Below is a list of our trainers.
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.
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. Pat currently trains Influential Miss (recent Flemington winner on Cup Day 2010), as well as promising Mining Magnate and will soon take over the reins of our 2YO Elvstroem-Empower Colt.
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.
Mitch Beer and Max Hinton
Mitchell 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 Russell Cameron, also at Flemington.
The experience gained with the Flemington outfits served Mitchell 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.
Mitchell 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.
Mitchell gained his trainers’ licence in November 2015 before forming the partnership with Max Hinton soon after.
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.
Having seen first hand the growing level of professionalism needed to run a city stable, Lloyd embarked on a Business Management Course at TAFE SA and completed his studies with great commendation from his tutors which set him in great stead to run his own business.
In late 2003 Lloyd applied for his training licence and made history as the youngest recipient of a licence in South Australia at age 21. He trained his first winner soon after when Treasure Time scored at Cheltenham in February 2004.
Since that win Lloyd has racked up many more and has become a regular face in the winners stall at Morphettville as well as the provincial circuit and also in Melbourne where the likes of Rialya, El Magico, and The Black Rod have raced with success in recent years.
Lloyd has learnt much from his father Gary and his tutelage has seen Lloyd become a fixture in the top 10 trainers list in South Australia with a strike rate of around 17% putting him in the top five in the state in the past couple of seasons.
With an eye for a yearling, a terrific winning record, and knowledge beyond his years, the future is bright for Lloyd Kennewell.
Griffiths Racing Stable has been Robbie’s life and passion for 20 years. Prior to this he was busy establishing himself as a jockey before weight issues forced an early retirement. He completed a successful apprenticeship as a jockey riding in excess of 250 winners both on metropolitan and provincial racetracks and included riding for the likes of the Late Colin Hayes, Bart Cummings, Lee Freedman and other leading trainers of that time.
His transition to Training commenced soon after, becoming stable foreman for Caulfield Trainer Tony Vasil. Robbie spent the next 12 months in this role before spending time overseas where he was able to observe leading European trainers training techniques. Robbie obtained his trainer’s license in 1991 setting up at his current Cranbourne base.
Robbie has taken great pride in not only establishing himself on the metropolitan circuit but has continued to support South Gippsland Tracks, being awarded South Gippsland Trainer of the year on 4 occasions. He has also finished in the top 10 on the Victorian Trainers Premiership for several years running and won Super Vobis trainer of the year on two occasions.
Robbie’s success has been achieved with the likes of Dandy Kid, (who holds the Moonee Valley record for most flat wins at that racecourse), Confederate Kid, Beltrois, Danzylum, Its Prince, Count to Zero, as well as the Group 1 placed Cocinero, Solar Antiquity & Cancanelle. Recent times have seen the likes of Avionics, Mr Riggs, Dash for Viz, and others represent the stable in the winner’s circle.
A perfectionist by nature with a genuine love of horses, Robbie’s success can be attributed to leaving no stone unturned to get the best out of each and every horse and being able to place horses where they are able to perform to their best.