County Down born Mark O’Hare has been one the finest riders on the point to point circuit for nearly two decades. The Warrenpoint born jockey first tasted success back in 1999.
Astonishingly he still claiming a valuable 3lb, unquestionably he is worth his weight in gold to horse racing trainers around the country.
O’Hare is significantly in the record books as being one of only five jockeys in Irish racing history to ever ride six winners in one meeting, also to bolster his portfolio further he has attained Cheltenham festival success back in 2014 when steering 40/1 ‘Another Rum’ to victory at the pinnacle meeting on the jumps racing calendar. Although O’Hare is not one to brag about such noteworthy successes, quite conceivable his grounded attuite has been the making of him.
County Meath handler Noel Meade has seized the opportunity to book experienced O’Hare in bumper races this season, O’Hare has ultimately filled the void left in the stable since Nina Carberry retired.
So far in O’Hare’s career his skills in the saddle where primarily observed on the point-to-point circuits, he is incontestably more in the limelight now with his significant role with mainstream trainer Noel Meade, that ultimately comes with great responsibility, though O’Hare has been around long enough to comprehend, “Pressure is for tyres” his exceptional strength and composure in the saddle has received countless plaudits this season already, even by the pessimists.
As well as being an in-demand jockey go-getting O’Hare has remarkably found time to start up a reputable farrier business, his skills in shoeing horses have not gone unnoticed, a lot of horse owners avail of his services, O’Hare tells us “I have a very flexible job that mixes great with the horse racing side of things, which allows me to make the best out of both worlds”.
The national hunt season doesn’t really hit top gear until late October, though I would put my neck on the line, confidentially insisting to you “O’Hare will be the go-to man for bumpers” serious success this year beckons for this rider who has gradually built a great affiliation with everyone within the industry.
It’s safe to say your horse is in capable hands when the experienced Mark O’Hare is in the saddle.