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10 legendary trainers in horse racing history

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Hundreds of horseraces over the years have delivered spectacular wins for great horses and skilled jockeys. Yet, few people give a thought to the trainers behind the scenes, who invest effort and time to ensure a horse stands the best chance of winning.

The following list contains only 10 of the legendary trainers who have made a difference in horseracing in Australia.

PETER MOODY, from Charleville in Queensland, got his early racing experience working for some of the top stables in Australia including T. J. Smith & Colin Hayes. He spent 10 years with Bill Mitchell in Brisbane before taking out his training license in 2001.

DAVID HAYES is from one of racing’s legendary families. His father Colin Hayes was a master trainer who dominated racing in Victoria and S.A. from the 1970’s to the 90’s before handing over the training to David, who ran the Lindsay Park operation from 1990 to 1995 and was leading trainer in both Adelaide and Melbourne for 5 years.

MARK KAVANAGH worked as a jumps jockey for 12 years and claims to have ridden three Melbourne cup winners despite never having competed on the flat. He took a trainer’s license in 1991, training in Mt. Gambier.

GAI WATERHOUSE has a very strong racing pedigree as the daughter of the legendary T. J. (Tommy) Smith. After 15 years assisting Tommy and many attempts, she was finally permitted a license in 1992 and trained in her own name for the first time.

GERALD RYAN was a successful jockey before moving into training in the early 90’s in Melbourne. Soon in the top rank of Melbourne trainers, he moved to Malaysia for a short time before returning to Australia to take out a trainer’s license on the Gold Coast in 1998.

DANNY O’BRIEN took out his training license in 1995 at Epsom, then moved to Flemington taking over Freedman’s old stables and has since added a purpose built modern training stables near Barwon Heads.

CHRIS WALLER first worked with the former New Zealand and well-known Singapore trainer Paddy Busuttin in Foxton on the North Island and got his first taste of success in Australia during his time as a travelling foreman for the stable in 1992. Over time he established a small operation at Rosehill, eventually moving his operation there in 2003.

MICK PRICE spent his first 10 years gaining experience with a number of trainers at Epsom (a training track near Mordialloc Victoria) and took out his own license in 1991.

MIKE MORONEY New Zealand born, Mike began working with Paul Sullivan at the age of 16 and progressed to the position of Stable Foreman. In 1983 he obtained his training licence.

DARREN WEIR has been around for quite a long time and is well respected as a country trainer. His high winning strike rate has also brought him plenty of success at the city tracks. He became a trainer in his own right in 1995.

The example has been set. If you are aspiring to become a horse trainer, there are some role models that will gladly give advice.



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