One of five children of the Irish amateur rider, Pat Lordan, Wayne was apprentice jockey to trainer Thomond O’Mara for six years and in 2001 finished second in the Irish Apprentice Championship with 22 winners.
His first Group 1 success came when he guided the 100-1 outsider, Sole Power, to a shock win in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York in August 2010.
He finished third in the 2013 Investec Derby and in the Ladbrokes St Leger on Galileo Rock and had two good placings on Slade Power, third in the Darley July Cup and second in the Betfred Sprint Cup before the combination teamed up to win the QIPCO British Champions Sprint on QIPCO British Champions Day – his first Series win.
In 2014 he won the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes and the Group 1 Darley July Cup on Slade Power, who developed in to one of Europe’s top six furlong sprinters. He was also second on Gordon Lord Byron in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park.
Next he won the QIPCO British Champions Sprint aboard Gordon Lord Byron, notching up his third QIPCO British Champions Series victory of the season.
The following year, he partnered David Wachman’s Legatissimo to victory in the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood, as the filly won with two and a quarter lengths to spare at the line.
In 2017 he enjoyed his first British Classic success when guiding Winter to glory in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas for trainer Aidan O’Brien and repeated that same feat in 2019, partnering Hermosa (also trained by Aidan O’Brien) to QIPCO 1000 Guineas glory.