Luke Oliver - Romsey - Victoria
Many trainers have a family rich in racing history. Trainers often train because they are following in the footsteps of a pathway that has been laid by the generations before them. Luke Oliver is different....
He simply grew up loving racing. From the first time he attended the races as a young boy he knew the passion he had for the sport of kings would one day become part of his every day life.
After spending his early adulthood working in the corporate banking sector Luke soon found the draw of the thoroughbred to be an overwhelming calling. Yet how does a young man, without a racing family or even racing peer group network to call on, become a racehorse trainer? With the solution to this problem not readily apparent Luke decided to resist the urgings of those around him to make haste slowly and decided on a more simple if somewhat rushed approach - he went to the nearest city track to his home and knocked on the first trainers door he found and demanded a job.
That trainer was revered Caulfield trainer James Riley. Somehow Luke managed to convince James to take him on and the rest, as they say, is history.
Luke has carved his reputation like most successful trainers by improving horses he has been sent or purchased from other trainers. Two great examples are Sensational Toy and Royal Ida.
Luke purchased Sensational Toy for just $3,000 as a seven year old mare who hadn’t won for over two years . Using his skills as a horseman he ran the mare for just over two years winning ten times with her and amassing $350,000 in prize money.
Royal Ida was purchased out of a paddock and retirement at the age of nine by Luke in August 2009 for $15,000. Two years on he has won over $300,000 including the Group 3 Standish Handicap at Flemington.
Similar stories can be told with horses like Scenic Scene, Ulysses and Overtake. This year is proving a transitional one for Luke due to him being sent a number of young and unraced horses because of the success he has achieved in his short training career.
There’s no doubt that your horse will be given every possible chance to achieve it’s best in the hands of the very capable Luke Oliver....
"I have to pass on my how fantastic Luke and Steve were at the races yesterday. I have been in mounting yards and winners rooms with friends who have owned horses before and who have been trained by highly regarded well known trainers who don't engage with their clients at all. Luke and Steve were totally the opposite and were fantastic. Certainly made the experience of being personally involved in my first winner even better. Good choice to have Luke Oliver training for Grand Syndicates". Brett Hereward..
John Price - Cranbourne - Victoria
"Gentleman" John Price has been a prominent WA based trainer for over 25 years who relocated to Victoria in mid 2013. Starting out as a young man on a mission all those years ago, his first good horse was "BUCKSHOT BANDIT" who the 1984 Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie cups!
Kicking on from his early feature race successes, the winners continued to flow for John with consistent regularity courtesy of some very talented and well prepared horses such as CONFRONT (5 starts for 4 wins including the G2 Karrakatta Plate), NOBLE SKY (9 wins & 16 placings including the G2 Winterbottom Stakes) ARCTIC PARK (17 wins & 15 placings including the Goodwood Cup, Grandstand Cup, Easter Stakes, Summer Scorcher etc), TWILIGHT SPY (10 wins & 10 placings including the Easter Stakes, Australia Day Stakes, Starstruck Classic etc), Flying Tiger (7 wins), Queen's Eye (6 wins), Baron Orczy (6 wins), Bawcstar (5 wins) etc.
A man for all jobs, John also spent time in the capacity of President of the WA Racehorse Trainers Association. At his new base in Victoria though, Johns stables are at Cranbourne and he maintains around 18-20 horses in work...
Jason Warren` - Mornington Peninsula - Victoria
From his base at Denistoun Park on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, the G1 winning and Jason Warren is a point of difference amongst the bigger names in Victorian training, offering a personal touch on his boutique operation, whilst still giving his owners access to the truly world class facilities of his showpiece training centre. An experienced and knowledgeable addition to Team Grand’s training ranks, Jason’s greatest asset has been and remains to be, his complete understanding and true love of the thoroughbred.
Jason gained his extensive experience working with horses at the revered Eliza Park Stud where he broke in and pre-trained Eliza's young horses. He then set up and ran a highly successful business from Coral Park in Moorooduc where he had a small team of racehorses plus breakers and pre-trainers.
Jason then made the decision to leave behind his business at Coral Park and take up a position with Hall of Fame trainer Lee Freedman.
“I decided to take a step back. I had a good little business going, but I wanted to learn more. It was a golden era at Markdel with Makybe Diva winning the Melbourne Cups and horses like Benicio winning the VRC Derby".
"My time at Markdel showed me that I had basically been doing the right things in terms of training and feeding the horses. One of the big things I learnt was that the good horses require more hard work than average ones. Lee worked his better horses harder and those horses would come home and eat up, and then he would work them harder the next time. I learned how much you can push a good horse and get the best out of them".
