Neil Callan hails from County Kildare in Ireland and learned his trade working for trainers Willie Fitzpatrick and Kevin Prendergast in his homeland.
After a luckless spell, he considering turning his back on racing for a career as a kitchen fitter, but in February 1998 he moved to Britain and became a work rider for trainer Karl Burke.
On Burke’s advice, he took out a British licence and won on his first British mount when Dancing Lawyer scored at Warwick on 4 May 1998. His career then took a distinct turn for the better and he was crowned champion apprentice in 1999.
He enjoyed Group 1 success in the 2005 Racing Post Trophy on Palace Episode and also had significant success on the globetrotting Pressing, who landed Group 1 contests in Germany and Italy.
Having ridden as number two jockey for Michael Jarvis, Callan was appointed stable jockey at Kremlin House Stables when Roger Varian took over the licence in March 2011, although he was not retained by the stable in 2013. He rode mainly for Kevin Ryan that season and landed two big races on the two-year-old Astaire, the Group 2 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York and the Group 1 vison.ae Middle Park Stakes on Dubai Future Champions Day at Newmarket.
QIPCO British Champions Series Victories
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