Tommy Stack: landed multiple Group 1s in his training career
PICTURE: Caroline Norris
CLASSIC-winning trainer Tommy Stack is to retire at the end of this year with his son, and long time assistant, Fozzy, taking over the licence at Thomastown Castle stables in Co Tipperary.
Stack, who was twice champion jump jockey in Britain and who achieved lasting fame in 1977 when he rode Red Rum to his third Grand National victory at Aintree, started training in 1986 and had his first big race success when Corwyn Bay won the inaugural running of the Cartier Million at Phoenix Park in 1988.
He saddled his first Classic winner in 1994 when Las Meninas, ridden by John Reid, won the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and had his first Group 1 success in Ireland in 1997 when Tarascon landed the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh. The same filly went on to win the following year’s Irish 1,000 Guineas under Jamie Spencer.
He enjoyed top level success in the US with Kostroma, who won the Beverly D Stakes in 1992, and Alexander Tango who landed the Garden State Breeders Cup Stakes at Belmont Park in 2007. That same year he also trained Myboycharlie to win the Prix Morny.
He recovered from serious illness after contracting meningitis, which seriously impaired his hearing, in December 1998.
Stack, who will be 71 in November, said on Sunday: “After some deliberation I have decided to retire at the end of the year when Fozzy, who has been an absolutely essential and integral part of everything here for the best part of 20 years, will take over the licence.
“We have had some memorable days all the way from Corwyn Bay to Myboycharlie and I must thank each and every one of our owners for their commitment and support during that time. I have absolutely no doubt that many great days lie ahead for Fozzy here at Thomastown Castle.”
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