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Jason Kelly

Jason Kelly

Position: Assistant Trainer

Profile

Jason graduated from University College Dublin with Commerce and Italian Degree in 2011 and spent one year working in finance before starting a full time career in horse racing.  Jason then travelled to Australia and America before joining us in 2013.  Jason has an extensive knowledge of the bloodstock industry due to his family breeding many successful horses.  

Worked here since – June 2013
Favourite horse – Custom Cut
Favourite racecourse – York
Most Memorable moment – A combination of the above; Custom Cut sticking his head and tongue out to win the Strensall Stakes
Best things about working here– Going racing on Group 1 days and passing it off as ‘working’
What got you into racing? My Family – My mother’s family bred racehorses while my Dad had me watching racing from a young age. I still remember my first racing memory – my dad’s annoyance watching Pennekamp beat Celtic Swing in the Guineas. Not the last 4/5 fav he backed that lost
Career ambition – To buy a classic winner (any classic will do)
Likes – Sport of any kind. Manchester United, Philadelphia Eagles and Kildare GAA being the teams I support outside of racing
Dislikes – The difficulty of trying to switch off and enjoy life outside of racing in the summer
Hobbies – Stu Graham has recently got me to start running which i am surprisingly enjoying. I also enjoy a nice meal out with my fiance Lisa
Favourite films/TV/Music – The Martian / Game of Thrones / Bruce Springsteen
What 3 items would you take with you on a deserted island? – Factor 50 (mostly for the nose), Ipad with loads of Springsteen on, a lengthy supply of Oreo milkshake
What horse would you like to own and why? Lord Glitters – his turn of foot in the Balmoral was amazing. 2018 will hopefully be an exciting year for him and his owners Geoff & Sandra Turnbull
Any superstitions? – If I watch a winner from a certain spot on a racecourse, i will watch the remainder of the card in the same spot

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