WHAT GOES INTO GETTING A HORSE RACE TRACK READY
On the Thangool race track
DAMIEN Rideout was born into the racing game.
His father was a trainer and horse owner and so too was his grandfather.
The Thangool local is no exception, having owned and trained racehorses that have run on the Thangool race club track over the last 10 years.
This year Damien has no starts in the Thangool Cup but said he may just barrier trial a few of his horses for fitness on the day.
“The Cup is our biggest meet of the year and everyone likes to have a runner on cup day,” he said.
“Unfortunately we won’t have one this year because mine all started during the week, I had two in Rocky and two in Bundy.
“So I haven’t got anything suitable for the cup but it has always been good to have a runner.”
Being associated with the Thangool Race Club for 10 years, Damien has had horses run close seconds in the cup but has not secured any firsts.
“I haven’t had a runner in the Thangool cup as a trainer but as an owner I certainly have,” he said.
“I am looking forward to the race day but only as a spectator this year.
“Hopefully next year it
will be as a trainer.”
Damien said a lot of work went into preparing a horse for a race day.
“I work mine every day of the week except Sundays,” he said.
“We start training at about 6.30 in the morning, because it is only a hobby for me, and then I work them for two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon.”
All up Damien currently
works eight horses.
“I am the only Rideout that is left training in the family now,” he said.
“My father and uncle and grandfather used to train but now I am training for my father so we are keeping it going in the family.
“My grandfather was president of the race club for a number of years,” Damien said.
“The main building is named after him, the A.H Rideout building.”
HORSING AROUND: Damien Rideout has been training horses for as long as he can remember.