Bio: Micky Hammond is a horse trainer that’s walked a similar path to many, in that he started his involvement in horse racing as a jockey – one of the top jump jockeys of the 80s in fact. He then took this knowledge and applied it to his specific brand of horse training.

Hammond didn’t grow up in a racing environment and so is effcetivelt what you might call ‘self made’. There was no Father or sibling in the business to lean on. Early on in his career he went to work for Hugh O’Neill at Coldharbour as a conditional jockey. 70 winners in three seasons certainly impressed but an injury hampered his jockeying career.

Hammond become a stable lad with George Moore where he got back to riding, winning the Scottish National on Hardy Lad at Ayr, amongst others. All was going swimmingly but another injury essentially meant that his jockeying career was coming to an end.

Hammond’s training career started in 1990. “I had a lot of confidence, and I expected success,” he recalls. 32 wins followed in the first year, 38 in the second and 51 in the third. Owners gravitates towards him as did top equine talent such as Hedgehunter and Ballabriggs. 2015 was an especially successful year for Hammond with numerous winners such as Auldthunder, Verko and Caraline. Some near misses have on occasion taken the shine off of what could’ve been career defininf wins, but the future nevertheless looks very bright for Micky Hammond.



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