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Trainers In Focus - Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

18th March, 2019

They say good things come in pairs.

And while this partnership is one that strays from what is thought to be the traditional meaning of the expression, it is providing the horseracing industry with no shortage of joy.

Perhaps most pleasing is that there appears much more of that to come from youthful Highclere trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace. 

Maher and Eustace have worked together for some time, but at the beginning of the 2018-19 racing season, Eustace was promoted from Maher’s assistant trainer to co-trainer at Ciaron Maher Racing.  

“It’s something that’s been in the pipeline for a while,” Maher is quoted as saying by the Herald Sun in 2018, at the beginning of the partnership.

“As the stable has grown, David has been an integral part of it and it makes sense with racing going to a seven days a week with night racing to share the load.”

Also according to the Herald Sun, Maher credits Eustace as being instrumental in the growth of his stable at Caulfield, Melbourne, since mid 2017.

The pair may be young by industry standards – Maher is 37 and Eustace 27 – but both men have earned their stripes and honed their craft since beginning their respective careers.

Maher’s roots in racing date back as far as the early 2000s and actually blossomed from Jumps Racing in the coastal Victorian town of Warrnambool, anointed the home of that form of the sport in the state.

Maher then transitioned into flat racing in 2007 and adapted to the different version quickly. He has already forged a formidable record.  

In that year alone, Maher raced Tears I Cry in the Group 1 VRC Stakes at Flemington.

Elsewhere, he has overseen a host of major wins, including the Caulfield Cup with Jameka, the VRC Oaks with Set Square and with multiple Group 1 winner Srikandi.

Maher-trained colt Bon Aurum was also victorious in the 2017 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Flemington.

Eustace’s industry experience is expansive having worked with some of racing’s finest, following his father – also a trainer - James’ bloodlines. The Newmarket local has been the beneficiary of Peter Moody and Peter Snowden’s tutelage.

Even for the racing outsider, Moody’s name as a premier Australian horseman should ring bells. He trained the champion thoroughbred Black Caviar, unbeaten in 25 starts.

Highclere has since enlisted Maher and Eustace’s knowledge where their portfolio consists of Ferus, Mister Belvedere, Pomposity and the Zoustar Ex Pleats Filly.

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