Noble makes tough decision to close
breeding bloodstock portfolio.
And while the decision to relocate to the Lindsays’ state-ofthe-art property at Karaka has indeed come as a surprise, those who understand the dynamics of the training business can well appreciate where Lance and his wife Leigh are coming from.
‘‘The offer that Brendan and Jo have made secures our future and I’m looking forward to training a quality team without the anxiety of paying our bills and keeping the whole thing going,’’ says Lance.
‘‘The hardest part was telling our staff and all the wonderful clients who have been such a part of our success to date. Our owners and our staff have one thing in common – tremendous loyalty – and it’s going to be a wrench when the day comes.
‘‘Matamata has also been a huge part of both of our lives. It began here for me 30 years ago when I came up from Wellington to take a job as a stablehand with Jim Gibbs and it’s been my training base from the time I was first licensed.’’
That sums up the conundrum of all that goes with running your own business and the satisfaction derived from personal success, as against an alternative model as offered by Lindsay Racing.
The factor that underlines the challenges inherent in training is that Easdon Lodge has been one of the country’s most successful operations over the past decade. Lance’s career total of 400-plus wins and more than 250 since going solo 15 years ago are telling statistics, along with headline acts such as triple Group Onewinning racemare Viadana – bought as a yearling for $25,000 and a shining example of the wonders of racehorse syndication.
Departure from Matamata has been no bar to continuing success for one of Matamata’s very best trainers of recent times, Mark Walker, who has just added a Singapore premiership to the five achieved while at the helm of Te Akau Racing.
Two further wins in the Te Akau colours at Kranji in Sunday completed Mark’s 2015 Singapore season with a tally of 86.
Match that up with a domestic premiership lead built this season by Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards and it would be fair to say the operation is making every post a winner.
Another impressive win at Awapuni last Saturday by the Autridge-Richards-trained Shillelagh – her third from as many starts – took the stable tally to 42 wins and less than $10,000 from cracking the $1 million barrier.
Shillelagh was one of three Matamata-trained winners at Awapuni, with the others – Watch This Space and Dezignator – both from the Wayne Hillis-Shaun Kesner team and carrying the colours of stable stalwart Emma Evans.
Lance Noble will be missed in Matamata training ranks.