At Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, we leave the training strategy to our team of dedicated and professional trainers who are all high achievers and specialists in their fields.
If a key decision has to be made such as contesting an interstate race, paying a large entry fee, gelding or retiring, all owners will be consulted and a decision is reached based on the majority view.
We work with trainers that we class as real horseman, they have history as strappers, jockeys, farriers or breakers before they became trainers. Most importantly they love horses and racing, and it’s no fluke that they are successful in their field.
We provide you with the opportunity to race a horse in partnership with one of these outstanding professional trainers, visit our latest racehorse syndications on offer and enquire today.
Josh has been working with ATB for two years as a pre-trainer at his Bendigo stables.
Born into racing with his Dad Geordie a former jump's jockey and mum Kate a member of the Dwyer family at Warrnambool, Josh has crafted his own niche in racing.
Having trained about 30 winners from small numbers over the past five years, his patience and eye for detail are his biggest traits.
A city winner with Dubai King at Moonee Valley is the undoubted highlight, but wins with others including Clang And Dazzle (4), Six Beat (3), Irksome (2), Falzzon (1), G'Day Blue (1) & Insider's Favourite (1).
Growing up on a farm at Miners Rest, near Ballarat in Central Victoria, Michelle is the youngest daughter of the ten children of Paddy and Mary Payne.
A racing family, a career in the saddle always beckoned for Michelle and she followed seven of her brothers and sisters when she rode in her first competitive race at the age of 15. Riding at Ballarat, Michelle saluted in her first race aboard Reigning – a horse trained by her father.
Nottingham Farm is the training operation of Melbourne Cup winning jockey, Michelle Payne.
Based out of Ballarat, Nottingham Farm consists of day yards and boxes and is very much a New Zealand style set up. Horses need clean air and a tranquil environment in order to absorb the training is set down for each individual horse.
Nottingham Farm exclusively works with only 15 horses in work at any one time. Horses need individual care and attention, and at Nottingham Farm we are only focussed on having Group Class horses. Michelle believes in riding the horses in work herself, giving her first hand knowledge of where the horses are at and what they are capable of doing. Placement is also pivotal in success. It is our job to bring out the potential and performance in the team. Michelle’s experience in riding from a young age and working with stables such as Weir Racing, Moody Racing, Bart Cummings and many others across Australia & New Zealand makes for a leading advantage. Having a horse trained at Nottingham Farm means the horse and owners will get individual attention and great opportunity to win Group Races.
We welcome Michelle Payne to the team at ATB.
Darren Weir (VIC)
Born in Berriwillock, in the Mallee District of Victoria, Darren was raised on the family farm. During this time he worked for various trainers in the area, including Jack Coffey in Birchip and John Castleman in Mildura.
Darren then worked for Colin Hayes at the world-renowned Lindsay Park training complex, and spent a few months working in a stable in Ireland. On returning to Australia, Darren worked at Lindsay Park Stud.
In 1990, Darren moved to Stawell and began working as a farrier, servicing trainers in the Wimmera and Western District areas of Victoria, he then began breaking-in horses for a large state wide client base. Darren obtained his Owner-Trainer License in 1995 and his Full License in 1997.
On relocating to Ballarat in 2001, Darren brought Forest Lodge and completely refurbished it, the facilites are constantly being upgraded to state of the art.
Darren has been leading Country Trainer since 2005 training over 100 winners each season. He is prepared to take horses to the races where they have the best winning chance, demonstrated by a winning strike-rate of close to 25%.
Watch a young Darren Weir with Darren Dance
Matt Cumani (VIC)
Newmarket born and bred, the son of revered English Derby winner, Luca Cumani, and brother to renown racing expert & commentator, Francesca, Matt has racing in his blood.
Matt’s approach seamlessly blends the best of old school horsemanship with his own take on globally-informed techniques and up-to-the-minute industry advancements.
Having made his mark in the frenetic worlds of finance and British politics respectively it wasn’t long before Matt inevitably returned to the very passion he was born to pursue.
Matt boasts ten years of varied and intensive experience under the tutelage of some of the world’s most celebrated trainers, among them, Todd Pletcher, Paddy Gallagher, Chris Waller, Ed Dunlop, and of course, Luca Cumani.
