WHAT GOES INTO GET­TING A HORSE RACE TRACK READY

On the Than­g­ool race track

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

PHOTO: ZHANAE CON­WAY-DODD

HORSING AROUND: Damien Ride­out has been train­ing horses for as long as he can re­mem­ber.

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