Conor McGovern, the 18-year-old rider from Clones who is based with Michael Halford, rode his first ever winner when guiding Slipper Orchid to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Race at Dundalk last Friday. One week on from that success, McGovern and Slipper Orchid landed the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Handicap at back at the …
Michael Halford looks to have a very smart filly in his yard following the victory of Raydara in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes at the Curragh. The Aga Khan-owned two-year-old quickened in the manner of a classy racehorse under the guidance of Shane Foley to record a cosy half length victory over Lucida. Foley made his move with a furlong …

Certerach wins Dubai Gold Cup

Posted on October 24, 2014

The Michael Halford-trained Certerach landed the biggest race of his career under Jamie Spencer when running out a narrow winner of the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan. Yet another horse to come alive in the Gulf for Halford, Certerach bellied his starting price of 33-1 to just hold off the late surge from last year’s winner Cavalryman by a neck.…

Russian Soul storms to Dubai glory

Posted on October 24, 2014

Russian Soul was the beneficiary of a well judged Shane Foley ride at Meydan coming from off the pace to land the Group Three Al Shindagha Sprint for Michael Halford. Sent off at odds of 15-2, Foley sent the six-year-old into the lead just over a furlong from the finish and stayed on strongly to deny fellow Irish raider Jamesie …