Ballymore StablesThe stables of Mike Moroney, trainer of 46 Group 1 winners (including 2000 Melbourne Cup),
Fred Hoysted award, and two NZ training premierships.
About the Stables
Ballymore Stables are among New Zealand and Australia’s most successful training stables. Owned by Mike Moroney, Ballymore Stables operate in three locations. The Australian (Flemington and Royal Randwick) and Matamata stables compliment each other, the former allowing increased prizemoney opportunities for the latter’s graduates.
The Stables also feature Chad Ormsby, the former jockey quickly elevated to Michael’s Matamata-based training partner and the Resident Managing Trainer role in 2012. The Racing Manager in New Zealand is Nick Fairweather, with Anthony Feroce in the Australian Racing Manager role.
Ballymore Stables utilises Paul Moroney Bloodstock as its bloodstock consultant for purchasing young racing stock and this combination of selection and training has become one of the most potent modern day horse racing forces.
The facilities in both Australia and New Zealand are top of the range, with comprehensive and modern training technologies to ensure the potential of all horses trained there are maximised. You can view these in detail here.
And you can view some excellent videos from the Stables on the Ballymore Stables YouTube channel!
Mike started learning his trade at the early age of 16, under the tutelage of top New Zealand trainer Dave O’Sullivan and gained a foothold in the training ranks from an initial partnership with the famous mentor, taking the position as his foreman. After six successful years Mike was sent for a six week working holiday to Melbourne with Angus Amanasco, where Mike observed another master in the trade.Mike Moroney
Mike returned to New Zealand for a season training alongside Dave, the 1982-83 season saw Mike branch out on his own. This move brought about Mike’s attainment within the racing industry, and to date Mike has been among the leading trainers for almost two decades in New Zealand.
After 18 years Mike decided he would take on Australian Racing. He quickly forged his way to the top of the Victorian scene; the proof is among his host of achievements including 46 Group One wins, two New Zealand training premierships with a top five finish on 16 occasions and the acclaimed Fred Hoysted Award for training excellence in Victoria at only his third full season in the state.
Michael numbers victories at all ends of the Group One spectrum, two-year-olds in the Blue Diamond Stakes, Ford Diamond Stakes (twice) and Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes, classic three-year-olds in the New Zealand Derby (three times), New Zealand 1000 Guineas, New Zealand 2000 Guineas, New Zealand Oaks, Victorian Oaks, South Australian Oaks, Queensland Oaks, VATC 1000 Guineas, Spring Champion Stakes and Victoria Derby (twice), top sprinters in the Railway and Telegraph Handicaps and high class stayers in the Melbourne and Wellington Cups.
The premature loss to New Zealand’s riding ranks due to increasing weight of class jockey Chad Ormsby has been Ballymore Stables Chad OrmsbyNZ’s gain. Chad battled weight problems for much of his noteworthy career in which he notched 311 wins from less than eight seasons in the saddle, riding 13 stakes winners and amassing over $6 million in prize money. During Chad’s final season in the saddle, a term which saw him post a personal record tally of 63 wins, he spent the final third of the season based with the Australian arm of Ballymore Stables and underwent a valuable tutorial alongside the vastly experienced and successful senior trainer, Mike, at both Ballymore’s Queensland winter base at Caloundra, and his permanent Flemington base in Melbourne.
Michael was impressed with Chad’s eye for detail and natural horsemanship skills during that time and had no hesitation offering Chad a training partnership when the hoop announced his intention to retire from race riding. Chad then worked closely with the stable since accepting the role developing an understanding of each individual horse under his training management. The spate of wins out of the stable coming simultaneous to Chad’s increased responsibilities suggested that Michael made an excellent choice as his co-trainer, a young man who will put his heart and soul into bringing out the best of Ballymore Stables’ equine athletes.
Chad has previously worked alongside such notable trainers as Russell Cameron and the O’Sullivan racing dynasty where he served much of his jockey apprenticeship and has impressed all with his flair for and understanding of both racehorses and training.
Nick FairweatherNick Fairweather is the Racing Manager for the New Zealand arm of Ballymore Stables. Brought up around thoroughbreds from an early age in Cambridge, Nick spent his school holidays working for Sir Patrick Hogan’s Cambridge Stud completing several yearling preparations before graduating from the University of Waikato with a degree in Sport and Leisure Studies and a double major in Public Relations and Marketing.
Nick took on freelance journalism during his studies where he picked up work for various racing and breeding publications around New Zealand across three years.
Prior to joining Ballymore Stables, Nick spent the best part of four years at Westbury Stud as their Marketing & Events Coordinator. Nick proved an influential component to Westbury Stud’s high level of branding, marketing, advertising and communications.
Nick works alongside Chad and communicates with stable clients and owners, media and officials, and other daily duties which involve marketing, public relations, syndicate management and general racing tasks.