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Pat Flynn

Race Horse Trainer

Established in 1981, Pat Flynn Racing is renowned for having a steady flow of winners to come out of its yard every year since it began. With over 630 winners and counting it is one of Irelands strongest yards.

Founder and trainer Patrick J Flynn's dream of owning his own successful yard has come to fruition in the form of all weather and sand gallops, 2 automatic horse walkers, 3-phase advanced hay drying machine for perfect hay, racing yard and stud farm with a combined 110 stables spread out over 150 acres situated 5 miles outside Carrick On Suir, County Waterford.

Here at Pat Flynn Racing, we benefit from the making of our own hay. Our grasslands are monitored all year round and when the time comes to make the hay we save it within 3days, this is thanks to our unique VEDA hay drying machine imported from the U.S.A where it is widely used. The machine consists of a large 3 phase induction motor which sucks in air which in turn is heated by a gas burner and then blows it through a total of 24 round bales which have been clamped from above and below and hot air is blown through each end of the bales until they come down to 10% dry matter, this gives us the benefit of perfect hay in 2-3 hours whatever the weather. Our hay is the best and comes off the dryer in top class condition every time.

With the Greatest
Pat Flynn with Muhammad Ali (The Greatest) also included Pat's son Stephen

Below is an excerpt from www.patflynnracing.com:

"My first experience at training was in 1981 with a filly called Cheap Display which my parents had bred. After having a few runs, she won her first race at  Clonmel  on the 18 October 1981 at 33/1.  She was by Daring Display out of Cheap and Sweet. Soon after  that,  I headed to the horse sales to purchase a horse for a group of interested people, however, when I returned from the sales with a yearling by Auction Ring out of Via Mala which had cost £4300 guineas,  they  had changed their minds.  My mother came to the rescue and took ownership of this colt and he turned out to be one of  the top 2 year olds in Ireland the following year and won 4 races as a 2 year old including the Marwell  Stakes at Naas and the Curragh Stakes Group 3. His name was Virginia Deer and he was sold for €100,000 sterling at the end of his 2 year old career. While in Newmarket at the sales, I met one of the owners of Auction Ring who was looking for someone to train in Ireland. From that time to the present day, they (namely Thomas G Cahill and Robert Kyle) have had horses in training at our yard.  Some of their earlier winners include Madame Fair, Mons Mark, and Maiden Fair to name just a few. We started off with 1 stable and gradually extended over the years to the present yard of 84 stables and 25 at stud.   Prior to starting training, I farmed,  showjumped,  hunted and accompanied horses to sales for my father.