Former jump jockey David O’Meara has established himself as one of the best in the business since switching to training in 2010. Since 2013, he has trained at least 100 winners every year.
He started out as an amateur rider and partnered Bells Life to victory in the Fox Hunters’ Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree in 2000. The best horse he rode was Turgeonev.
His training career only began in June 2010, when he took over from James Hetherton at Arthington Barn Stables in Nawton, North Yorkshire.
He made an impact in the QIPCO British Champions Series ithe following year when Blue Bajan finished second behind Duncan in the Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup.
O’Meara’s career continued to progress onwards and upwards in 2012. His best performer that year was Penitent, who won the Listed Doncaster Mile and the Group 2 bet365 Mile at Sandown Park before giving his trainer a first QIPCO British Champions Series success when taking the Nayef Joel Stakes at Newmarket.
He landed his first Group 1 race when G Force landed the Betfred Sprint Cup, another QIPCO British Champions Series victory, and followed that with victory in the Shadwell Joel Stakes courtesy of the prolific Custom Cut.
In 2015, he also landed the Group 1 Qipco Falmouth Stakes courtesy of the four-year-old filly Amazing Maria, who had joined his yard from Ed Dunlop at the beginning of that season.
And in recent years his flagbearer has been Lord Glitters, the 2019 Queen Anne winner. The popular grey began 2021 with a Group Two success in Dubai.