Below is a list of our trainers.
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.
Tony Vasil is a former successful jockey, with 3,500 rides to his credit. Increasing weight however, led him to take up training and he has not looked back since.
Tony has built a fine reputation in the industry, not just for his consistently impressive strike rate over the years, but for his knowledge and approach to training. He has never been afraid to travel, if that is what is best for the horse, and has a very good eye when it comes to selection of young racing talent. He brings a tremendous strike rate of starters to black type returns and gets maximum results from limited numbers.
Based at Caulfield under the Aquanita banner, Tony achieved international success with the Caulfield Cup Winner ELVSTROEM, also winning the Duty Free in Dubai in 2005. Tony's other success stories include HARADASUN, SUPER ELEGANT, ZAZZMAN and UNDER THE BRIDGE to name only a few. Tony currently trains our 5YO Gelding, Skystreamer, for Clanbrooke.
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 2008, Trent became stable foreman for Tony Vasil and Aquanita at Caulfield. Trent currently trains Ballarat `Horse of the Year’ and 3 time winner `Mayneda Strategy’ for Clanbrooke, as well as recently acquired and first start winner for Trent `Veiled.’ The Pennuto-Clanbrooke combination has a perfect record to date with over 10 years and a myriad of horses under our belt. It certainly is a terrific Partnership.
Brian Cox is Victoria’s foremost trainer of winners and previous `Victorian Country Trainer of the Year’. From his stables at Wodonga, Brian has achieved rising status in his ability to place his horses to winning advantage. Brian’s horses travel all over the state and he is a regular visitor to the City tracks where his hit-rate is equal to any of the metropolitan trainers. Brian has enjoyed recent success with Black type city winner Berringama.
Brian currently trains Foot on the Till as well as This Cat’s Magic for Clanbrooke. Previous successful partnerships between Clanbrooke and Brian have included Gala Evening (6 wins), Jack Be It (5 wins), Fine Way (4 wins), Sweetly So (2 wins), Jumping Jane (1 win), Lanie Lass (1 win) and Spin and Miss (1 win).
After a highly successful and fulfilling career as a professional jockey, Pat Hyland and wife Maree, searched for a location close to all metropolitan tracks, with a natural environment capable of building all the modern facilities of a professional training complex - Pyingerra Park was established and now 16 years later, Pat has created amazing success as a professional horse trainer.
Throughout what is considered a short training career to date, Pat has trained six Group 1 winners, twelve Group 2 winners and over 10 Group 3 winners, Listed races, Grand National Hurdle and Steeple and Country Cups combined.
Pats hands on approach, working daily in the stable and riding trackwork each morning enables him to assess each horse in the stable and it's campaigns progress personally, drawing on over 40 years experience and skills - something that no other horse trainer can claim.
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.
Patrick took to the saddle at a very early age and at 14 years he had his first race ride. He was the first son born amongst a family of eleven and followed in the footsteps of his father Paddy.
Patrick rode successfully throughout Australia and overseas with stints in Hong Kong. Amongst many feature wins, the highlight of his riding career was his victory in the 2002 Cox Plate on Northerly.
Increasing weight enforced a premature retirement from the saddle and Patrick chose to embark on a training career. He was granted a trainer’s licence in 2008 and since then has been quietly building a strong team out at Plumpton in Melbourne's West.
Patrick prefers to keep his stable number to around 20, allowing him a hands on approach to training his charges and his success to date include group and listed winners throughout Australia with a training quinella in the 2010 G2 Adelaide cup the highlight. In the 2010/11 Victorian season, success came with jumps horses which saw Patrick achieve an unprecedented winning strike-rate.
A regular at the major yearling sales throughout Australia, Patrick is always on the lookout for a new addition and has had good success with his younger horses. Purchasing tried horses - as well as exporting horses to Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore - is also frequently on the agenda.
Patrick takes a hands-on approach to training and is known for his patience. Clanbrooke welcomes Patrick to the team.