It is this dynamic range of exposure and learned techniques that grants Matt a unique breadth and comprehensive depth unrivalled in the industry. We welcome Matt to the ATB team.
Archie Alexander (VIC)
An exciting new chapter of Archie Alexander's training career commenced on July 1 2014 when Alexander Racing opened its doors in Ballarat.
With the experience gained under Nicky Henderson, Alec Head, Criquette Head-Maarek, Todd Pletcher, Mark Johnston, Aidan O’Brien and Robert Hickmott (with the Lloyd Williams team), Archie now has completed his 'apprenticeship' and is ready to mix the methods he's learned in Europe and Australia to create a winning formula.
In the peaceful surrounds at Ballarat, which Archie believes is ideal for a racehorse, Archie has the confidence in his ability to compete with the best.
Matthew Williams (VIC)
Matthew Williams has been working with horses for the past 20 years, and more formally, training horses for the past 15 years. Located at Wangoom Lodge, Matthew has established an exceptional training complex that accommodates up to 40 horses in training, with an additional agistment property housing up to 40 horses. With the availability of the local beaches, Matthew was initially given the opportunity, through Brian Mayfeild Smith, Quinton Scott, Tony Noonan and Darren Weir to rehabilitate injured horses.
With successful results the business grew to the point where some of the country’s most talented gallopers come to freshen up and rejuvenate before returning for their next racing campaign. Over several years Matthew built a strong working relationship with trainers such as Brian Mayfield-Smith and Colin Little, consistently having many of their top horses in his care.
Over the last few years Matthew has branched out into the training industry in his own right, with a team of around 40 horses in work. Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock have come on board and had many winners since joing the team. Horses like Thundahar, Sera Ceilo, Dashatin, Group winner Uxorious and the duel stakes placed Melbourne Cup Day winning Flying Tessie have given Matthew metropolitan success, with Thundahar taking out the Yarra Glen cup in 2004. Matthew has trained over 100 winners, several being at the Warrnambool May Cup Carnival.
Robbie Griffiths (VIC)
Robbie was fortunate to be born into the Thoroughbred industry and destined to be involved in some way or another. 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. It was as a result of this that Robbie was able to outride his apprentice claim in his first 2 years of riding.
Robbie's transition to Training commenced soon after he became foreman for Tony Vasil. Robbie spent 12 months in this role before spending time overseas observing leading European trainers training techniques. Robbie obtained his trainer’s license in 1991 and has earned the reputation as an innovative and successful trainer by achieving success in Group and Listed races.
Metropolitan success was achieved with the likes of Dandy Kid, (holds the Moonee Valley record for most flat wins at the course), Confederate Kid, Beltrois, not to mention the Group 1 placed Cocinero, Solar Antiquity & Cancanelle. Recent times have see the likes of Danzylum, Avionics, Mr Riggs, Dash to Viz.
Robbie has also won leading Super VOBIS trainer of the year for consecutive years.
Mick Price Trainer (VIC)
Since taking out his license in 1991, Mick Price has firmly established himself as one of the leading racehorse trainers in Australia.
In 2003 Mick trained the trifecta in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview with Halibery, Gaelic Princess and Roedean, while World Peace took out the race for the stable in 2004.
Mick kept his fantastic record with two-year-olds intact by winning both the colts and fillies divisions of the Blue Diamond Preludes in 2005 with Perfectly Ready and Doubting.
In 2007 he continued his stakes winning trend by taking out the Group 1 Underwood Stakes with Rubiscent, the Group 2 Sandown Guineas with Schilling and the Group 3 Sandown Stakes with Gotta Have Heart, just to name a few.
In 2008/2009 the season started off in terrific style with Light Fantastic winning the Group 2 JJ Liston Stakes. The South Yarra Stakes Group 3 was won by Vivacious Spirit. Group 1 New Zealander Alamosa won the Group 1 Toorak Hcp and Damselfly won the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club. In total, Mick won six Group 1 races, five Group 2 events, five Group 3 events and six Listed races for the season among his massive total of 124 winners for the racing year.
The 2009/2010 season saw Mick train his 16th Group 1 winner with Velocitea taking out the Goodwood Handicap.
