HAVING first attended Tipperary races as a mere three-week-old baby, in 2013, I returned to that very same venue as Racecourse Manager. Earlier this year I was also appointed to the same position at Cork and currently hold the dual roles.

I was born into a racing family; my grandfather bred the 1972 Gold Cup winner Glencarrig Lady, while my father, Tom is a well-known trainer. Despite my mother’s best efforts to steer me onto a different path I was hunting and riding horses from an early age. Indeed, she would often drop me at the school gates in my uniform only for Dad to pick me up a couple of minutes later to ride in schooling races!