Visit Rathmoy Stables and you will swiftly realise it is a very special place. Not only is it a yard that is a proven base for sending out winners over decades, but it has a charm and atmosphere that trigger a good-to-be-alive sensation. Based in the heart of Newmarket, British racing’s headquarters, the stunning yard is just a short walk from the world-class gallop facilities which are excellently maintained by Jockey Club Estates. Rathmoy Stables has been completely rebuild to include two, 18-box American-style barns, as well as two European-style, 20-box yards and two isolation boxes as well. The boxes are all well-ventilated with back windows. David has use of a private, covered trotting ring, private equine pool, treadmill and spa.
David has a patient and studious style of training. There is a method there, but also an instinctive touch that has delivered some excellent results. Intelligence and intuition – it’s a powerful blend that looks sure to keep pushing the Lanigan name yet further up the table. There have already been flagship horses that have taken him to many of racing’s biggest meetings. Meeznah, a very classy filly, made her own mark in Group races, winning the Group 2 Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster and a Group 3 at Glorious Goodwood. Then, there has been Main Sequence: in 2012 he only found Camelot too good in Flat racing’s biggest race, the Derby. Both horses have shown how adept David is at successfully managing really good ones. It’s a skill that takes some mastering.
School holidays were spent riding out for Vincent O'Brien at Ballydoyle, John Oxx and also Edward O'Grady. David broadened his horizons with an informative five years in America at J.T.L Jones' Walmac International in, Kentucky where he progressed from yearling sales preparation to working in the breeding shed, handling stallions such as Alleged, Nureyev and Miswaki. He then managed the breaking and training of Walmac's yearling and two-year-old division.
Such experiences have proved invaluable – as was the near-five years that he spent as assistant trainer to Sir Henry Cecil. What a finishing school Warren Place must have been for a dedicated and ambitious horsemen such as David. His time there climaxed with a thrilling victory for Cecil’s charge Light Shift in the 2007 Oaks.