Ciaron Maher


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Ciaron Maher

Caulfield (VIC) & WARWICK FARM (NSW)


Ciaron Maher Racing Stables

32 Booran Rd,
Caulfield East, VIC 3145.

An Owners' experience like no other. That’s why you always come first at Ciaron Maher.

At Ciaron Maher Racing, they’re dedicated to ensuring Owners enjoy every step of the process to the winners’ circle.

We can’t guarantee you racetrack success (nobody can) but we can guarantee fun.

Owning a horse should be one of the most thrilling adventures of your life.

Ciaron’s strike rate is one of the best in the country but you’re never going to win every race. It’s crucial that our owners have an engaging, successful and most importantly, fun experience.

Ciaron said: “I like training for people I really get on with. The more familiar I am with my owners the better the thrill.”

“Even if their horses don’t win and we have another winner on the day, we hope they’re up and bouncing about too. It’s really great and I personally take a lot of pride in it. It’s great to have that relationship with my Owners.”

Co-Trainer David Eustace said: “Obviously every Owner knows that when they go into a horse, not every horse is going to win, some just don’t, know matter how good your strike rate is or how hard you try.

“It’s not all about winning, obviously we try but at the same time, when horses lose we still want to have fun so it’s really an important part of what we want to provide.

“It’s got to be a good day out at the races and positive experiences away from the track, like coming to the stables, watching the trials, etc. That is really important for us and we hope that people who have a horse, enjoy it when they are involved.”

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Stay Informed

If you’re overseas, interstate or you’re just not a fan of the early starts, you can always watch your horse’s professionally-filmed track work from the convenience of your smart phone, laptop or smart TV.

Communication is very important for Owners, it’s what keeps Owners involved.

Owners want to know and some trainers and racing people don’t understand how much they desire to know what’s happening. The more we give our Owners, the happier they are.

The stable started doing videos of the gallops on Tuesday mornings and got really positive feedback. We are trying to be as informative as we can and keep connections and owners in touch with the horse and how it’s going.

Technology has advanced and the industry has to do the same. Previously owners only saw their horses on raceday but now they get weekly videos or photos or voice reports and it’s really important that we keep improving that service.

Charity Pledge

Ciaron Maher Racing chose to support the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre as their charity.

This is the only public hospital in Australia solely dedicated to cancer. They have over 600 staff working around the clock trying to find cures for this disease. The hospital creates an environment of hope and aspiration at the most difficult time in people’s lives.

Ciaron said: “Cancer has touched our family, as it’s touched a lot of families so we thought it was a great idea to be able to give back to a foundation like Peter Mac who are so progressive.

From the stable’s 10% trainer’s percentage, Ciaron Maher Racing donates:

Stakes Win $500
Metro Win $200
Provincial Win $100
Country Win $50

Donations are forwarded monthly and the stable aims to reach a level of $100,000 per racing season.

Who Is Ciaron Maher?

Ciaron Maher - Head Trainer

Upon first glance, Ciaron appears he may be better suited as a beachcomber than a racehorse trainer.

However as the saying goes: “Never judge a book by its cover.”

Corporate Logo

Even the stable’s corporate logo identifies with Ciaron’s readily identifiable hairstyle.

Don’t let the laid-back easy going, personable demeanour deceive you.

Under those trademark long curly locks lies a steely determination to train and race the best horses in the country.

Now in his late-thirties, Ciaron has established himself as a genuine leader in Australian racing.

Ciaron first tasted Group 1 success at just 26 years-of-age and has consistently built upon that success to now have 10 Group 1 wins and arguably the best winners-to-runners strike rate in Victoria.

In a recent interview Ciaron said: “I decided I was going to train when I was 24. I had just come back from working in Dubai.

“My dad and I owned a horse named Spectacular Storm and I said to dad at the time that I would like to give training a go for a couple of years and if I was no good at it, I would return to the run the family farm."

“So thankfully it went the right way so I’m not stuck on the farm milking cows!”

“There’s no doubt I’m driven by the big winners, I love it. There is no better feeling than mapping a plan and then it comes off ….. that’s what it’s all about.”

Tear’s I Cry was Ciaron’s first major result in 2007. The gelding won the Group 1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington over 1600m. The laid back Maher greeted the press after the race and said “I always had the vision to train but it’s unbelievable that this (Group 1 success) has come around so quick.”

