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P2P Q&A - Toni Quail

07 December 2020

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You recently rode your first winner on One For The Yard. What was that like?

It was up in Loughanmore for Mary E. Doyle [ Ellen ]. He is an older horse. I ride him out almost every day. He is a good horse to jump and we’ve always thought a lot of him. I got one ride on him in Borris just before lockdown, but the ground didn’t suit him that day. We thought a lot of him at home, so we were delighted with him.

How did you get started in racing?

I used to go racing with my father and just always had an inkling that I wanted to do it. I did a lot of pony club games and stuff when I was younger. The speed factor was always with me from a young age. I rode in the Charity Race in Dundalk for Event Riders. I said I’d see how I found that and then decide about my licence. I ended up winning the race. I’ve had my licence about a year and a half.

What is a typical week for you?

Riding out mostly every day and in the afternoons going schooling for as many people as I can. Other days then I work full days with Ellen. I still have my eventer and competed in the last Ballindenisk International. She’s on a break at the moment, but when we are not as busy I usually do her in the afternoons. I’m lucky that the Point-to-Point season is finishing as the eventing is starting. It’s a busy year. I’ve been at Ellen’s a year and a half there in October and I was with Brian Hamilton before that for two or three years.

What horses are you most looking forward to for the rest of the season?

One For The Yard will be there for the season and there is another horse there in the yard, On the Short List who will be out after Christmas. He won a 4yo there and will be going into winners company. There is a horse there that won in Borris, Blackhall (IRE). He won under Barry Stone there and is another to look forward to.

What is your favourite part of your job?

Schooling 3yos and getting them going this time of the year is probably the best part of the job. I do a good bit of schooling for different trainers around Wexford.

What are your hopes for the future? 

I would like to try and maybe win the ladies’ title. I am not sure what way to go yet. We will see how it goes. If I get a few more winners I might turn conditional. I like the track racing. I have had a good few rides. I’ve actually had more on the track than I’ve had Point-to-Pointing. I’ve ridden over hurdles as well. I finished third in Navan on Arakan Quest (IRE) for Yvonne Latta recently. I’ll see how this season goes and take it from there.

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