Armed with greater knowledge and renewed confidence, Jason branched out on his own in 2010, purchasing the famous Denistoun Park, a world class private training facility positioned in the middle of the Morning peninsula’s horse country at Tuerong. The winners have flowed since and from that base, Jason has produced a string of good horses, including the ill-fated G2 Manfred Stakes winner PURITAN, RHYTHM IN PARIS (Cockram Stakes), THE BARRISTER (Fernhill Stakes), PRONTO PRONTO (Vintage Stakes) and FREERETURN (Regal Roller Stakes) to name a few of his black-type stars, while of course all headed by his star performer, G1 Galaxy winner BEL SPRINTER, who won a total of 5 stakes races and was placed a further two times at G1 level. The 1st behind BLACK CAVIAR in the G1 TJ Smith and also behind Hong Kong’s best, LUCKY NINE in the G1 International Sprint in Singapore.
For those wanting their horse trained from a world class facility, by a trainer with a proven record of producing high quality horses and all the while still getting the personal touch of a small stable, Jason Warren offers the best of both worlds and is an easy choice to make.
David Jolly - Goolwa - SA
Located on the popular southern coastline of South Australia, David's stables at Goolwa, house around 30 thoroughbreds in full race work. David strongly believes this is a manageable number that truly allows him to track each individual horse and give them the attention they require while in work.
All horses go through an individualised pre-training program prior to heading to the stables at Goolwa to ensure they are in peak condition and ready to commence full race work when they arrive at the stables. David believes this provides the best possible stepping block to a successful preparation.
David treats all the horses as individuals and prepares each horse to its strengths, whether it's a sprinter, a middle distance horse or staying horse. They have individually planned programs to suit.
The ideal location gives all horses the best training facilities available. Having immediate access to Goolwa Beach offers the perfect coast line for working horses and maintaining them in the best possible physical condition.
The Strathalbyn Race Course which is one of SA's leading provincial tracks is located approximately 30 km's from Goolwa and provides a well equipped facility with two grass tracks, sand track and trotting track for all work, trials, jump outs and race days.
Grant Allard - Gosford - NSW
A relatively new addition to the training ranks boasts an impressive strike rate from just his first four years as a full time trainer that is the envy of many more well established stables.
With talented apprentice Jake Hull in his care he is always well represented in the jockey department and keeping a manageable team at his stables at Gosford means that each horse in his care gets the care and hands on approach that is needed.
Being based at Gosford also keeps his stables central to 90% of tracks in the state and Grant's willingness to travel his team is a key to his success.
His current team include a number of talented horses, though none of which more so than Golden Slipper boom horse Napayshini who is due to return this week on his quest for the Slipper and was ultra impressive on debut behind All The Talk.
Grant is also a former employee of the powerful Hawkes stable where he had the honour of being strapper for superstar Lonhro and top-class galloper Viscount.
Hawkes entrusted Lonhro into the care of Allard the first day the champion galloper came into the stables.
Allard went along for the ride as the "Black Flash" put together a stellar career of 26 wins from just 35 starts and earned $5.79 million in prize money.
His victories in group 1 races included an Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington. His last win at elite level was the George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.
"Lonhro had more than personality, he had a demeanour that was so good, so easy to get along with. But when you asked him to run he just loved it."
Allard has also been a successful owner in his own right, having raced Booboo, which won two straight Jungle Juice Cups at Cessnock, taking the titles in 2006 and 2007.
Booboo beat Beautiful Dragon in 2006 and then scored over Natal Lad in 2007.
With a record that speaks for itself already, Grant Allard promises to be a training success well into the future.
Bruce Hill - Gold Coast - Qld
Bruce was born to train horses, growing up with his father training trotters and gallopers in New Zealand. Bruce worked for his father Frank for six years before gaining further experience working for some of New Zealand's leading trainers like Fred Philips, Bill Sanders and Ray Verner.
Bruce took out his trainer's licence in the mid-seventies and by 1980 had travelled a horse to Melbourne, then deciding to make Australia his home. He immediately secured a job as travelling foreman for Geoff Murphy where he worked for three years and went on to be Geoff's Melbourne foreman for a further four years. During this time Bruce looked after such great horses as Grosvenor, Sovereign Red and even the Melbourne Cup winner Gurners Lane.