Tear’s I Cry would eventually retire with 10 race wins and $908,340 prizemoney.

Ciaron with his parents

Ciaron’s father said: “He’s brilliant with any animal. He can train dogs, he’s good at handling cattle, drafting cattle, anything like that. He just has the right nature. He’s very relaxed and seems to have an affinity with animals.”

Former jockey Sam Hyland added: “He’s got plenty of cheek about him and I suppose that goes with being a jumps jockey, being a bit mad ….. but he’s just the perfect horseman, his nerve was never tested and he always gave his all when he went out and had a ride and that shows in how he’s training.”

Co-trainer David Eustace said: “He’s very laid back but very much in a good way. He’s very switched on with what he’s interested in which is horses.”

One of the Owners in the Ciaron Maher stables said: “He’s not what you expect, he looks more like the wild colonial boy (or a surfer dude) but what is most to like is his radical and intelligent approach to racing. Ownership is about having a lot of fun and Ciaron is very entertaining to be around. Racing is an expensive hobby so if you’re not enjoying it well ….. be with someone you can.”

The Ciaron Maher Team

Ciaron Maher Racing is made up of young, passionate and experienced people who all contribute to the team’s success on the track.
Ciaron’s rare gift for preparing his horses to peak at the right time is born from his attention to detail and individual approach to each horse.

New Training Partnership with David Eustace

In August 2018, Ciaron announced that David Eustace would join him as co-Trainer at Ciaron Maher Racing. This decision will ensure the success and growth of the stables for years to come.

Co-Trainer - David Eustace

Since joining the team in mid-2016, David has proved the perfect balance with his intensity and meticulous nature complimenting Ciaron’s more relaxed approach. The Ying and the Yang matches perfectly for each other.

Ciaron said: “David has really grown into the role, staring as an assistant trainer and then looking after the stable when I had some time off. I was impressed the way he really stood up to be counted because there was a lot of pressure on David. It was a big team and the stable never missed a beat.”

David grew up in Newmarket England which is a racing town. His father trains at Newmarket having 30 boxes and has trained there for 26 years so David has spent his whole life in a racing stable.

Intelligent and a talented amateur rider, Ciaron and David share a lot of common ground where they have learnt their trade.

There is a lot of respect for one another. Both have a determined focus and an eagerness to achieve.

David gets on well with all owners and connections. He is approachable, open to conversation, explanation and is a good leader within the stable. The staff all respect him and he has a great rapport with everyone.

David jokes: “Failed flat jockeys often make bad trainers but failed jumps jockeys tend to make very good trainers ….. that’s how it works in England, so there is hope for me !”

Pre-Training Facility


The Pakenham farm might be a nice little break from the rigours of training for the horses. Alternatively it’s the venue where horses having completed their spell transition with the basic foundation work before heading onto the main stable.

However when out at Pakenham Farm, Ciaron employs the unique method of having all his horses do dressage and these results speak for themselves.

The stable also send them out there at all different times of their preparations. Some fillies might just need a bit of a freshen-up like a weekend away - just like us!

Some horses might need a week or more. Decisions are made upon the individual.

Ciaron said: "We use dressage to get the horses muscle tone rounded up nicely and to move properly. It helps to develop muscle and balances the horse’s action.

"They learn how to canter on each lead leg and how to use themselves. Such as how to get their back legs underneath themselves and drive off their back legs and how to bend and flex.

"A lot of racehorses end up ridged and stiff because they have only learnt how to go in straight lines.

"It’s a very important part in developing an athlete."

Training – Proven Success

Ciaron’s first Racing Season as a Trainer was in 2005/06.

In his first season as a trainer, he started horses in 67 Races for 7 Wins and 17 Placings.

His most successful horse that year was All Garhood who had 12 starts: 3 Wins and 6 placings.

He also won a race with Spectacular Storm, Three Kings and Our Lotto.

