Warwick and Purdon a strong team
Leading reinsman Ryan Warwick’s affinity with the Golden Mile Trotting Club continues tonight in four key drives for Perth trainer Greg Bond.
Bond’s stable foreman Warwick will split the driving duties, across eight runners, with Nathan Purdon.
They proved a formidable combination during last month’s annual carnival and have a drive apiece in races 4, 5 and 6.
Twenty years after he took his first drive, Warwick, 37, is a busy man at the helm of a large Bond stable.
It calls for daily starts of 4am, but he relishes the challenge of running a tight ship.
“I’ve been with Bondy probably three years now and at the start, it was 30 horses,” he said.
“Right now, we’ve got 56 but he (Bond) has since put in a fast work track of nearly 1100m.
“He used to have a maintenance man, but he’s moved on, so I do a bit of everything else, too — the curating, fencing, checking the sprinklers and whatever else.
“But I prefer to start early, especially with so many horses, other- wise you just don’t get them done.”
Warwick has fond memories of cutting his teeth at the GMTC.
“Bondy lived there (in Kalgoorlie-Boulder) and it’s his idea to get up as often as possible,” he said.
“One of his big things is to win a Kalgoorlie Cup, which he hasn’t done yet.
“For me, when I first kicked off, I was with Peter Fairless in Southern Cross and the first 12 months was driving in Kalgoorlie, so I really enjoy getting back there.”
Driver Ryan Warwick.