Twelve Questions: Joe Foley

Joe Foley | Tattersalls/Laura Green

The TDN Europe team reached out to several industry members for a light-hearted Q&A as the holidays approach. First up is stallion master Joe Foley of Ballyhane Stud.


What was you first job in the Thoroughbred industry?

Coolmore as a young 19-year-old having left UCD to the academics. They gave me a lot of responsibility for a young lad and I met some great people there.


The biggest influence on your career?

My parents.


Favourite racehorse of all time, and why?

So many to choose from but going for Red Rum.


Who will be champion first-season sire in 2023?

As I nearly answered the last question with Soldier's Call, he's definitely getting the nod for this one!


Greatest race in the world?

Irish Champion S.


If you could be someone else in the industry for a day who would it be, and why?

I've always wanted to be rich and famous with photographers following me around so think I'll have to say David Redvers.


Emerging talent in the industry (human)?

Great to see loads of young people coming through in the industry but the Tradewinds team particularly know what they're doing.


Horse TDN should have made a Rising Star and didn't?

Flight Plan.


Under-the-radar stallion?



Friday night treat?

Watching rugby on the telly whilst doing a crossword and slagging off someone on a WhatsApp group.


Guilty pleasure outside racing?

Playing golf and my electric guitar (not at the same time).


Race I wish I had been there for…

Dawn Run's Gold Cup.

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