Stable Stars

Arodstown currently has a variety of exciting prospects for the future and, of course, some old favourites. Some of the stable stars, as chosen by the staff, include:

Barry’s choice: Noble Emperor – Noble by name, Noble by nature! The beautiful gelding was consistent throughout his career with wins in Navan, Fairyhouse and Punchestown. Barry, says:

“He is a big friendly giant with so much ability and class. I find it difficult to play favourites on the yard when we have so many quality horses but I will always have a soft spot for Noble Emperor. I bought him as an unbroken yearling myself and brought him on. It’s been terrific to watch him become the horse he is today and watch him improve each season.”


Michelle’s choice: Heartbreak City – The 2016 Ebor winner who placed second in the 2016 Melbourne Cup. The beautiful bay (stable name Doodle) was a yard favourite across the board, not only for his accomplishments and his ability, but for his kind nature and sweet temperament too. Michelle, who works in our office says:

“I adored Heartbreak City and not just for the reasons you might think! I’ve learned so much from him since coming to work at AJ Martin Racing. Everything from setting up a new owner, lodging paperwork to setting up the new partnership, arranging for new colours to be made and registered, arranging entries in the UK, Melbourne and Dubai, ferry bookings, sorting out shipping and transport for his international runs and considerations for all Dept of Agriculture requirements in each country he visits, and not forgetting dealing with his fan mail…. it was so exciting to play a part in his story and be an honorary member of the ‘Here For The Craic’ crew.”


Nikki’s choice: Quick Jack – The king of cool Cheltenham winner and Galway Festival hero can now add his most recent performance, 2016 Irish Champions Weekend Petingo Handicap, to his list of wins. The chesnut trooper is a yard superstar and regularly enjoys being doted upon by anyone passing his stable door. Nikki, who is in charge of horsemanship and horse care, says:

“He is so honest and willing, the lads riding him just love him, I deal with him in the yard and he is just so easy to do anything with, he’s trusting and sweet and keeps coming back with more and more energy every year, he’s just a superstar.”


Jay’s choice: Laganore – The ferocious filly who impressed with back to back wins in Leopardstown and Navan earlier this year and landed the Pride Stakes in Newmarket on October 07th is destined for a bright future. Jay, her exercise rider, says:

“She’s a lovely filly, she’s easy to do anything with and has so much ability and class.”


Matties choice: Oighear Dubh – The handsome grey machine who landed the 2m maiden hurdle in Kilbeggan on September 2nd. Mattie says:

“He is so striking, you can pick him out a mile away, and he has ability to burn. I met him on the lane leading to the yard one day and, for me, he just stood out.”