In thirteen season on his own, Ciaron Maher trained:

564 Race Wins (15%); 858 (23%) Placings with earnings over $29.4 million.

10 Group 1 Wins

2017    JAMEKA The BMW 2400m
2017    RUTHVEN Qld Derby 2200m
2016    AZKADELLIA Coolmore Queen Of Turf 1600m
2016    JAMEKA Caulfield Cup 2400m
2016    BON AURUM Sir Rupert Clarke 1400m
2015    SRIKANDI Tatt's Club Tiara 1400m
2015    SRIKANDI Stradbroke Hcp 1350m
2015    JAMEKA VRC Oaks 2500m
2014    SET SQUARE VRC Oaks 2500m
2007    TEARS I CRY Emirates Stks 1600m

Notable Results:

Most Wins by a Stable Runner:

Bashboy (13)
Al Garhood (13)
Srikandi (9)
July (9)
Mr O’Ceirin (8)
Moudre (8)

Highest Prizemoney Earners for the Stable Runners:

Jameka $4,835,125
Srikandi $2,372,600
Azkadellia $1,582,950
Bashboy $1,102,993
Set Square $846,050

52 Stakes Wins:

10 Group 1 Wins; 3 Group 2 Wins; 10 Group 3 Wins; 29 LR Wins

2017    JAMEKA The BMW 2400m
2017    RUTHVEN Qld Derby 2200m
2016    JAMEKA Caulfield Cup 2400m
2016    BON AURUM Sir Rupert Clarke 1400m
2016    AZKADELLIA Coolmore Queen Of Turf 1600m
2015    SRIKANDI Tatt's Club Tiara 1400m
2015    SRIKANDI Stradbroke Hcp 1350m
2015    JAMEKA VRC Oaks 2500m
2014    SET SQUARE VRC Oaks 2500m
2007    TEARS I CRY Emirates Stks 1600m

2015    SRIKANDI Victory Stakes 1200m
2015    JAMEKA Moonee Valley Vase 2040m
2015    JAMEKA VRC Sires' Produce Stakes 1400m

2018    VILLERMONT Gunsynd Classic 1630m
2017    MERCHANT NAVY H.D.F. McNeil Stakes 1200m
2017    JUKEBOX Vain Stakes 1100m
2016    JAMEKA Naturalism Stakes 2000m
2016    AZKADELLIA Mannerism Stakes 1400m
2015    BON AURUM Caulfield Guineas Prel. - (C&G) 1400m
2015    PETITS FILOUS Quezette Stakes 1100m
2014    SRIKANDI Glenlogan Park Stakes 1350m
2013    MR O'CEIRIN Naturalism Stakes 2000m
2010    MOUDRE Queen's Cup 2600m

Listed Race Wins

2017     MERCHANT NAVY ANZAC Day Stakes
2017     FOX SWIFT Cap D'Antibes Stakes
2017     BONS AWAY Testa Rossa Stakes
2017     JUKEBOX William Inglis Premier
2017     REGINA COELI The Grand Annual Steeple
2016     HAZZABEEL Kilmore Cup
2016     AKAVOROUN Tattersall's Mile
2016     THROSSELL ANZAC Day Stakes
2016     BON AURUM Tontonan Stakes
2015     CHLOE IN PARIS Bob Hoysted Hcp
2015     BON AURUM Exford Plate
2015     PETITS FILOUS Cap D'Antibes Stakes
2015     BASHBOY Grand National Steeple
2015     REGINA COELI The Grand Annual Steeple
2014     MARKSMANSHIP Banjo Paterson Final
2014     SRIKANDI Juanmo Stakes
2014     SET SQUARE Ethereal Stakes
2014     SRIKANDI Silk Stocking
2014     AKAVOROUN VRC Winter Championship
2014     PALMERO The Brierly Steeple
2013     BASHBOY Grand National Steeple
2013     MR O'CEIRIN Grafton Cup
2012     BASHBOY Grand National Steeple
2011     MAN OF CLASS Grand National Steeple
2011     AL GARHOOD The Grand Annual Steeple
2010     MOUDRE Heatherlie Stakes
2010     AL GARHOOD The Grand Annual Steeple
2009     AL GARHOOD The Brierly Steeple
2008     AL GARHOOD The Brierly Steeple



The partnership took effect at the start of the 2018/19 Racing Season which commenced on 1st August.

After just 3 months the partnership is performing well and producing excellent results.

There have been 230 Runners; 43 Wins (19%); 69 Placings (30%).

The partnership has already produced 4 stakes winners:

ATC Breeder's Plate
29/09/2018 DUBIOUS ($83,000)

ATC St Leger
13/10/2018 BIG BLUE ($288,500)

MRC Coongy Cup
20/10/2018 MASK OF TIME ($59,250)

VRC Ottowa Stakes
6/11/2018 BELLA ROSA ($90,000)

We invite you to consider racing horses with the Dynamic Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.