Born: 29 July 1948
British Classic Wins: 2
Irish Classic Wins: 15
Notable Horses Trained: Blue Wind, Prince's Polly, Trusted Partner, Committed, Flash of Steel, Zagreb, Dance Design, Vintage Crop, Grey Swallow, Vinnie Roe, Refuse To Bend, Rite of Passage, Media Puzzle
Dermot Weld is one of the most successful trainers in the history of Irish horse racing. A former jockey and veterinarian, Weld decided concentrate on the training ranks and first gained a licence in 1972.
Now one of the most experienced trainers in the UK & Ireland the County Kildare trainer has now notched over 3000 winners in a stellar career that has seen him win top races all over the world.
After taking out his licence in the early 1970's it didn't take long for Weld to venture into the big time and he bagged his first big success in the 1974 Middle Park Stakes with Steel Heart. This was just the catalyst that the Rosewell House trainer needed and it was a stepping stone for bigger and better things as he bagged a multitude of Group One contest all through the 70's.
However, it wasn't until the 1980's that Weld finally notched up his first Classic success and it was thanks to the Lester Piggott-ridden Blue Wind, who won the Epsom Oaks in 1981. A year later he won a Classic on home soil for the first time as Prince's Polly stormed to victory in the Irish 1000 Guineas.
Nevertheless, it would be one festival that would shape Weld's career and it is one that he has dominated since the 1980's. Weld's name has become synonymous with the Galway Festival and he has been virtually unbeatable at the Ballybrit track notching up over 20 leading trainer titles during his career. In 2011 he trained a stunning 17 winners at the week-long extravaganza to eclipse his previous tally that had only just ventured into double figures.
During the 1990's Weld continued to train a plethora of winners from his Curragh stables and he finally bagged Irish Derby glory in 1996 with Zagreb, a feat he would replicate in 2004 with Grey Swallow.
Throughout his career Weld has always looked for races worldwide and he has been successful all over the globe and managed to win the Prix de l'Abbaye in France twice with Committed, as well as winning the Hong Kong Mile, Melbourne Cup and American Derby.
A training feat that showed Weld's brilliance came at the turn of the century as Weld managed to train Vinnie Roe for glory in the Irish St Leger four years in a row between 2001 and 2004.
Weld has always shown an excellent versatility with racehorses and has not only concentrated on the flat as during Galway he is often seen saddling winners over the sticks in competitive national hunt contests.
Away from his native Ireland, Weld managed to bag Royal Ascot glory in 2009 as he trained the tough Rite of Passage to victory in the Ascot Gold Cup to show he has an excellent pedigree in both the UK & Ireland.