Group One Blue Diamond success was around the corner in 2011/2012 when a smart filly called Samaready came out and won the Group Three Blue Diamond Preview. The filly then backed up and smashed her rivals in the Group One 2012 Blue Diamond. The More Than Ready filly then went on to complete a winning hat trick taking out the Group Two Reisling Stakes at Rosehill. Other Stakes success throughout this season included multiple wins to Instinction and Malasun.
He gained his license in 1991 and while he enjoyed some early success the big move came in 1996 when he moved into stables at Caulfield that Lee Freedman had previously operated from.
The move to Caulfield saw Price move from a bit part to a big player in the Victorian training ranks. He is now firmly established in the top echelon of trainers not only in Victoria but Australia.
Price has prepared more than 100 winners a season for the past 10 seasons, a position that puts him in rare company.
David Hayes & Tom Debernig (VIC)
From a young age, David followed his dad around constantly in the stables and at the track, observing and learning from him as much as he could. When he was old enough, he served a thorough apprenticeship by helping out in the stables where he experienced every aspect of the business. He spent time with the vets, and farriers, and he rode trackwork, strapped horses and mucked out stables.
David took over the training operation at Lindsay Park at the start of the 1990-91 season at the age of 28, following his fathers retirement. During this first season, David won the Cox Plate (Australia’s G1 weight-for-age championship) with Better Loosen Up, set a world record of six Group winners in a day at Flemington on Derby Day and then won the Japan Cup (the world’s richest race at the time) with Better Loosen Up a month later.
In 1994, he won the Melbourne Cup with imported galloper Jeune (for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum) and by the end of the 1994-95 season, David had won every Melbourne and Adelaide Metropolitan Trainer’s Premiership and racked up an amazing 31 Group One wins.
In 1996, David accepted an invitation to train in the world’s toughest racing environment, Hong Kong. He was an immediate success, winning two Trainer’s Premierships (in the top four in each of his nine seasons) and training 458 winners including the G1 Hong Kong International Sprint (All Thrills Too in 2002) and the G1 Hong Kong Derby (Elegant Fashion in 2003) and 15 other Hong Kong Group Ones.
David returned to Lindsay Park in 2005 and has since secured another two Melbourne Metropolitan Trainer Premierships, three Adelaide Metropolitan Premierships and trained a further 29 Group One winners.
In his 20 year training career, David has trained in excess of 2800 winners, including 78 Group One wins. He has won most of Australia’s major races including the Melbourne Cup (Jeune in 1994), Caulfield Cup (Fraar in 1993 and Tawqeet in 2006), Cox Plate (Better Loosen Up 1990 and Fields of Omagh in 2006) and the Golden Slipper (Miss Finland in 2006).
David is the youngest trainer ever to be inducted when he joined his father Colin in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2008.
Watch Darren Dance as he gets to know David Hayes & Tom Debernig:
Tony Gollan (QLD)
Tony had close ties to the stable run by his father Darryl while he was growing up and he had been a keen follower of form to give his penchant for a punt some hope of success. Despite some words of warning from his dad Tony took out a trainer’s licence when he was 20. He had a team of four horses and the confidence of youth.
His first winner was Carbon Shadow at Clifford Park. Katsidis, by then a close mate as well as doing a lot of riding for Tony, was the jockey when the young Toowoomba trainer secured his first metropolitan winner with Nova Serrure. At that time Tony, aged 22, let his natural ambitious instincts rule his head. He set up a stable in Brisbane and enjoyed some early success and soon had a stable of 14 horses. When advised his visitor’s permit had elapsed Tony made the decision to set up base at the Gold Coast. After six months he headed back to Toowoomba and renewed his close ties to Darryl. He spent the next year soaking knowledge and made very close observations of the way legendary trainer Jim Atkins.
Tony revived his own training business in 2003 and stroke of good fortune gave his return some early momentum. Eureka Stud father-son combination Colin and Scott McAlpine gave him a Special Dane filly which they named Temple Spirit. The filly was a great success on the track, wining eight races. The association with Temple Spirit has continued with Gollan Racing enjoying tremendous success with of the mare’s foal Spirit Of Boom and Temple Of Boom. The latter lifted Tony’s profile on to the big stage when he won a Listed Race at Flemington on Oaks day in 2010. It also whet his appetite for the major carnivals.