An experienced horseman, Mark Minervini has been involved in the horse industry for 27 years and has trained professionally from Morphettville in South Australia since 1993. In that time he has won over 200 metropolitan races in both Adelaide and Melbourne including eight stakes winners. In 2002, Mark won two races during Melbourne Cup week at Flemington with RED LABELLE in the Cadbury Roses Stakes and SURE BET in the 927 Sprint. Some other horses Mark has trained that may be familiar include Vicksburg, Savage Attack, MR SANDS and Dizzy De Lago.
Clanbrooke’s association with Mark began in 2006 with a horse we named `Scrubby Creek.’ A first start winner, this was to be the first of many successful partnerships over the past five years. Mark took a break from the world of racing for six months 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.
Brian Jenkins is well known as 1998 Melbourne Cup winning trainer of JEZABEEL. Boasting an imposing record when training in New Zealand, Brian trained Group Winners STARDANE, DR GREEN, TRIASSIC and Melbourne Cup winner, JEZABEEL. Brian was also responsible for the pre-training of Group winners PERLIN, JADE ESSENCE and WINDWINNER. Brian won the Wonganui Guineas twice with STARDANE and DR GREEN and although renowned as a trainer of stayers, it should be noted that JEZABEEL also won Black Type as a 2YO in the Champagne Stakes. JEZABEEL also remains the only horse to have won the Auckland Cup - Melbourne Cup double.
Relocating to Australia almost 5 years ago, Brian tasted early success from his base at Riverend Park with Green Birdie, Bird Dancer and Desert Master. Brian has, more recently, relocated to his own purpose-built training complex at Cranbourne where he trains an impressive band of runners for Clanbrooke including recent Bairnsdale Cup winner Allanthus, as well as Rescheduled, Devil’s Mountain and the unraced Secured and Star of Pisa.
Danielle spent many years working for Barry and his father Theo Howe, riding trackwork, strapping on race day and, at 16, became Barry's foremen, taking control of the stable whilst Barry was overseas. Barry's two best horses throughout that period were My Fraarlein winner of 8 races, 3d. TROA Stks [G3] and Jayemzed, a winner of 5 from 16 and 2d. in the Anniv. Vase [LR] which turned out to be his last start before being retired to stud due to injury.
Barry was the biggest influence on Danielle's horsemanship, offering up his extensive knowledge and experience to her. He is still a part of the team today and is always around to offer his opinion or assistance.
As Barry's operation started winding down, Danielle also worked part time for Alex McPherson at Dennistoun Park. At 17, she decided to take a trip to New Zealand to work for Mark Donoghue who was training at Matamata. Mark was a great influence on Danielle's horsemanship and offered extensive knowledge to her as she absorbed the information that Mark offered from his time as travelling foreman for Ireland’s leading trainer, Aiden O'Brien. She returned again to Mark's 18 months later after finishing year 12, for a short stint.
After year 12 Danielle took up part time work with Tony Noonan and Pat Carey. She worked there whilst also undertaking a Bachelor of Physical Education at Deakin University. Both Tony and Pat's stables were a great learning opportunity for Danielle and she walked away with great knowledge and inspiration, moving forward into her own training career. Pat and his wife Cheryl, in particular, was and remains a great wealth of knowledge, providing Danielle with both advice and support in the pursuit of her own training career.
In 2010 Danielle and her partner, Peter, started `Evolution Thoroughbreds,’ their vision to make owning racehorses both fun and inclusive. Peter enjoyed success as a part owner in Arapaho Miss, winner of the Crown Oaks in 2007, and wanted more people to experience the great highs he felt during her racing career. Together, Danielle and Peter run the business and work well as a team.
Danielle prides herself on her ability to connect with a horse, to get inside their minds and truly understand them. She is very hands-on with her horses and uses numerous approaches to get the best out of them. Her main goal is to make the horse happy, with a belief that the rest then follows. Danielle also strives to treat each horse as an individual with different needs, rather than just a number, and also strives to meet owners’ individual requirements.