Patrick Owens has taken out a licence to start training from the famous Authorized Yard at St Gatien Stables in Newmarket after over 25 years learning his trade.
Owens has worked for several big names in the sport including John Gosden and Luca Cumani.
Originally from Galway and a successful amateur jockey, he started with Cumani as an assistant in Newmarket before spending time working for trainers such as Eddie Kenneally in the USA, Mike Doyle in Canada and Erwan Charpy in Dubai.
Owens also worked for Joseph Murphy in Ireland and in yards in New Zealand.
Most recently he has spent six years in Newmarket pre-training for some of the town’s biggest stables, including John Gosden.
“I have learned a huge amount during my time with some of the most talented trainers around the world and more recently have enjoyed following the careers of some of the outstanding horses I have been lucky to pre-train,” said Owens.
“I am excited to start training myself with a dual-purpose licence from the Authorized Yard, with the world-class gallops and facilities in Newmarket on hand, there is nowhere better to be based.”
Owens is assisted by his partner Amy Stennett, a former leading amateur rider who has also worked for several leading trainers.
In the past, the Authorized Yard has been the base of Charlie Fellowes, Ed Walker and Peter Chapple-Hyam, who prepared the 2007 Derby winner Authorized there.