Carolyn Costigan

Carolyn Costigan, an Irish-born Canadian, and after graduating Godolphin Flying Start in 2007, spent two years working for Jim Bolger, where she was responsible for the daily care of more than 20 horses, liaising with veterinarians and riding out. Carolyn returned to Canada to set up her own training operation, Arravale Racing, in late 2009, and she made an immediate statement, winning with her first runner, the 2-year-old Roan Inish, in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes, Canada’s most important race for juvenile fillies. Carolyn became the first female trainer to win the Woodbine Oaks, a Classic race for fillies, when she saddled Roan Inish to victory the following year, and she finished third in the $1,000,000 Queen’s Plate, Canada’s most historic race, two weeks later. Carolyn has since retired from the training ranks and is now an Investment Advisor at RBC Dominion Securities.