Bio: In a route familiar to many in racing, David O'Meara was first a jockey…
Paul David Evans, usually known as David, was born in Birmingham, but nowadays operates a mixed yard, with 70 or so horses, at Ty-Derlwyn Farm in Pandy, near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. In his late teens and early twenties, Evans rode as a moderately successful apprentice jockey and subsequently spent a total of four-and-a-half years as assistant trainer to Anabel Murphy (née King) and Tom Bill.
He first took out a public training licence in 1989 and, from his original base, at Long Mountain, near Welshpool, Powys, sent out his first winner, Peaconpala – one of just five horses in his care – in a selling hurdle at Hereford in April that year. Fast forward three decades or so and Evans has saddled well over 1,000 winners, most of which have come on the Flat.
His best horse in that sphere, at least so far, was The Kiddykid, winner of the Group Two Duke of York Stakes at York in 2005, while in 1999 he saddled Master Beveled – also a prolific winner on the Flat – to win the Grade Two Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock Park. Granted his heritage, it is no real surprise that Evans is fond of Wolverhampton and, during his career, has saddled 339 winners from 3,282 runners, at a strike rate of about 10%, on the all-weather surface at Dunstall Park.