Francis Flood (b. 1930)
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Francis Flood (b. 1930)


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Track 1: Growing up in Grangecon Rocks, Co. Wicklow. Becoming a stableboy for Paddy Sleator, a local horse trainer at Grangecon Stables; getting excellent opportunities to ride out great horses. Track 2: His days as an amateur jockey; recalling the many stablehands employed by Paddy Sleator. Track 3: His views on Stewarding; his many wins as a jockey at Punchestown. Track 4: In 1968, set up his own stables at Ballynure and began training. Anecdote about a musical duo, Foster and Allen, for whom he trained horses. Track 5: The skills required to train horses and to judge a horse’s potential. Track 6: Discussed the many trophies and memorabilia present in the room which he won over the years. Track 7: The longstanding tradition of good horsemanship in the Flood family. Concluded interview with review of the many memorable photographs of triumphant occasions, including winning The Gold Cup and The Irish Grand National.

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Disk, MP3

Audio series:

Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection


128 kbps

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48 hours

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4.38 MB; 11 MB; 4.08 MB; 9.87 MB; 6.44 MB; 7.74 MB; 8.57 MB

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The life of a jockey and trainer

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore