Crotanstown Stud, home to twelve Classic winners, first came to prominence in the racing world in the 1800’s as the home of the legendary gambler, Buck Whaley. Legend has it, Buck Whaley once lost £400,000 in a single game of poker.
A little over a hundred years later, Crotanstown Stud was owned by Sir Henry Greer who stood the great Gallinule at nearby Brownstown Stud. Greer introduced the Aga Khan to the turf and became the first manager of the Irish National Stud.
Soon after the First World War, the trainer J.T (Jack) Rogers made Crotanstown his home and training base. Rogers trained the subsequent Epsom Derby winner, Trigo to win the Phoenix Stakes (‘1500’) at the Phoenix Park in 1928 and won all five Irish classics in 1935, with the colt, Museum and the filly, Smokeless. He was Irish Champion Trainer in 1935, 1936,and 1937 and was the first trainer to win the Irish Triple Crown. In total, Jack Rogers trained eleven Irish classic winners from Crotanstown.
David Ainsworth, who owned Crotanstown during the 1960’s and 1970’s, trained Paveh to win both the Irish 2000 Guineas, and the Sussex Stakes, and King’s Company to win the National Stakes.
In the 1980’s the stable was occupied by P.J Finn who counted amongst his employees one, Aidan O’Brien. In 2008, O’ Brien became the first trainer since Jack Rogers to win all 5 Irish Classics in the same season.