County Of Origin: Kilkenny
Date of licence: 2006
First winner: Shaimaa (Mr Patrick Mullins), Cork, April 9, 2007
First Grade 1 winner: Skyace (Jody McGarvey) Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final, Fairyhouse, Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021
Significant horses: Skyace, Hidden Cyclone, Truckers Delight, Luska Lad, Alfa Beat, Darenjan, Shaimaa, Western Leader, Murchu, Usuel Smurfer, Camlann, Mighty Stowaway, Kilkishen, Dime A Dozen, Mega Mindy.
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From Bagenalstown, County Carlow, John "Shark" Hanlon was involved in the cattle-trading business and his career in horse racing began with the Mullins brothers, Willie, Tony and George. He took out his own license to train in 2006, had his first runner in January of the following year and four months later enjoyed his first winner when the Patrick Mullins (claiming 7lbs)-ridden Shaimaa won a bumper at the Easter Festival at Cork.
Darenjan, Luska Lad and the 2009 Punchestown festival winner Truckers Delight were notable early winners. Luska Lad gave Shark his first Graded success when landing the Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown in January 2010 and followed up in the Red Mills Trial Hurdle, again at Grade 2 level, at Gowran Park the following month with Western Leader winning the Grade 2 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice at Thurles just 12 days later. Hidden Cyclone emerged as another stable star later that same year while Truckers Delight won at both the Punchestown and Galway festivals in 2011. Another major success in 2011 came Shark's way when Alfa Beat won the Kerry National at Listowel in September.
It is not lost on Rachael Blackmore how instrumental Shark was on her early career. She rode her first winner on his Stowaway Pearl at Thurles in February 2011.
Skyace, famously bought for £600, gave Shark his first Grade 1 winner when she captured the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final at Fairyhouse on Easter Sunday 2021.
Guinness Kerry National H'cap S'chase (Grade A) (Alfa Beat - B.J. Geraghty - 2011)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) Novice Hdle (Grade 1) (Skyace - J.S. McGarvey - 2021)
www.thetote.com H'cap H'dle (Grade B) (Truckers Delight - C. O'Farrell - 2011)
Red Mills Trial H'dle (Grade 2) (Luska Lad - D.N. Russell - 2010)
Connacht Tribune H'cap S'chase (Truckers Delight - C. O'Farrell - 2011)
Masterchef Hospitality H'cap H'dle (Grade C) (Truckers Delight - C. O'Farrell - 2009)
thetote.com Fortria S'chase (Grade 2) (Hidden Cyclone - B. Hayes - 2015)
BoyleSports Tied Cottage S'chase (Grade 2) (Hidden Cyclone - Andrew J. McNamara - 2015)
Rathbarry & Glenview Studs Novice H'dle (Grade 2) (Luska Lad - D.N. Russell - 2010)
Michael Purcell Memorial Novice H'dle (Grade 2) (Western Leader - C. O'Farrell - 2010)
Festival Party Pack Moscow Flyer Nov.Hdl (Grade 2) (Luska Lad - Andrew J. McNamara - 2010)
Cork Int'nal Airport Hotel H'cap H'dle (Darenjan - P.W. Flood - 2008)
Synergy Security Solutions Novice H'dle (Grade 2) (Hidden Cyclone - Andrew J. McNamara - 2011)
Michael Purcell Memorial Novice H'dle (Grade 2) (Hidden Cyclone - Andrew J. McNamara - 2011)
Failte Ireland EBF H'cap (Truckers Delight - D.P. McDonogh - 2009)
Irish Stallion Farms EBF (M) Novice Hdle (Grade 3) (Skyace - J.S. McGarvey - 2020)
Ryan's Cleaning Events Specialists H'dle (Grade 3) (Luska Lad - Andrew J. McNamara - 2010)
Caffrey's Bar & Restaurant H'cap S'chase (Grade C) (Murchu - M.A. Enright - 2012)
'For Auction' Novice H'dle (Grade 3) (Hidden Cyclone - Andrew J. McNamara - 2010)
Murray Spelman Poplar Square S'chase (Grade 3) (Hidden Cyclone - Andrew J. McNamara - 2012)
*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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