He’s worked for some of the leading trainers in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Dubai, Britain and Ireland over the past quarter of a century - and now Patrick Owens is going it alone.
Irishman Owens is to start training from the renowned Authorized Yard at St Gatien Stables in Newmarket.
Originally from Galway and a successful amateur jockey, he started with Luca Cumani as an assistant in Newmarket before spending time assisting the likes of Eddie Kenneally in the U.S., Mike Doyle in Canada and Erwan Charpy in Dubai. He also worked for Joseph G 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.
Owens said: “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.
“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.
The historic yard has an excellent track record for producing winners and was previously the base of Charlie Fellowes, Ed Walker and Peter Chapple-Hyam, who, as the name suggests, prepared the 2007 Derby winner Authorized there.