Date of Birth: August 22, 1989
County of origin: Kildare
First winner: Good Time Sue (Monica Dowdall Blake)
Fairyhouse, June 26, 2008
First Group race winner: Invincible Ash (Michael Halford) Curragh, June 26, 2011
Champion Apprentice Jockey: 2009, 2010 (shared with Joseph O'Brien and Ben Curtis)
Significant horses: Quick Suzy, Gustavus Weston, Sesenta, Brendan Bracken, Glass House, Marias Dream, Les Fazzani, Dani California, Invincible Ash, Lily's Angel, Euphrasia, Burn The Boats, Exogenesis, Cappella Sancevero, Convergence, Only Mine, Queen Catrine, A Case Of You, Nickajack Cave.
Assoc. Trainers: Ger Lyons, Michael Mulvaney, Joe
Murphy, Gavin Cromwell
Did you know?
From Kildare town and a son of former jockey Raymond Carroll, Gary was involved in a three-way tie with Joseph O'Brien and Ben Curtis for the apprentice championship in 2010 with 39 winners apiece. He was champion apprentice on his own the previous year with 44 winners.
Gary's father Raymond won the Irish St Leger on the Vincent O'Brien-trained Gonzales in 1980. In a fine career of his own, Gary has enjoyed notable success with the likes of Brendan Brackan, Doctor Geoff, Invincible Ash, Glass House and Euphrasia. The Michael Halford-trained Invincible Ash was Gary's first Group race winner when successful in the Group 3 Woodies D.I.Y. Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh in June 2011.
A notable earlier success in Britain came on the Willie Mullins-trained Sesenta in the totesport Ebor at York in 2009 and Gary shared his first Royal Ascot winner with Gavin Cromwell when Quick Suzy lived up to her name with success in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes in June 2021.