From his base on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, O’Meara has quickly become a trainer to follow.
Only in operation since 2010 he was previously a successful Jumps jockey for 13 years, riding for Tim Easterby. His Arthington Barn Stables are a stone’s throw from the village of Nawton on the Scarborough to Thirsk road. Expanded to 100 boxes, facilities include extensive paddocks and a seven furlong all-weather gallop.
Stable jockey Danny Tudthorpe has been part of the team since 2011. He rides out at the yard most mornings, giving him a thorough understanding of the horses he will team-up with on racedays. He was on board all of O’Meara’s major winners last summer including Move In Time in the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye and G Force in the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup.
Those two victories confirmed O’Meara’s place as one of the best young trainers in the country. Blue Bajan had given him his first Group victory in 2011 and Penitent added to that success with a brace of Group 2 wins in 2012. Last season saw the trainer become one of the dominant forces in the sprint division.
Still only a three-year-old in 2014, G Force quickly rose through the ranks and had his finest hour when winning that Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock in September. He appeared to appreciate the step up to six furlongs having been unfortunate in running when staying on strongly in the Nunthorpe at York over the minimum trip a few weeks earlier. He’s likely to improve further as a four-year-old and could become one of the outstanding sprinters of 2015.
It’s fair to say that Move In Time was a slightly surprising winner of the Prix de l’Abbaye, though he had warmed up for the race with a terrific run in a Group 3 at the track in September. The horse clearly enjoys his trips to Paris, as he has now recorded a win and two runner’s-up spots in his three appearances at Longchamp.
Custom Cut’s rating has risen almost 10lbs in his time with O’Meara, and that appears to be one of the trainers major talents. He seems to have the ability of transforming a horse, with Move In Time also making dramatic strides culminating in his win on Arc day. There’s likely to be more to come from Custom Cut if his win in the Shadwell at Newmarket is anything to go by. He thrashed Captain Cat and Tullius that day and looks to be at his best over a mile on decent ground.
O’Meara must have been happy with the way his horses ran over the weekend. Chinned on the line in the Brocklesby at Doncaster when his two-year-old First Bombardment just missed out, he then came second again when a still inexperienced Mondialiste only just failed to win the Lincoln.
Another interesting runner won at Doncaster the following day, when Hail The Hero romped home in a maiden over seven furlongs. He may not have beaten an awful lot on Sunday, but the son of Galileo travelled well through the race and picked up nicely to win with plenty in hand. Trained by Aiden O’Brien as a two-year-old, the colt is now owned by Middleham Park Racing and could prove a major success as a three-year-old for his new trainer.
With around 100 horses in training, O’Meara is yet another Yorkshire trainer set to make a huge impact over the coming months.