Henry De Bromhead
Sunday trainer Henry De Bromhead comes from a family steeped in racing. He took over the reins at Knockeen stables in Co. Waterford from his father Harry in 2000 and is now one of Ireland’s leading trainers.
He has trained over 950 winners across both National Hunt and Flat codes and has amassed 22 Cheltenham Festival winners. Henry has been in charge of the careers of many top class horses including Sizing Europe, Honeysuckle, A Plus Tard, Minella Indo, Minella Times, Put The Kettle On etc.
Henry had a remarkable season in 2021 winning 6 Cheltenham Festival races including the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Gold Cup, a feat never achieved by any other trainer since records began. To top off that fantastic season he also trained the winner of the Aintree Grand National.
Rachael Blackmore is Henry De Bromhead’s stable jockey and is Sunday’s chosen jockey when we have a runner from Henry’s stable. Rachael has been a revelation to the weighing room and has completely rewritten the record book. She was the first female jockey to be crowned Leading Rider at the Cheltenham Festival and also the first female jockey to win the Aintree Grand National in it’s 183 year history!
Rachael is an extremely talented horse woman and has a brilliant racing brain. She is arguable one of the world’s elite female athletes and has many accolades to support this including being awarded the BBC Sports Personality's World Sport Star of the Year and the RTE Sports Personality of the Year.
We are extremely proud and fortunate to have had Rachael wear Sunday’s silks and look forward to continuing this partnership in the years to come.
Donald McCain similar to Henry De Bromhead has been involved in the racehorse training industry since day one. Donald is the son of former leading trainer Donald “Ginger” McCain.
Ginger was best known for training one of the best NH horses to ever grace the track, Red Rum. Red Rum is the only horse to have ever won the Aintree Grand National 3 times.
Donald took charge of the famous Bankhouse stables in Cheshire in June 2006. Since then he has trained over 1,500 winners. He has earned himself the title of “King of the North” as he is the most dominant trainer in the North of England. He has also trained numerous Grade 1 winners including Cinders and Ashes, Hollow Tree, Overturn, Peddlars Cross
Sunday have already had great success with Donald and his team as SayWhatYouWant, our first ever horse with him is a 2 time winner. Donald is a master at placing his horses and he is brilliant at finding races where his horses can be the most competitive. He is currently operating at a 25% strike rate this season!
Brian Hughes is Donald McCains first jockey and he has worn the Sunday colours to victory multiple times. Brian is an absolute winning machine and has ridden nearly 1,600 career winners.
The 2021/2022 season was Brian’s best season to date when he rode a staggering 204 winners. He has been crowned Champion Jockey twice and is currently on course for his third Jockey’s title.
Brian is one of only four jockeys to have ridden 200 winners in a season and joins the elite “200” club which includes Sir Anthony McCoy, Richard Johnson and Peter Scudamore.