Watch Darren Dance as he gets to know Tony Gollan:
Damien Batters (SA)
Damien Batters is a young South Australian based trainer that has demonstrated success with a handful of current or former ATB racehorses that have come his way during the latter part of 2015, early 2016.
Based near the infamous Oakbank racecourse, where he works his horses daily, Damien has won with Already Leica under current ATB ownership as well as having success with former ATB horses in Grand Arrow and Flying Paris formerly trained by Darren Weir and Matthew Williams respectively.
With owners based all around Australia, including South Australia there was a need for a SA based trainer.
Along the lines of our initial association with Darren Weir over 15 years ago, we identified Damien as a very good horseman with the potential to reach great heights as a trainer.
His communication skills are at a very good level, something we pride ourselves on at ATB, and with his willingness to succeed we are very happy to have Damien and his family on board.
Lou Luciani (WA)
Lou Luciani is one of the most experienced horse trainers in WA. He began in the business as an apprentice jockey in 1972 and was granted a Permit to Train in 1980. During that time he rode in races throughout the state before working as a horse breaker and stable foreman.
Since gaining his Permit to Train, Lou has been consistently selecting and training top class horses year after year - sprinters, stayers, two year olds and classic winners. After winning the Metropolitan Trainers Premiership for the first time in 1989, Lou then went on to win another seven Metropolitan Trainers Premierships. He has consistently ranked amongst the top few trainers in WA, and until 2005 held the record for the most winners trained in a season.
Lou has trained the winner of every major metropolitan race in his home state, as well as training Black Type winners in other states of Australia.
Henk Grewe (GER)
A young up and coming trainer in Germany, Henk takes on one of our Internationals with Seismos. Henk himself is no stranger to success rising in ranks as a leading jockey in Germany as well as being an International Gymnast. Henk gained his training licence in August 2014 and tasted his first success with Anaximenes in Cologne that same month. His stable continues to grow with over 90 gallopers to date and has regular success at the track.
Tony Martin (IRE)
A top class amateur rider, Tony Martin has been considered one of the shrewdest trainers in Ireland for well over a decade. Martin has earned a reputation for getting the very best out of his horses, regardless of the level they operate at.
But behind the caricature, and the blunt speaking, there are plenty professionals within racing who rate Martin’s ability to subtly extract the maximum potential out of any horse in terms of the very best there is – flat or jumps. The difference now is in the raw material he gets to work with.
Tony Martin saddled his first ever runner in the 2016 Emirates Melbourne cup at Flemington.
Heartbreak City was inches away from becoming the 3rd Irish trained winner of Australia’s most famous horse race and came into the race after a stunning win in York’s Ebor handicap in August.
Martin himself comes to Australia with a reputation as a smart trainer with an eye to beating the bookmakers.
‘’I think that can be a trainer’s job,’’ Martin said. ‘’It’s whatever owners want. Some owners just want their horse to run every other day and are not interested in the gambling.
‘’But most of my crew like a little punt.’’
The County Meath handler was proud in defeat after the six-year-old gelding, winner of the Ebor at York in the summer, came so close in the big race at Flemington.
But Martin now wants to attempt to go one place better in 2017 with a horse who did brilliantly well to even get in contention from a wide draw in stall 23.
Mick Kent (VIC)
In 1995, Michael Kent was snapping at the heels of the hallowed names on the Melbourne trainer's premiership list. He won the Victorian mid-week trainer's premiership for the 1993/94 season and in 1994/95, he won the VOBIS trainer's Premiership and became the youngest ever top 5 trainer in Melbourne.
During this period, he trained numerous Group 1 and Group 2 winners. Kent, along with Lee Freedman, was then considered the man most likely to replace the Hayes name at the top of the premiership.
As it turned out, Lee Freedman went on to claim the 1996-1997 premiership while Kent - motivated by a sense of adventure and the desire to secure his financial future - headed to Asia and was granted a trainer's licence by the Singapore Turf Club. In his first season he was the leading MRA trainer by strike rate and in the following season finished second in the MRA trainer's premiership and then finished second in the Singapore trainer's premiership for the 2000 season.
Success has continued unabated since his return - against the backdrop of reestablishing himself in what may well be the toughest training arena anywhere in the world.