David spent 13 seasons as a jockey before hanging up his whip. He won the 2000 Foxhunters’ at Aintree, a race which is considered the Amateur riders Grand National. Run over the same fences but shorter in distance at just 2.5 miles instead of 4.4 miles.
Training at Arthington Stables in York, David he has around 100 horses in the yard and has earned a reputation for transforming ordinary horses into winners. His philosophy is “putting the welfare of the horse first, the winners will come.”
He’s sent out winners at Cheltenham, Ascot and now he’s setting his sights on Aintree and the Grand National with the 9 year old grey gelding Rose Of The Moon. The horse is managed by Middleham Park Racing, and the syndicate must be thrilled with the chance to take him to Liverpool. Although this won’t be the first trip to Aintree for the owners, as Rose Of The Moon contested the Becher Chase there in December.
On the Middleham Park website the latest news is “We saw Rose of the Moon work on Sunday, he looked well and the team were very happy with him. David is going to school him, himself the week before the Grand National, over the fences they have at the yard. Jake will ride him at Aintree, and at present we are horse number 42 on the list so we are almost certain to get in at this stage.”
Being one of the few grey horses in the race Rose Of The Moon will have plenty of £2 each-way bets riding on him. And those two pound punters could be over the moon If O’Meara can coax a big performance out of him on the day.