About David Marnane
In common with many trainers, David Marnane began his racing career in the saddle. He was a very accomplished amateur jockey, winning all the major prizes that an amateur can aspire to, including the GPT Handicap in Galway and the Champion Bumper in Punchestown. In fact, he tied for second in the race for Champion Amateur Rider in 1994 behind Willie Mullins. After he had ridden out his claim, David continued to ride for a few more seasons but then made the life-changing decision to move to Dubai in 1997 to learn a new trade.
David and his wife Mel spent a total of eight years living in Dubai. They both had senior roles for the Champion trainer in Dubai Kieran McLaughlin and latterly Doug Watson, gaining invaluable experience of different training methods and familiarising themselves with what it takes to win in Dubai.