Dermot Weld Stable Tour

Imaging, an early-season Listed winner for Dermot Weld

This time last year thoughts of Pat Smullen weighed heavily on the mind of Dermot Weld, distraught at the serious illness that had befallen his stable jockey.

A year on, he has embarked on a new campaign in a more contented frame of mind, knowing how well Smullen has responded to an immense challenge.

He says: “I always believed Pat’s fitness and his attributes as a professional sportsman, his determination, dedication and discipline, would be a big help on the road to recovery. He’s made wonderful progress, and we’re in regular contact to discuss the horses. We’re looking forward to getting him back in the swing of things at Rosewell House in 2019.”

In the meantime Weld will employ the “best available” option. He confirms that early-season arrangements involving Chris Hayes and Oisin Orr will be central to plans. He also hopes to provide school-going apprentice Ben Coen with a quota of rides.

“I regard Chris Hayes as a first-rate rider, and Oisin Orr has the makings of one. You couldn’t expect him to be the finished article, but he’s a quick learner with a willing attitude and the right temperament.”

Quickly out of the blocks, Weld sent out four winners at the first Leopardstown meeting of the season and is optimistic for the campaign ahead.

“I’m very pleased with the way things have started, especially since many of the team are primarily horses for the second half of the season. I have deliberately cut back on numbers to make it more about quality, and there’s a high proportion of potential stakes performers in the yard. Is there a Classic winner among them? I’m not sure. I’ve trained 24 of them. Another would be good.”

Stable profile

Yard Rosewell House
Where The Curragh, County Kildare
Started training 1972
Finest hour Plenty to choose from but sending Vintage Crop over to Australia in 1993 to become the first overseas runner to win the Melbourne Cup has to be the highlight
Horses in yard 150
Strike-rate last year 16%
Total prize-money 2018 €1,396,281 
Members of staff 65
Assistant trainer Kris & Mark Weld
Jockeys Best available in the absence of Pat Smullen
Apprentices None


2018 58
2017 45
2016 90
2015 78
2014 93


2018 -105.95
2016 -120.21
2015 -106.15
2014 -51.14

Older horses

Falcon Eight
Four-year-old colt
Galileo (sire) – Polished Gem (dam)
Owner: Moyglare Stud Farm
Form figures: 113-
Racing Post Ratings: 104: OR 104
I’ve taken my time with him. He was unraced at two and didn’t appear until last July. He was still an immature horse and I continued to be patient. Two wins and a Group 3 placing, only a neck behind a very experienced older horse, and we left it at that. I’m happy with how he’s developed since then. The plan is to start him off in the Vintage Crop at Navan, failing that the Saval Beg at Leopardstown. He’s a stayer, and we’ll be working our way towards the Irish St Leger which I’ve won seven times. I’d love to win another.

4c Nathaniel – Hasanka
H H Aga Khan
RPR 80
He’s had training problems, and didn’t run again after finishing third in a maiden at Naas last spring. There were only five runners, but the winner Hunting Horn later won the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot, and the second was the Irish Derby winner Latrobe, so there was nothing to be ashamed of. We got him going again at Gowran on Tuesday and he wasn’t beaten far. We’ll have to see how he comes out of the race.

4c Shamardal – Hazarafa
H H Aga Khan
RPR 112 OR 109
I think 1m2f is going to be his ideal trip. He was going as well as anything two furlongs out when Frankie Dettori rode him in the Derby last year, but he didn’t see it out. We went to Epsom with a concern about stamina, but felt we had to let him take his chance after he won the Derrinstown, and of course because he’s closely related to Harzand. He was an excellent fifth in the circumstances. He’s more mature this year, but we’ll stick to 1m2f, probably starting on Saturday in the Alleged Stakes at Naas. There’s the Mooresbridge Stakes next month, and he could return to Group 1 company in the Tattersalls Gold Cup. A lovely colt who can come into his own at four.

Pat Smullen celebrates winning the Derby on Harzand, a relation to Hazapour

Hazel Bay
4f Iffraaj – Sadima
Moyglare Stud Farm
RPR 96 OR 96

The priority is to win a maiden with her after a good solid run in fourth in the Noblesse Stakes at Cork last Sunday. She has black type already, and has run well in all three Listed races she’s contested, but I want to get a win under her belt to boost her confidence. She’s a big powerful mare suited by 1m4f, and I’m quite sure the best is to come from her. She has a superb pedigree. She could blossom in the second half of the season.

