Paddy Twomey isn’t a name that will be familiar to all followers of racing, but the fast-rising trainer is a man that has a long-established reputation as a successful trader in the bloodstock business.
Having bred the Group 1 winner Tagula at the age of just 14, Twomey went on to establish himself as a very successful pinhooker and breeze-up consignor in the 25 years that followed. He went on to breed another Group 1 winner in Serious Attitude and has had an array of Group winners through his hands over the years including the likes of San Sicharia, Prolific and Pallodio.
Twomey, who is based in Cashel, County Tipperary, first took out a restricted trainer’s licence in 2012 and caught the eye from an early stage thanks to his quite remarkable strike rates. Since having his first runner, he has run at a 26% strike rate and a 59% winners-to-runners rate on the Flat in Ireland which is a tremendous return in such a competitive jurisdiction. Even more impressive is that the vast majority of his successes have come in maidens and conditions races rather than handicaps.
Having upped his numbers significantly this year, Twomey has an excellent start to the 2019 season. This coming weekend promises to be the biggest one of his training career to date, as he is set to have runners in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Greenlands Stakes, a remarkable achievement for a yard of his size.
With just days to go until what is a huge weekend for the yard, Paddy sat down with Kevin Blake of attheraces.com to discuss his Flat team for the upcoming season.