Outstanding O’Meara brings up 1000 in just ten training years!

David O'Meara

Perhaps one of the most underrated trainers of the current crop, David O’Meara hit an incredible milestone on Tuesday at Pontefract, as Sudona provided the North Yorkshire trainer with his 1000th winner.

What makes the achievement even more remarkable is the fact that O’Meara brought up 1000 winners after just 10 years with a license. Congratulations to O’Meara and the entire team at Willow Farm on a superb achievement!

Sudona Cruises O’Meara To 1000!

Second on her last three outings and having just her third outing for O’Meara, Sudona travelled ominously well under Danny Tudhope and could be called the winner from a long way out. Ridden at the top of the straight, she never looked in danger and held on gamely, coming clear in the closing stages for a comfortable success.

It caps off a great two-week sequence for the stable, whose 13% strike rate in recent weeks had powered O’Meara towards the landmark.

All That Glitters!

O’Meara is perhaps best known for training the loveable hold-up performer Lord Glitters, who was rated 117 at his peak and was a Group 1 winner last season when landing the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot.

In fact, the majority of his best performances for O’Meara have come at Ascot, winning the 2017 Balmoral on Champion’s Day prior to his day in the Royal Ascot sun. His Ascot record stands at 2122618, and we’ll be hoping to see him again at some point in 2020!

The Big Days

Lord Glitters gave O’Meara his most recent Group 1 success, but the trainer has tasted success at the peak of racing on four other occasions. His first came in the form of G Force, who won the 2014 Haydock Sprint Cup ahead of the perennial Gordon Lord Byron, before another sprinter, Move In Time, gave him his second a month later in the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp.

He would gain a pair of Group 1 successes with the popular Amazing Maria, who won both the Falmouth and Prix Rothschild in a highly successful 2015 for the trainer.

Rather fittingly, it was Danny Tudhope who rode his first Group 1 winner, and he was on board Sudona to bring up 1000.

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