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Frances Crowley Shock Decision To Quit Training

Friday, 10th October 2008

Also in Ireland, Frances Crowley "who made racing history 3 years ago by becoming the 1st licensed female trainer to send out an Irish Classic winner, is in the process of finishing up as a public trainer after 10 years in the role," reported racingpost.co.uk. Twice Ireland's champion amateur rider, Crowley (daughter of trainer Joe Crowley, wife of Ireland's champion jump jockey Pat Smullen & sister-in-law of Coolmore's Ballydoyle-based trainer Aidan O'Brien) won the 2005 Gr1 Irish 1000 Guineas with Saoire. Crowley, 34, has a 5YO daughter & 18-months-old son & commented: "You could call it a life decision. I haven't been enjoying the job as much as I used to & I've decided to make a change. I'm trying to find new homes for our team of 35 horses & by the end of next week we will probably have only a few horses of our own left. I might decide to take out a restricted licence & train a few of our own. But I'll be preparing horses for the sales, including the breeze-ups. We have a farm & will still have plenty of young horses about the place. Racing has been very good to me & I've trained about 350 winners. While I'm winding down on the training front, I'm certainly not leaving the game."

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