Apprentice to CS Hayes then a successful jumps jockey, including captaining the Australia team against Ireland in the International Jockey Challenge, Ciaron realised his size would deny his riding ambitions. Despite that, his love for racing and his natural interest and curiosity in training saw him commit to a career as a trainer at a young age. Knowing you learn best from the best, he spent time with Bart Cummings, Aiden O’Brien and Willie Mullins before starting in his own right, with 6 boxes on his dad’s farm. He knows you never stop learning and continues to connect with the greats, only last year spending time with Wesley Ward (USA), Roger Charlton (UK) and Richard Hannon (UK), Andre Fabre (France) and Joseph O’Brien (IRE).
Ciaron is now very happy to be based in what he describes as the best training facility he’s seen anywhere in the world at Ballarat, with operations also in Cranbourne and Sydney.
Son of Newmarket trainer James Eustace, racing is in David’s blood. In his father’s yard from an early age, always learning, he then moved to leading UK trainer Roger Varian, whilst also becoming a capable amateur jockey. Like Ciaron, David knows to be the best you have to learn from the best, so he moved to Australia where he worked with Peter Moody and the Snowdens before joining Ciaron as his assistant. Two years learning Ciaron’s methods and adding his own thorough and meticulous attention to detail made it easy for Ciaron to make David his co-trainer.
Sir Dragonet, Loving Gaby, Bon Arumn, Srikandi, Merchant Navy, Set Square, Askedillia, Ruthven and Tears I Cry are but a few of the Gr1 winners trained by Maher Racing.
Ciaron is proud of his flagship stable at Ballarat and what he believes it to be one of the finest training establishments he has seen anywhere in the world. Combined with their Cranbourne stable, beach facilities at Balnarring, dressage and pretraining operation at Pakenham and our new Sydney stable, Ciaron believes he now, as a collective, have the best training facilities in Australia.
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