At Woodbine, trainer Niall Collum is one of a wave of up and coming horse people working hard to build a small, successful stable complete with first time horse owners. Collum’s journey into racing began at an early age in his homeland of Ireland. As a teenager he was riding in steeplechase races for ten years before he joined the Aidan O’Brien training yard at Ballydoyle in Newmarket, England. His next stop was Dubai with the famous Godolphine stables and then on to the United States as an assistant to Eddie Kenneally. Seeking to train under his own name, Collum came to Canada with his wife Andrea.

“It’s been a slow and steady build,” said Collum. “I had to start at the bottom again, but I have been lucky to have started out with some good owners such as Bob and Marilyn Carey, Jason and Bob Copem and Brian O’Leary. With the horses I have had, we have done well.”

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