4c Oasis Dream – Mirror Lake
K Abdullah
RPR 106 OR 105
He was very consistent last year, and has finished out of the first two only once, in a Group 3 race I won with Yulong Gold Fairy at Tipperary. I was delighted to start him off on a winning note in the Heritage Stakes for Oisin Orr, a very capable young rider. The plan is to run in the Gladness Stakes at Naas on Saturday, but there’s a chance I may judge it’s coming a bit soon for him. If so, we’ll wait until the Amethyst Stakes over a mile at Leopardstown on May 12. He’s improved from three to four and is ready to make the transition from Listed to Group races. Without being specific, I could see him travelling to England or France later on in the season. He likes plenty of ease so that will be a consideration.

4f Fastnet Rock – Farranjordan
Newtown Anner Stud Farm Ltd
RPR 101 OR 97
She was only one length behind Hazel Bay when fifth in the Noblesse Stakes at Cork. We had an idea of the quality of the race beforehand because the favourite Who’s Steph was second to the Aga Khan’s top-class filly Eziyra in last season’s Blandford Stakes. I thought our two fillies came out of a strong race with plenty of credit. 

4g Pour Moi – Desert Liaison
Glyn Davies & Mrs J Davies
RPR 87 OR 85
He came out on top in a tight finish to a valuable handicap at Cork on Sunday. We’ll keep taking the handicap path for now, with an eye on the premier ones at around 1m2f. If he continues to make progress he may get a shot at a Listed race. He’s still a bit away from that level. He got a good ride from Ben Coen on Sunday. Ben is still at school but is coming to me one day a week. He’s a promising young rider and I’m hoping to make plenty of his valuable 5lb claim over the coming months.

Wentwood gets the 2019 season off to a winning start under Ben Coen at Cork

Yulong Gold Fairy
4f Mount Nelson – Quite A Thing
Zhang Yuesheng
RPR 107 OR 105
An excellent, consistent filly since the start when she finished fourth in a maiden won by Alpha Centauri. She cost only €8,000 and she won a €120,000 auction race as a two-year-old. She picked up a lot more prize-money and loads of black type last year, I’m grateful to have the chance to train her at four because she’s such a dependable filly with an excellent temperament. She ran a good race under 10st on her reappearance, and the plan is to run in the Gladness Stakes at Naas on Saturday. There are a lot of Group 3 races she could run in, and there’s the makings of a plan to travel with her later in the season, perhaps to France.


Coeur D’Or
c Dubawi – Irresistible Jewel
Moyglare Stud Farm
Some of the colts have needed time, and I wasn’t keen to rush this fellow whose dam won the Ribblesdale for us, and has bred another Ribblesdale winner, Princess Highway, as well as Irish St Leger winner Royal Diamond. He’s ready to start soon and I like what I’ve seen so far.

Kiss For A Jewel
f Kingman – Sapphire
Moyglare Stud Farm
RPR 84
We got a run into her late in the day last season, and I was very pleased with her effort at Galway behind a Galileo filly from Ballydoyle. She has Classic entries, but she’s been a bit more backward than some of the others. I reckon she’s still a month away from running, but should be worth waiting for. Her dam won the British Champions Fillies’ & Mares’ at Ascot. The sire was a brilliant miler so it’s a pedigree I’m looking forward to working with.

Maria Christina
f Kodiac – Suitably Discreet
Moyglare Stud Farm
RPR 78
She’s a lovely big filly. Like many of our juveniles last season I took my time with her. She did her best work at the finish in a mile maiden at Leopardstown. She was second at Gowran on Tuesday, and I think we’ll find she was beaten by a very talented filly [Solage].

Star quality

c Raven’s Pass – Masiyma
H H Aga Khan
RPR 105 OR 103
He’s wintered well and is coming along nicely. He went straight from winning a maiden to finishing third behind Madhmoon and Broome in what was probably one of the most informative two-year-old races run in Ireland last year. He was a little too keen over 1m1f in the Eyrefield on his final start, but you’ll see a more mature horse this season. He’s a well-balanced colt who will thrive with the ground on top. I’m thinking of running him in the Chester Vase to see where we stand.

