Below is a list of our trainers:
Mitch started his professional life with thoroughbreds at 16 when he worked for the powerful Lloyd Williams operation at Flemington before stepping up to become the stable foreman for astute trainer the Late Russell Cameron, also at Flemington.
The experience gained with the Flemington outfits served Mitch well when he moved to Mornington to become the assistant trainer to another talented young horseman Jason Warren.
Beer worked with Warren as he developed his business to become one of the premier stables on the Mornington Peninsula as a host of smart horses went through the stable, none better than the Group 1 winner Bel Sprinter, during Mitchell’s tenure.
Mitch played a significant role in Bel Sprinter’s maiden Group 1 win in the Galaxy in Sydney in 2013 before he travelled with the exciting galloper to Singapore where the speedster ran second to the world class performed Lucky Nine in the KrisFlyer International Sprint.
Mitch gained his trainers’ licence in November 2015 before forming the partnership with Max Hinton soon after.
Making the move to Albury 2 years ago and in only his second season on the bordertown, Mitch took out the Albury Trainer's award in 2020. He is well known for turning tried horses' form around and is prolific on social media. Clanbrooke has more than a dozen horses in work at any one time with the stable.
Cindy may have served the longest apprenticeship ever in horse training. Since getting on a horses’ back at the age of three, Cindy has been under the watchful, coaching eye of her father, Colin. She went on to compete in many Equestrian disciplines including winning a State Level Championship.
After completing her Teaching Diploma in 1987, Cindy enjoyed a two year sojourn overseas, where she worked and gained experience at stables in the UK, USA and New Zealand.
In 1990, Cindy obtained her Training Licence, being among the very first women in Australia to be granted a permit to train. She achieved metropolitan success with the first horse she trained – ‘Old Magician’.
For a brief period, Cindy was employed by Racing Victoria to implement and run a Traineeship program for the industry. Later, she was employed by Victoria University to write resource materials for racing industry training.
In 2000, Cindy committed to training full time and draws on her own experiences and the shared knowledge and experience of Colin. Cindy is an excellent student of bloodlines and has a keen eye for a future champion.
Clanbrooke joined up with Cindy in 2016 and one of our first horses was the highly successful Group mare Sizzleme.
Mark Minervini commenced his training career in 1992.
The path to becoming a thoroughbred trainer was set out for Mark from a young age. Horses were very much a part of his life. His family was actively involved in breeding and showing Arabian horses.
Mark began working in racing for South Australian trainer Brian Murphy, and from the beginning Mark could see his path set out for him, he was to become a thoroughbred trainer. He enjoyed his time with Brian, learning the trade and working with some excellent horses such as, Durbridge who won six group races. Brian Murphy retired from training, and it was this change that led to Mark taking the next step in his journey to apply for his trainer's licence in 1992.
Mark embraced his life as a trainer, enjoying working with the thoroughbred and the challenge of winning races. He took a break from the world of racing for a six month period in 2008 to spend important time with his family. He returned to full time training in 2009 and believes the reprieve reinvigorated him and, in Mark's opinion, he returned a better trainer for it.
Mark considers his training style to be a more laid back approach and those that know him appreciate his genuine, easy to get along with attitude. He respects his horses and his owners and prides himself on his approachability.
Mark's background in showing is also prevalent in his racehorses. Horses trained by Mark Minervini are always well presented.
With this careful attention to detail, his approachable and easy going manner and his passion for racing, Mark is considered one of the country's most respected trainers.
Mark recently relocated to Newcastle (NSW) and will continue to race horses and strive for the thrill of success for many years to come. And Clanbrooke have followed him north and are pleased that we have a number of horses now in the Newcastle stable,
Former Flemington trainer Pat Carey has set the world on fire since relocating to Mornington last year, averaging more than one winner a week, many on city tracks. Pat's sea change has certainly brought the best out of the Carey team and the success has just continued with both Clanbrooke and Pat's first Group 1 win with champion filly Arapaho Miss. Arapaho's stablemate, Royal Harmony finished 4th in the race in a sweetener for Carey and his team.
