Leanne Breen is an ambitious young trainer who has already gained a wealth of experience in the racing industry, both at home and abroad.
She took out her licence in July last year and had her first winner three months later when Latchet won at Dundalk on October 25th. The mare failed by just a nose to follow up at the same track five days later.
Leanne was just 24 at the time of that win and the decision to go it alone is always a brave one, but, having graduated with an Equine Management Degree and spent time developing her craft and knowledge with such trainers as Mark Johnston, Willie McCreery, David O’Meara and Keith Dalgleish, plus James Cummings in Australia, she has given herself a good foundation upon which to build.
James is now Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation’s head trainer in Australia.
More detail on Leanne can be found via her website leannebreenracing.com and on Twitter via @leannebreen
Anyone who saw the picture she recently posted of the view from her yard can testify to it being positioned in a lovely part of the world, which is not far from Carlingford Lough. The local beach, along with her own sand gallop and access to turf gallops, provide a good blend for the training of racehorses.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Leanne for taking time out to answer my questions and I wish her every success in the future.
TRAINER QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS —- LEANNE BREEN
NAME: LEANNE BREEN
WHERE ARE YOU BASED? WARRENPOINT, CO. DOWN
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB IN RACING? AT KEITH DALGLEISH’S YARD IN SCOTLAND
WHEN DID YOU DECIDE YOU WANTED TO TRAIN RACEHORSES? PRETTY MUCH AS SOON AS I STARTED IN THE RACING INDUSTRY. ITS A DREAM JOB.
HOW LONG IS YOUR NORMAL WORKING DAY? I FEED AT 7.00 AM AND THEN MY EVENING FEED IS 5.30PM AND THEN MY FINAL CHECK FOR THE EVENING IS AT 8PM
HOW MANY HORSES HAVE YOU IN AT THE MINUTE? WE HAVE 10 HORSES IN TRAINING RIGHT NOW
DESCRIBE THE FEELING OF YOUR FIRST WINNER AND WHAT HORSE WAS IT? THE FEELING WAS A MIXTURE OF RELIEF AND ENJOYMENT. I HAVE WORKED WITH PLENTY OF HORSES THAT HAVE WON SOME NICE RACES BUT NOTHING COMPARED TO TRAINING A WINNER UNDER MY OWN NAME. IT WAS LATCHET AT DUNDALK RIDDEN BY GAVIN RYAN.
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH DIPS IN FORM OF THE HORSES? I WAS ALWAYS TOLD NEVER TO CHANGE THE ROUTINE WHEN THERE IS A DIP IN FORM. I ALWAYS KEEP THAT IN MIND, THAT IT WILL PASS AND THE FORM WILL RETURN.
ONE HORSE TO FOLLOW WHEN WE GET BACK IN ACTION: PARKERS HILL. HE HAS NOW BEEN GELDED AND IS WORKING WELL.
FAVOURITE RACECOURSE AND WHY? HARD TO PICK. LEOPARDSTOWN HAS A GREAT ATMOSPHERE BUT I WORKED IN ROYAL RANDWICK, SYDNEY, AND HAVE SOME GREAT MEMORIES THERE.
TOUGHEST COURSE TO TRAIN A WINNER: EPSOM
IS SOCIAL MEDIA SOMETHING YOUR TRAINING ESTABLISHMENT USES A LOT? SINCE THE LOCKDOWN I HAVE PUT MORE OF AN EMPHASIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA ESPECIALLY TO KEEP OWNERS IN THE LOOP.
HOW MUCH OF A BENEFIT IS DUNDALK TO YOUR YARD THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND ESPECIALLY OVER THE WINTER MONTHS? DUNDALK IS A FANTASTIC ASSET TO IRISH RACING. IT IS ONLY TWENTY MINUTES FROM US HERE AND THE HORSES TEND TO RUN WELL THERE. IT MEANS WE CAN KEEP OUR YARD BUSY ALL YEAR ROUND.
IF YOU COULD TRAIN ONE HORSE WHAT WOULD IT BE? PINATUBO
IF YOU WEREN’T A TRAINER, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD BE DOING NOW: A BLOODSTOCK AGENT
FAVOURITE FOOD: CHINESE
HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF RACING: NONE REALLY, THE HORSES KEEP ME BUSY.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO OWN THAT YOU DONT HAVE ALREADY: AN EQUINE SWIMMING POOL: IT’S ON THE TO-DO LIST.