About Us

Michael is originally from Tralee, now living  and training from the historic Crotanstown Stud on the Curragh.

Michael is one of Ireland’s most ambitious trainers. Previous to a training career he was an award-winning graduate of the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course.

On finishing the course Michael sourced and produced horses at the highest level before taking out a training licence and moving to the historic Crotanstown Stud yard on the Curragh.

The Curragh

The Curragh Training grounds provide trainers with the opportunity to prepare their horses on approximately 1,500 acres of world class training facilities. The Curragh boasts over 70 miles of immaculately maintained grass gallops that are tended to daily, keeping them in excellent condition.

In addition to the numerous turf gallop options, there are approximately 12 miles of peat gallops and eight all-weather tracks available to work on. There is variation in the surfaces on the all-weather tracks. There are two made up of a sand and fibre mix, one surfaced with polytrack, and five that are woodchip-based.

To cater for our jumpers there is an all-weather schooling strip that is two furlongs in length and has both Easyfix hurdles and Easyfix fences on it, there is also hurdles and fences on grass. 

At Home Facilities

At Crotanstown we are lucky enough to have to use of several grass paddocks at the rear of the property, sand based outdoor, floodlit menage. Stalls, hydrotherapy spa, equine weigh, laboratory, lunge ring and vibrating floor.

 The yard is based a 10 minute walk away from a sand based four furlong round gallop which is used on a daily basis.

The historical Old Vic, Free Eagle and multiple grass gallops in front of the Curragh grandstand are a mere 15 minute trot away. 

Crotanstown is ideally located for taking advantage of the best the Curragh has to offer as a training facility.

Health & Well Being

All horses trained and kept at Crotanstown are to the highest standard by the knowledgeable and experienced team.

Farriers, dentists, chiropractors and vets visit the yard several times weekly to ensure all of the horses here at Crotanstown are in peak condition. Those horses receiving any treatment concerning health or soundness are seen to by the best the racing industry has to offer. 

When horses head off for a break on grass, if not returning to an owner, they are sent to Tralee, Michael’s home place, to roam around open fields, enjoy the grass and wind down.

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Our Team

Siobhain O’Callaghan

Siobhain is an integral part of the running of Michael O’ Callaghan Racing. An award-winning graduate of the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding course, and Kildalton College, Siobhain has worked with horses all of her life. Her experience and dedication are invaluable to the team.

Johnny Bailey

Head Man

George Mutescu

Groundsperson

Killian O’Shaughnessy

Groundsman, junior travelling man and assistant

Ian Queally

Work Rider

Jess Savage

Yard Secretary

Ownership

Whatever your budget, or chosen ownership option, Michael wants you to have a horse with the potential to fulfill your expectations. We stake our reputation upon delivering on that potential. We believe that small prices should not mean small ambitions.

Rapid Applause, owned by the Equine Partners Syndicate, cost just £25,000 as a yearling. With a win and three Group placings, Rapid Applause finished 2014 as one of the top fifty 2yo’s in the world.

If you wish to purchase yearlings, we will do all the heavy lifting for you – taking your through the selection process, buying, breaking and registration. If it is a horse in training you are looking for, our horses we personally own are for sale, and shared-ownership with Michael is also an option.
All owners are valued equally at Crotanstown, and are welcome to visit the yard at any time. We keep our owners fully informed of their horse’s progress, with regular gallops updates, videos and photos. Professional drone footage can be arranged easily.
If you would like to visit Crotanstown to discuss your ownership options with us, and to see our facilities, just call Michael to arrange it.

Individual Ownership
  • This is the most popular form of ownership in Irish and English racing.
  • This option enables single owner to decide upon such issues as registration of colours and the horse’s name, etc…
  • When getting involved in individual ownership, one must complete the registration process with Turf Club.
Syndicate Ownership
  • Consists of 2 to 20 members.
  • All members must sign the Registration of Syndicates form.
  • The horse is leased to one member of the syndicate, who must be a registered owner.
  • This person is considered the registered agent/manager for the syndicate and is regarded as the sole owner for racing purposes.
Racing Club
  • May own and run a horse or horses, and can consist of unlimited members.
  • N.B. There’s no guarantee that your horse will WIN!
Partnership Ownership
  • Consists of 2 to 4 people.
  • All partners must be registered as owners.
  • Can run in the name of all the partners.
Company Ownership
  • Give your employees a day out.
  • A company may own and run a racehorse in its name and carry logo on paddock sheet etc.
  • This approval must be gained through application to the Turf Club.
  • The company must appoint a registered agent, ideally a company director or company secretary.
  • This is tax efficient.
  • The agent must sign the necessary registration forms on behalf of the company.