Pat began working with Melbourne Cup winning trainer John Meagher at the age of 12 and continued with him to the age of 28. Pat then decided to go out on his own, purchasing an excellent training complex in Epsom. Following the closure of Epsom, Pat moved to Huntly Lodge and trained from Flemington with great success, producing horses such as THONG CLASSIC, winner of the Moonee Valley Cup. With John Meagher's impending return from Singapore, Pat decided a shift to Mornington was his best option. The success of the Club and the redevelopment plans, along with the commitment to training, consolidated his decision to shift to Mornington.
Pat and wife Cheryl have purchased a complex close to the track that can cater for a team of 25 horses. With three children, Shaun, Mark and Mandy and Cheryl running the office side of the business, the Carey team is a real family affair.
In 2007, both Clanbrooke and Pat celebrated their first G1 victory when ARAPAHO MISS won the G1 Crown Oaks. Renowned as one of the best trainer of stayers in Victoria, Pat continues to train horses for Clanbrooke who like the extra ground. Our association is an enduring one as long as Pat wants to train.
Jason Warren’s experience in racing belies his years. As a trainer, Jason’s greatest asset is a complete understanding and love of thoroughbred horses.
Jason gained his extensive experience working with horses at the revered Eliza Park Stud. He has also run a highly successful business out of his fully equipped 25 acre Moorooduc property, Coral Park, where he specialised in breaking in, pre-training and agisting racehorses. Jason went on to enjoy considerable success through training multiple provincial and metropolitan winners.
After a two-year period of developing his training career by working as a Foreman for Australia’s leading trainer, Lee Freedman, Jason returned to training armed with the knowledge and experience of achieving the best from thoroughbreds.
“I wanted to give myself every possible chance to learn as much as I could about my craft. I don’t think you could ask for any more than to be working for and tutored by the best in the business. Although I have my own way of training horses, there are definitely lessons I’ve learned from Lee that I will apply to my own training philosophies.”
He purchased Denistoun Park, a world class private training facility, and now has 50+ horses in work.
Jason Warren combines and enviable mix of ambition and experience, with a growing list of winners and a strike rate that is second to none. In 2020 Jason with an eye to the future, teamed up with Dean Krongold as his Training Partner
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.
Based at Caulfield Luke has been slowly but surely building his reputation and stable over the past seven years.He cut his teeth spending his own money on tried horses like Sensational Toy and Royal Ida.The Toy went on to win ten races and $420,000 in prize money , Royal Ida was rejuvenated by the move to Caulfield winning the Group 3 Standish and over $300,000 in prize money in 18 months after Luke purchased him from a paddock.Not a bad return from two horses costing under $20,000.00 for the pair.The stable has consistently produced city winners from limited opportunities and horses like Elmore , Ulysses, Diamondsontheinside , Good Red in the Bagot and Star Lani are amongst those who have saluted at Flemington.To bring the story up to date Zeletto, Jessy Belle,Khutulun,Arena Rock and Hamam are all city winners in the first two months of the season ,all of these horses made their debuts for the stable and highlight Luke's ability to select and develop racehorses.Luke is a trainer that likes to be hands on and prides himself on getting the best out of every horse.
In 2020 Luke moved his Training Centre to the largest Equine centre in the country - Cranbourne. Since the move, Luke has had a stream of winners so confirming the move as one for the future.
Tony McEvoy lives and breathes thoroughbred racing and has done so from a very young age. As an apprentice Jockey in 1975 McEvoy rode more than 100 winners over a short period of time before his weight got away from him. Coming from a riding background has really helped Tony hone his skills as a trainer and continues to attribute to his ability to find quality horses.
McEvoy Mitchell Racing was formed in 2011 when Tony was approached by Melbourne businessman Wayne Mitchell to become his partner and Head Trainer of Lindsay Park ‘Raceside’, now known as ‘Kildalton Park’. The stables success has been building since then and all strategies put in to place are proving to pay dividends.
