The National Hunt sector, so often regarded as one in which the smaller operator had a genuine chance of hitting the big time, has become very polarised. The likes of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott, along with the major owner super powers such as Gigginstown House Stud, Susannah Ricci and JP McManus have been carrying all before them.
There is a perception that one now needs major resources to compete over jumps. However, this is not to say that smaller operations can’t make their mark on the big stage. Young Meath trainer Shane Crawley (23) will be hoping to do just that at Fairyhouse over Easter.