Racing is in Willie McCreery’s blood. He has spent his life surrounded by great horses and great racing people.
It is less than six years since Willie sent out his first winner as a trainer and he is now firmly established amongst the top ten Irish flat trainers. Based in Rathbride on the edge of the Curragh since 2010, he 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, he comes from a background steeped 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.
To date Willie’s standard bearer has been the remarkable Fiesolana, who excelled herself when coming to Ireland in 2013. A useful three-times winner on the continent, she then went from strength to strength to develop into one of the best fillies in the country. On her second Irish start she won a Premier handicap on Guineas weekend before embarking on a Group 3-winning spree which took in the Ballyogan, Brownstown and Fairy Bridge Stakes. There was better still to come later in the season when Fiesolana ran out a clear cut winner of the Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Newmarket, giving Willie his biggest winner to date. Another highlight of last autumn was the victory of Hurryupharriet in the Listed Harry Rosebery Stakes at Ayr in September – Willie’s first overseas Stakes race triumph.
Since he took out a licence to train Willie has built and consolidated on the progress of the each season to date. Results and prize money have improved every year and his 2013 season makes for impressive reading. Only seven trainers sent out more winners on the flat in Ireland during 2013. His winner to runners ratio came in at an impressive 42 percent and over half of his runners throughout the year 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.