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Ciaron Maher

Ciaron Maher

Come Racing With Ciaron Maher!

Apprentice to CS Hayes then a successful jumps jockey, including captaining the Australia team against Ireland in the International Jockey Challenge, Ciaron realised his size would deny his riding ambitions. Despite that, his love for racing and his natural interest and curiosity in training saw him commit to a career as a trainer at a young age. Knowing you learn best from the best, he spent time with Bart Cummings, Aiden O’Brien and Willie Mullins before starting in his own right,  with 6 boxes on his dad’s farm. He knows you never stop learning and continues to connect with the greats, only recently spending time with Wesley Ward (USA), Roger Charlton (UK) and Richard Hannon (UK), Andre Fabre (France) and Joseph O’Brien (IRE).  

Ciaron is now very happy to be based in what he describes as the best training facility he’s seen anywhere in the world at Ballarat, with operations also in Cranbourne and Sydney.

The Winners


Ciaron Maher has dominated stakes races in recent years, amassing a staggering 41 Group 1 wins in his training career. This incredible success has earned an enormous and still-rising prizemoney figure of $187,000,000+. Some of his notable wins (prizemoney $1M+ AUD) include:

  • 2023 Champions Mile

  • 2023 Winners Stakes

  • 2023 Empire Rose Stakes

  • 2023 Sydney Stakes

  • 2023 Caulfield Guineas

  • 2023 JJ Atkins

  • 2020 & 2023 Sydney Cup

  • 2023 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes

  • 2022 Melbourne Cup

  • 2019 & 2022 Manikato Stakes

  • 2022 Turnbull Stakes

  • 2022 Moir Stakes

  • 2022 Memsie Stakes

  • 2021 & 2022 ATC Australian Derby

  • 2022 Australian Guineas

  • 2020 & 2022 Magic Millions 2YO Classic

  • 2021 Victoria Derby

  • 2021 He Tancred Stakes

  • 2021 Golden Gift

  • 2021 Cox Plate

  • 2019 Queen Of The Turf Stakes


From their flagship stable in Ballarat, combined with their Cranbourne stable, beach facilities at Balnarring, dressage and pretraining operation at Pakenham and their Sydney stable, it is widely accepted that as a collective, Ciaron Maher Racing have some of the best racing facilities on offer in Australia and even the world.

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