Michael Halford is one of the most successful trainers in Ireland and in May 2018, he saddled his 1,000th winner, when Platinum Warrior won the Gallinule Stakes at The Curragh.


Michael rode over 50 winners as an amateur rider, but he was always keen to train and at the age of 21, he took out a licence, and bought land at Pollardstown on the Curragh, where he built a house and 10 boxes in 1985. He trained there until he moved to his new, state of the art establishment,ten years ago.


He sends out a regular supply of big race winners every season. 

Horses such Invincible Ash, Miss Sally, Eastern Appeal and Snaefell along with Golden Cross came to fore in the early days and indeed Golden Cross developed into a Grade 1 winner over hurdles and was only just denied in the Stayers Hurdle at Cheltenham  in 2006 under Johnny Murtagh. Michael would always consider himself a dual purpose trainer and welcomes horses under both codes.

Michael has some wonderful owners, many of which have been with him for well over decade such as Paul Rooney and Carol Roper. 


In 2006, Michael was asked to train a number of horses for His Highness the Aga Khan and his first winner in those famous colours was Dirar which won a Dundalk maiden in 2007. Shortly after that, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed invited him to train two yearlings, one of whom was Casemento, who went on to win the Group 1 Racing Post trophy in 2010. 

Michael has been a regular at the Dubai Carnival and Certerach in the colours of Paul Rooney, won the valuable Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup in 2014