From 1987 until 1997 Bruce trained a small team of horses and put into practice the skills he had picked up from leading mentors, including training a horse to peak in the right race. After his largest client passed away Bruce moved to the Gold Coast, where he acted as foreman for Gerald Ryan, one of Australia's leading trainers. Bruce worked for Gerald for almost ten years, winning races such as the Queensland Guineas with Saxon, Magnifier and Regent Street and the Queensland Oaks with Mon Mekki. When Gerald decided to transfer to Sydney, Bruce had no hesitation in taking over Ascot Lodge. The transition was smooth and the winners kept on coming. Grand Syndicates now have around a dozen horses with Bruce. Although he's a man of few words, he let's his horses do the talking so to speak, and with an abundance of winners with our colours on, that suits us just fine!
Dean Krongold - Mornington Peninsula - Victoria
An exciting new addition to the Victorian training ranks, Dean Krongold knows what it takes to get the best of a horse, working with some of the highest quality horseflesh both in Australia and overseas, while learning from some of the best in the business before taking out his own licence.
Dean got his taste for racing at an early age and was only a schoolboy when he began working for G1 Rosehill Guineas winning trainer, Rob McGuinness at Caulfield, and it proved just the first step in a long line of very successful stables for him to learn his trade.
He then spent 5 years with Cliff Brown at Caulfield and was travelling foreman for the smart stable, helping THE A TRAIN score his Adelaide Cup win.
It was from here that Dean launched his assault abroad to quench his thirst for a broad base of knowledge, firstly working with Waikato Stud in New Zealand where he honed his craft at breaking in yearlings before making the exciting move to Newmarket, England where he had a stint with high class trainer trainer Chris Wall.
Dean was responsible for looking after smart group sprinter ASHDOWN EXPRESS when he ran 2nd in the July Cup, (beating Exceed and Excel) and also travelled to races in France and Japan with the talented sprinter gaining knowledge that can only be gained by experience at that level.
On his return to Australia, Dean spent 3 years as foreman for Luke Oliver Racing through Luke's very successful Royal Ida and Sensational Toy period, before making the move to Macedon Lodge as foreman.
It was working for 4 years as foreman for Lloyd Williams and the first class Macedon Lodge outfit that Dean was able to work with some of Australia's champions of the past decade in GREEN MOON, EFFICIENT, MOURAYAN, FAWKNER, ZIPPING, and CEST LE GUERRE to name a few, while learning Lloyd's mantra about attention to detail which has brought the stable so much success.
With this plethora of high level experience and grounding before going out on his own, it's not hard to feel that Dean Krongold Racing is set to become a successful force in it's own right and a stable that you'd love to have a horse in.
Brett Cavanough - Scone - NSW
In the 2006/07 racing season, Brett Cavanough won the title of New South Wales leading country trainer defeating the likes of Paul Perry, Kris Lees and Barbara Joseph. Brett also finished sixth in the NSW trainers title behind the likes of Gai Waterhouse, John Hawkes and Guy Walter, all told, an amazing achievement for an Albury-based trainer. Since then, Brett has maintained the success of his stable by winning an impressive 7 Southern Districts Racing Association trainers premierships as well as most of the Southern Districts country cups too!
Born into the racing industry, a young Brett, aged just 12 started riding track work before school for his grandfather Frank Cavanough. At 15, Brett left school to work for Queensland trainers Jim McCormack and Barry Baldwin (trainer of the 2006 Stradbroke Handicap winner La Montagna), and also learned the delicate craft of breaking in horses. At 18, Brett was keen to try his hand at training but the raw young man thought he should explore his options. So he left the racing industry and toiled at a number of different things before he was enticed into shearing at 24 – and what a rare talent was discovered. In September 1997, Brett became the first Australian to hold an official World Shearing Record when he shore 427 in eight hours at Widgeiwa Station in the Riverina!
With money in the bank and a World record under his belt, the call of the racetrack was too great to resist and Brett considered himself ready to return to racing-this time as a trainer. After training hundreds of winners out of his Albury stables and becoming recognised as one of NSW’s leading country based trainers, he's recently made the move to set up his training base at Scone.
Brett’s success is based on the simple principles of hard work and professionalism that he learnt from growing up in outback Queensland, before emerging as Australia’s World Champion sheep shearer. Now, as a successful trainer with a stable of smart horses headlined more recently by ‘The Monstar’ who to date has netted his owners over $300,000 in prizemoney, and with the recent massive increases in prizemoney in NSW, the future looks bright for Brett and his owners. We hope you choose to be one of them!