County of origin: Kildare
Date of licence: 2013
First winner: Only Exception (David Casey) Ballinrobe, July 22, 2013
Significant horses: Verhoyen, Texas Rock, Only Exception, Elusive In Paris, Blueberry Gal, King Of Aran, Longseoir.
Did you know:
Raised on the Curragh, Michael Grassick is a third generation trainer following on from his late grandfather Christy and his Group 1-winning father Michael. Michael served as assistant to his father for many years before taking over the training licence in early 2013. A graduate of the Irish National Stud course in 2005, he gained valuable experience working in Melbourne, Australia.
Michael's first winner was the David Casey-ridden Only Exception in the Bet Online At Thetote.com Mares Maiden Hurdle at Ballinrobe in July 2013 and his first winner on the Flat was Texas Rock, ridden by Niall McCullagh, at Down Royal a year later.
Texas Rock, which Michael bred himself, was a six-time winner for the stable and notably landed the Listed Owenstown Stud Stakes at Naas in May 2017 and the Listed Waterford Testimonial Stakes at Navan in October of the same year.
Michael's richest success to date came when Verhoyen won the Tote Scurry Handicap at the Curragh in July 2019.
Tote Scurry H'cap (Verhoyen (GB) - R.P. Cleary - 2019)
Owenstown Stud Stakes (Listed) (Texas Rock - W.J. Lee - 2017)
Waterford Testimonial Stakes (Listed) (Texas Rock - F.M. Berry - 2017)
Betway H'cap (Verhoyen (GB) - W.J. Lee - 2021)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Oaks (F) H'cap (Miss Myers - W.J. Lee - 2021)
William Hill Pick Your Places H'cap (Verhoyen (GB) - W.J. Lee - 2022)
Kildare Post Rated Race (Texas Rock - F.M. Berry - 2015)
Dublin Coach H'cap (Texas Rock - W.J. Lee - 2016)
Go Racing In Kildare 2017 Membership Hcp (Texas Rock - W.J. Lee - 2016)
Bar One Racing Nursery H'cap (Emily Grace - K.J. Leonard - 2018)
Dundalk Stadium Business Club 2018 M'dn (Verhoyen (GB) - W.J. Lee - 2018)
Roscommon Claiming M'dn (Brown Eagle - W.J. Lee - 2022)
NavanRacecourse.ie M'dn (Elanora - W.J. Lee - 2021)
Bord Na Mona Recycling Apprentice H'cap (Loingseoir - Annalise Cullen - 2021)
Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital H'cap (Texas Rock - W.J. Lee - 2021)
Curragh Where Champions Are Made H'cap (Verhoyen (GB) - W.J. Lee - 2019)
Fairyhouse June 11th Apprentice H'cap (Loingseoir - Annalise Cullen - 2021)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF(M)INH Flat Race (Mollys Glory - J.J. Codd - 2021)
Plusvital H'cap (Cactus Tree - W.M. Lordan - 2021)
www.roscommonracecourse.ie H'cap (Loingseoir - Annalise Cullen - 2021)
*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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