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Next Generation | Rider - Barry Stone

Barry Stone enjoyed a red-letter-day at Loughrea last Sunday, booting home his first winner in the first division of the four-year-old maiden.

The County Wexford rider did the steering aboard the Mary Doyle-trained Unexpected Depth. Having just his seventh ride, the 19 year-old gave the debutant a cool ride and should be one to watch this season, especially with the support of Baltimore Stables behind him.  

Name: Barry Stone

Age: 19

Where are you from? Cleariestown, Co Wexford.

Are you from a racing background?

My uncle Benny Walsh is a jockey and my younger brother is riding in pony races.

How did you get started in racing and where are you based now?

It was mainly through Benny, I starting going down and riding out for him at the weekend when I was in school. He got me a job then riding out in Brian Jordan’s, so that’s where it all started.

Once I finished in school I spent a winter with Liz Doyle and another with Noel Meade. I was with Jim Bolger and Joseph O’Brien for the two summers, before I started riding out for James Doyle. I then got the opportunity to take out the licence and start race-riding.  

I am here with the Doyle’s in the mornings, I try and go schooling any afternoon I can. They are good to work for and it’s great when you are getting rides. It is just myself and Aaron Sinnott with licences in the yard. So I would be hopeful of getting plenty of opportunities this season. There are about 40 horses in, so we would be busy enough.

Riding your first winner was obviously a big deal, how did you get the ride and was he fancied?

I ride the horse Unexpected Depth, out every day. I had also ridden him in a couple of bits of work on the beach and schooled him at home. I saw he was entered and the Doyle's told me I was riding him during the week and that he would have a great chance. It all worked out well on the day, and I hope he goes on now.

What are your ambitions now for the season?

I would like to try and go for the novice title if I could, just try my best and ride for as many people as I can really.

What about plans for the future, would you like to turn professional down the line?

For the moment I will stay down the point-to-point route and see how that goes.

What improvements for novice riders would you like to see in point-to-pointing?

I think that if you give young lads a chance, it gets more lads involved. It would even help with staff if you had more young lads coming up. The novice riders’ races are a help as it encourages trainers to give riders a chance.

Can you give us a horse to watch out for?

I have another ride there at the weekend it should have a great chance, an Arcadio horse called Fancy Pants.

What about another novice rider that you think might be coming though?

I would be friendly enough with James Kenny and I think he would be up and coming.

Who would you look up to in the weight room or try and style yourself off?

I would try and do something like what Jamie Codd or Barry O’Neill do.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

I think just not to panic in race, don’t rush.

Outside of racing, do you play any sports or hobbies?

I play hurling and football for St Anne’s.

Watch the video below to see Barry get off the mark between-the-flags.


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