Maher and Eustace partnership coming to an end
With David Eustace heading out to Hong Kong, Ciaron Maher and he call an end to their superb half decade collaboration
- Ciaron Maher and David Eustace have announced their split.
- The training duo came together for the first time back in 2018.
- In collaboration, the pair have trained over 40 Group 1 winners, including 2022 Melbourne Cup winner Gold Trip.
- Eustace is pursuing a lucrative deal in Hong Kong, with Maher set to stay in Australia.
Whilst the relative merits of different horse racing trainers can always be argued, the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace partnership has been one of the most notorious in Australian racing in recent years.
First coming together back in 2018, Maher & Eustace were the hallmark of quality for punters when indulging with Australian online betting sites and the racing landscape promises to be very different from 2024 onwards.
Having a trainer or set of trainers that you can rely on as a punter is always useful and few have been as reliable in recent seasons as Ciaron Maher and David Eustace with Aussie bookmakers.
The pair have enjoyed plenty of success since first coming together in 2018 but they have announced that they will be parting ways from 2024 onwards.
Maher the master
When David Eustance arrived in Australia back in 2014, he came with a fierce reputation for being able to get the very best out of champion racehorses.
His prodigious talent was quickly recognised by Ciaron Maher, a man who has plenty of stock in the bank when it comes to nurturing Aussie race winners.
Having seen his project with Annabel Neasham come to an end, Maher enlisted the help of Eustace back in 2018 and the pair have become one of the most prolific training partnerships across Australia ever since.
Going out on top
The calibre with which both Ciaron Maher and David Eustace are held is exemplified by their roll call of accolades collected as a duo.
Having won the Victorian Trainers Championship for the past 4 years and as the current National Training Champions, Maher and Eustace are a partnership revered by punters and online betting sites alike.
Gold Trip winning the 2022 Melbourne Cup was of course the pinnacle of their working partnership and with both parties happy with the split, it would appear that this may not be the definitive end of their collaboration.
Pastures new for Eustace
The global pull of Australian racing is continuing to strengthen, with stables from all over the world now looking to enlist Australian horse expertise as part of their operations.
David Eustace has been propelled to the forefront of world racing for his exploits alongside Ciaron Maher and being headhunted in Hong Kong is representative of just that.
How he fares over in Hong Kong remains to be seen but with his work ethic and pen champs for unearthing special racing talent, it looks to be a very good match for all parties.
The dynamic duo of Ciaron Maher and David Eustace is set to come to an end, with the pair having dominated Australian racing over the past 5 years.
With Eustace heading to Hong Kong and Maher still up for the challenge of producing special Aussie horses, the partnership may reunite in the future but for now, it will leave a big hole on Australian race cards.