It is less than six years since Willie McCreery sent out his first winner as a trainer and, as the 2013 season draws to a close, he is now firmly established amongst the top ten Irish flat trainers.
Based in Rathbride on the edge of the Curragh since 2010, Willie has made a notable impression in what is easily one of the most competitive racing jurisdictions in the world.
With his father, Peter, having trained jumpers the calibre of Hilly Way, Daring Run and Seskin Bridge, Willie McCreery comes from a background stepped in racing and he has been busy making a name for himself since Toasted Special gave him his first winner at Cork in June 2008.
Since he took out a licence to train he has built and consolidated on the progress of the every season to date. Results and prize money have improved every year and this has culminated in a superb 2013 campaign which makes for impressive reading.
His obvious star to date has been Fiesolana who has excelled herself since coming to Ireland earlier this year. A useful three-times winner on the continent, she won a Premier handicap on Guineas weekend on his second Irish start before embarking on a Group 3-winning spree which took in the Ballyogan, Brownstown and Fairy Bridge Stakes.
Another highlight was the victory of Hurryupharriet in the Listed Harry Rosebery Stakes at Ayr in September – Willie’s first overseas Stakes race triumph.
Elsewhere his statistics for the 2013 season make for good reading. Only six trainer’s have sent out more winners than Willie McCreey. His winner to runners ratio stands at an impressive 39 percent and over half of his runners throughout this season have finished in the first four.
In addition Willie’s yard on the edge of the Curragh is ideally situated and offers each horse absolutely every chance of maximising their potential. The yard consists of 45 boxes, a two furlong covered wood chip gallop, 40 acres of turnout paddocks while it is perfectly placed for access to the Curragh’s training grounds which contains a host of grass, woodchip, sand and synthetic gallops.