10 Aug 2022

Kildare trainer Tracey Collins: Questions and Answers

Did you bring home the turf?

Kildare trainer Tracey Collins: Questions and Answers

Tracey Collins

What was your childhood ambition?
To take out amateur licence and to train horses;
Growing up, who was your sporting hero?
Michel Jordan;
Do you have a mentor?
My dad Con Collins;
What or where is your happy place?
Out walking with my husband Pat and our dogs;
What sparked your love of racing?
I can never remember not loving racing;
What horse put you on the map?
Majestic Queen! She won Group races in Ireland and the UK and was sold for over a million in the Goffs boutique sale at Royal Ascot while in training;
Who is your favourite horse?
Dandy Man;
What was it like to ride in your first race?
It was a rush of adrenalin;
How long does it take to learn race-riding tactics?
For me, it took forever. I wasn’t that good;
Describe the feeling of riding/training your first winner
Absolutely magic! Dandy Man was my first runner as a trainer; he won the Listed Woodland Stakes at Naas Racecourse in record time;
What is your most memorable racing moment?
Chelsea Rose winning The Moyglare Stud Stakes in 2004 for my Dad at The Curragh. My sister Sheena and I bought her as a yearling, so that made it an extra special day;
What is your favourite racecourse in Ireland?
The Curragh;
If you weren’t a jockey/trainer what would you be?
A professional Basketball coach and if Carlsberg did wishes it would be in the NBA;
If you could train one horse, what would it be?
Rock of Gibraltar;
How do you cope with pressure?
What mental preparation do you do for the big days?
No more than what you would do for any days racing you have to have self-belief that you have done your job properly prior to the day you have ticked all the boxes and you can do no more;
How do you stay motivated?
Sometimes it is difficult, but I love what I do, and I would not swap it for the world;
How do you deal with dips in form?
You must take the good with the bad my glass is always half full;
Outside of racing, what is your favourite sporting moment?
Johnny Sexton’s drop goal against France in the 2018 Six Nations;
Can you give us a Netflix/film recommendation?
The Da Vinci Code;
What is your guilty pleasure?
Vodka and water;
Desert island discs – name your favourite three songs?
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen; Viva La Vida by Coldplay; Human by The Killers;
What person do you admire the most and why?
It would not be a person it is a couple my dad he was a brilliant trainer and a delightful man he had the backing of a wonderful woman my mum Barbara. Together they were a dynamic duo and a force to be reckoned with;
Favourite dinner?
Dover Sole;
Where is your favourite place to go on holidays?
Achill island
What ambitions do you still have?
To train a Group 1 winner;
What is the hidden gem of your home county?
The Curragh of Kildare;
When you think of your home what immediately springs to mind?
How much I love it;
How are you occupying your time during the Covid-19 restrictions?
We are busy with the horses they don't know what is going on now and getting jobs done that were put on the long finger;
If you had one piece of advice for everyone during these worrying times of Covid-19, what would it be?
Stick to the advice that we are given by the proper authorities try and watch or do something positive;
If you were to go back to when you were 20 years old and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Myself and my sister Sheena bought a horse called Artic for 6ooo gns, he went on to win a Group 3. We tried to buy his sister the next year as a yearling but did not have the funds and she turned out to be Sky Lantern – a classic and multiple group. It’s one winner I would have found the money for.

Favourite saying/quote?
Did you bring the turf home?

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