The Molony family’s ties with Rathmore Stud can be traced as far back as the late 17th century, over 330 years ago. It is now the responsibility of Peter Molony, who has been running the farm since 1993.
The son of legendary jockey, Martin Molony, Peter inherited from his father a natural eye for a horse. Prior to taking on Rathmore Stud, Peter completed the Irish National Stud course in stud management and worked at stud farms in New Zealand, Australia and the USA, including Lyndhurst Stud, Ardsley Stud and Three Chimneys.
Rathmore Stud has established a reputation for dealing in quality Flat and National Hunt bloodstock and has become a leading consigner at Goffs, including providing the top lot at the prestigious Land Rover Sale.
Peter is married to Sarah who plays an active part in the running of the farm and they have three children.
Rathmore Stud has
established a reputation
for dealing in quality
Flat and National Hunt
A man for all seasons
In addition to running Rathmore Stud, Peter is the Irish representative for Qatar Racing and manager of the operation’s Spring Lodge farm;
He is one of Goffs’ official representatives and part of the Goffs National Hunt inspection team. He was also formerly a non-executive Director of Goffs;
He is racing and bloodstock manager to leading National Hunt owner and breeder Kenneth Alexander;
And former Chairman of the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association National Hunt Committee.
Both Peter’s father and uncle were iconic figures in Irish and British racing. Peter’s father, Martin Molony, was a six-time champion jump jockey, despite being forced to retire from race riding due to injury at only 26 years of age.
As well as being champion jump jockey in Ireland for six consecutive years from 1946 to 1951, Molony also finished runner-up in the British jockeys’ table in the 1949-50 season when his brother Tim Molony was champion.
Martin Molony also rode with significant success on the flat and has the rare distinction of being a Cheltenham Gold Cup and Classic-winning rider. In all, he won three Irish Classics.
Peter’s father, Martin
Molony, was a six-time
champion jump jockey…
Martin subsequently started breeding horses, including Skindles Hotel (champion 2-year-old in 1956), as well as buying and selling bloodstock, most notably Bula, the dual winner of the Champion Hurdle in 1971-72, who he bought as an unbroken three-year-old.
Martin died aged 91 in 2017 and Tim died in 1989, both are honoured at Limerick Racecourse where a lifesize bronze sculpture of the brothers was unveiled in 2015.