Meet Philip Dempsey
Having ridden for 20 years, Philip started off on the path to training with a few hunters. He also broke racehorses for Tony Martin and Ted Walsh. He then started to pre-train and got left with a point-to-pointer, who went on to win.
It developed from there and Philip began buying a few horses for point-to-points. Himself and Franny Woods had great success together, buying horses for point-to-points and selling them on, one of the first horses they achieved this with was Abbey Lane.
Presenting Forever was another horse, for Denis Cusack, who has always been a good patron of the stable. Philip got bigger from then, getting more into point-to-pointers.
His first winner on the track was Rossdee Lad in 2006. Then he came by a mare by Jacksons Drift, a three-year-old which he bought at the August Sales for €3,000. She turned out to be a very good mare in Jacksonslady.
Philip sold a half share in her and she went on to win several good races, including the Grabel Mares hurdle in Punchestown. Mr JP McManus kindly bought her for the Galway Plate in which she finished third to Carlingford Lough.
She went on to win some good races for him, such as the Opera Hat in Naas. He kindly gave us more horses and we had more success for him since. We now concentrate more on the track and the last few years have been good.
He was a hard horse to keep sound in his earlier years, with a lot of niggly problems. But this year he put it all behind him. He is very ground dependent and with the dry winter he has only ran three times this season. Winning a Grade 3 hurdle in Cork and then three weeks later at Christmas winning a Grade 2 in Limerick.
He then went to Cheltenham and ran a respectable 6th in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett. We look forward to him going chasing next season. Unfortunately, my father who part-owned him with Tom & Mary Furlong, never got to see him win on the track. He was a great supporter of me from the time I was riding and he would have been very proud of Derrinross’ success so far.
Mr Diabolo is a horse very close to my heart. He has been mixing it with the best of them throughout his career, winning a bumper, over hurdles and over fences, including the Carrickmines Chase in Leopardstown and finishing second in a Grade A Handicap Chase. Unfortunately, throughout his career he has had several life-threatening injuries.
Yet, he amazes both us and vets, as he has come back from injuries that horses don’t usually come back from. After nearly 2 years off, he came back and was 2nd in the 2018 Troytown, beaten only by Tout Est Permis by 8 lengths when finishing 3rd. Unfortunately, he is out again this season, but the renowned veterinary surgeon Ger Kelly has said not to give up on this horse and he will be back. So we will keep dreaming of next year’s Grand National with him.
Dinnies Vinnie was a great servant, having won 6 races for his owners, the TFC Syndicate. His owners now have Iknowwhereiamnow who has been placed a few times and won a nice handicap hurdle in Fairyhouse.
We think that she is a top-class filly. She won her bumper in Naas and was third in a listed bumper in Navan. She has won two hurdle races since and will now step up into graded company. Her owner William Flood of the famous Boardsmill Stud is a long-time patron and is always great for a bit of advice if needed.