Wachman calls time on training career
Classic-winning trainer David Wachman is to retire at the end of the season. The Tipperary handler has decided to call it a day after 20 years with a licence to concentrate on other business interests.
In a statement, Wachman said: "After much deliberation I have decided to hand in my trainer's licence at the end of this season. While not taken easily the decision to retire will allow me to spend more time with my family as well as pursuing various other business interests."
Wachman (45) first gained experience with trainers Jessica Harrington, Michael Hourigan and Jim Bolger in Ireland, then Bill Mitchell and Brian Mayfield Smith in Australia and Jenny Pitman in England, before embarking on his own career in 1996 near Carrick-on-Suir.
His first winner was Middle Mogs in a hurdle race at Clonmel in 1996, with his first Flat success coming in June 1997 with Clewbay Pearl at Cork.
In 2000 he recorded his first Listed-race victory when Rush Brook won the Ruby Stakes at Tralee and the following year he supplied leading jumps owner Michael O'Leary (of Gigginstown House Stud) with his first winner, Tuco, in the Land Rover Bumper at Fairyhouse.
In 2002 Wachman married Kate Magnier, daughter of Coolmore supremo John, and moved to stables near Cashel.
A year later, Venturi gave Wachman - who achieved the notable distinction of sending out Group One winners in five different countries - a first Pattern success when landing the Group Three CL Weld Park Stakes, a race he won again with Chrysanthemum and Chintz.