Masaff and Declan McDonogh winning a maiden at Leopardstown in June

c City Zip – Mouraniya
H H Aga Khan
RPR 66
He’s a fine big colt with a good middle-distance pedigree. I thought he was just about ready to run when I sent him to Dundalk before the start of the turf season, and he did it well considering his lack of experience. I’m not in a hurry with him now and would like to find a winners’ race before stepping him up in class. He should be progressive and 1m4f won’t be a problem.

c Sea The Stars – Tarfasha
Hamdan Al Maktoum
RPR 86 OR 95
Not as forward as some of the colts in the yard, but he should be ready to run by the middle of May. The Derrinstown Derby Trial, my plan for him at the end of last season, is on May 12, so we’ll have to wait and see how he progresses in the coming weeks. He’s a nicely balanced colt, a low-to-the-ground type. I liked the way he came forward from his first run to win a good maiden over a mile at Leopardstown. I trained the dam who was second in the Oaks and beat Chicquita in the Blandford Stakes, so I’m really looking forward to him as a 1m2f/1m4f horse at stakes level.

c Dark Angel – Shelina
H H Aga Khan
RPR 71
It looked like a good maiden he won at Navan with several well-fancied horses against him. He saw out the mile, but I’m tempted to give him a shot over 7f in the Tetrarch Stakes to get a better idea of his strengths. He has plenty to learn but I’m pleased with him.

c Siyouni – Sharleez
H H Aga Khan
RPR 76
I thought he was going to win easily at one stage at Navan but he seemed to get tired. He got the job done though, which was pleasing after a promising run late last season. He’ll definitely improve but possibly needs a bit more experience before going into stakes company.

c Kitten’s Joy – Starformer
K Abdullah
RPR 85
We have to bite the bullet and admit he was disappointing in the Ballysax Stakes on his reappearance. In general we’ve made a good start to the season, so I’m sure people were expecting a big run, because he certainly impressed on his only start at two. He’s still an immature colt, but the obvious conclusion is that he wants good ground. He struggled over the 1m2f which you wouldn’t have suspected from his maiden win over a mile at Gowran, so perhaps we’ll have to backtrack. Back to the drawing board I suppose, but I still have faith in him.

f Shamardal – Tarana
H H Aga Khan
RPR 96 OR 98
She was Listed-placed at two, so she did what I expected her to do when winning a maiden at Leopardstown. The Blue Wind at Naas looks the right race for her now or possibly the Salsabil Stakes at Navan. Her next race should tell us whether she’s a Classic hope or not. Whatever happens I think she’s going to be a smart filly as the season progresses. She’s from a strong staying family but shows plenty of pace.

c Oasis Dream – Timarwa
H H Aga Khan
RPR 87
He was working well so I wasn’t surprised with his win in a 1m2f maiden at Leopardstown. He finished off his race well so there should be no problem stepping up to 1m4f when the time comes. Like many of my maiden winners I’d like to see him in a winner-of-one before going into stakes races. There aren’t enough stepping stone events like that in the calendar.

Titanium Sky
f Dark Angel – She’s Our Mark
Moyglare Stud Farm
RPR 80
She was backward last season but ran a good race at a big price at Gowran. I thought she won in the style of a proper stakes filly at Leopardstown. She’s in the Athasi and the Irish 1,000 Guineas but there are no concrete plans yet. Her dam was not only talented, but a very tough and consistent mare. I’m hopeful she’ll show similar qualities.

Dark horse

c War Front – Terrific
Moyglare Stud Farm
RPR 76 OR –
He had one run at two and the experience should help him. He’s a top-of-the-ground horse, so we’ll wait until conditions are right. The plan is a maiden in the middle of May and take it from there. A good sort, but it’s early days.

c Scat Daddy – Zaralanta
H H Aga Khan
RPR 70
I needed to give him time to grow into his frame because he was unfurnished last year. He was taken off his feet a bit in a maiden at Leopardstown last week, but I expect him to learn a good deal from the experience. There’s a lot more to come, and I was satisfied despite the fact he didn’t quite reach the places.

Dermot Weld: has started 2019 season in fine form

c Havana Gold – Zindana
H H Aga Khan
RPR 95 OR 96
I put him away after he won at Galway and Killarney last August. He saw out the mile well at Killarney, and that probably wasn’t a bad race. The second was an experienced Ballydoyle horse who was placed behind Too Darn Hot in the Champagne Stakes. He’s in the Amethyst Stakes over a mile at Leopardstown on May 12.

Horse to follow

Maria Christina
A half-sister to Speaking Of Which, who won the Gallinule by nine lengths, this imposing daughter of Kodiac bumped into a seriously smart filly at Gowran Park on Tuesday – the winner cost a million quid. Just like on her only start at two, all of her best work was done late and she looks the type who will prosper when she steps up to a mile and a half. There is no way we have seen the best of her yet and she should win her maiden next time before stepping into stakes races. A profitable three-year-old campaign should be in store.

Dermot Weld Stable Tour
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