Tony was originally an Assistant Trainer with the Hayes regime known as Lindsay park and he now owns and manages this complex with his son and Training partner Calvin.
Tony and Calvin McEvoy are now leading trainers in the country and Clanbrooke currently have 3 horses with the stable including the exciting Mayan.
The Hayes family motto is the famous Malcom X quote: ‘The future belongs to those who plan for it’. Shortly after returning from Hong Kong, David Hayes and wife Prue Hayes made a plan for the future of Lindsay Park. The first part of the plan involved divesting of the breeding interests to allow David to focus his attention on the training of the racehorses. This was achieved in 2008 when David sold his share of Lindsay Park Stud to his nephew Sam Hayes and business partners, now named Cornerstone Stud.
The next part of the plan involved centralising operations at a new purpose-built facility in Victoria: Lindsay Park Euroa.
The new property has been modelled on Lindsay Park, Angaston and designed to take advantage of the country environment that has been key to the success of Lindsay Park in the past, but with all of the modern technologies and features not available at metropolitan racetracks. The location of the property at Euroa allows us to focus on Victorian racing and at the same time being within easy reach of Adelaide and Sydney Metropolitan Racing.
Following David Hayes’s relocation to train in Hong Kong a new era for Lindsay Park began. On 10th July, 2020 the new partnership of Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes officially took up the training reins of Lindsay Park.
With David Hayes committed to his father’s famous philosophy “The Future Belongs To Those Who Plan For It”, his completed establishment of Lindsay Park Euroa and the diligent team leaves the future of the family legacy in good hands. David’s son Ben and nephew Tom will carry on as third generation Hayes family trainers. Their grandfather, Colin Hayes would be proud.
Robbie rode successfully as a jockey before weight issues forced an early retirement but he always knew my purpose in life was to succeed as a thoroughbred trainer.
His unshakeable desire to succeed at the highest level as a trainer drove me during a long and sometimes difficult journey to the top of the sport, which has propelled him into the top 10 in the Victorian Trainers’ Premiership on numerous occasions.
However, Griffiths Racing has only flourished with the wonderful support of family, friends, staff and clients that have continued to back his vision for more than two decades.
I was born into the game and rode for training greats such as the late Colin Hayes, Bart Cummings, Lee Freedman and other brilliant horsemen, which stood him in good stead and helped me outride his claim within two years. That experience also provided a great springboard for his period in training, which began when I became stable foreman for Tony Vasil in 1991.
A year spent with Tony was a terrific grounding before Robbie was able to observe the best European trainers first-hand to glean further knowledge. Rob was able to use that knowledge from the moment he gained my trainer’s licence in 1991.
Director and trainer Andrew Dale started his career in October 2014, operating from a small training base at the Albury Racecourse in country New South Wales.
Five years on and a host winners later, Andrew has built a reputation as a talented and hardworking trainer, striving for excellence in all aspects of the profession.
Having achieved major success in the Southern Districts region, Andrew is now looking to make his mark in Northern Victoria after relocating to Wangaratta in 2019. he has built a state-of-the-art facility on the beautiful Wangaratta Racecourse.
Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra
Ellerton and Zahra have been a lethal combination on the Melbourne racing scene since teaming up in 2009.
Mat, Simon and the brilliant staff at the Flemington stable have combined for more than 650 wins.
Group 1 successes with Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily and the VRC Oaks star Aristia along with the Booker’s Oakleigh Plate win and Response’s two Group 1 wins are the biggest of the huge number of thrills Ellerton Zahra Racing has provided owners in the last decade.
The Group 1 victories are only part of the Ellerton Zahra Racing success story.
The stable has flourished because the owners are taken on every step on the racing journey. From the moment a horse arrives in the stable, Mat and Simon oversee every stage of its preparation, every gallop, every jumpout and every race are completed under the pair’s watch.
Unlike bigger stables, Mat and Simon– not a stable foreman or assistant trainer while the trainer is hundreds of kilometres away in another state – train every horse and believe communication is a hallmark of a great service to owners.