.T. McCullagh Hcp 1m 4f 195yds 12 7-11 43 West Coast Cooler Apprentice H'cap
Gowran-Park 06/09/17 Betty Loch (GB) S. Foley Hcp 7f 4 9-2 75 Gowran Park H'cap €600
Navan 02/09/17 Conron C.P. Hoban Hcp 1m 2f 10 8-4 45 Gormanlough H'cap (Div 2)
Navan 02/09/17 La Novia C.P. Hoban Mdn 5f 182yds 7 8-6 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn
Bellewstown 31/08/17 Castle Guest P. Townend MdnHdl 2m 150yds 6 11-12 108 TheTote.com M'dn H'dle
Bellewstown 31/08/17 Shadagann P. Townend HcpHdl 2m 4f 50yds 10 11-3 123 At The Races Mullacurry Cup H'cap H'dle
Bellewstown 30/08/17 Diamond S. Foley Mdn 7f 168yds 4 8-12 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction M'dn €1,000
Roscommon 28/08/17 Invincible Ryker S. Foley Mdn 7f 49yds 2 9-5 82 Murray Ambulance M'dn €2,500
Curragh 27/08/17 Golden Pearl (GB) S. Foley Hcp 6f 5 8-13 77 Dublin Coach H'cap €438
Curragh 27/08/17 Port Lions S. Foley Mdn 1m 6 9-5 90 Irish Times Irish EBF (C & G) M'dn
Curragh 27/08/17 Surrounding C.P. Hoban Hcp 1m 2 8-11 84 Tote Irish Cambridgeshire €20,000
Curragh 27/08/17 Katiymann S. Foley Hcp 1m 5 9-0 87 Tote Irish Cambridgeshire €3,000
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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).

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