Trainer moves across Tas­man

Waipa Post - - The Country - By COLIN THORSEN

Tal­ented Te Awa­mutu trainer Joe Wal­dron is set to re­lo­cate to Vic­to­ria at the end of the month.

The 26 year old has made a favourable im­pres­sion in his 18 months train­ing in his own right, send­ing out seven win­ners from his small team, while en­joy­ing good suc­cess re­ju­ve­nat­ing older tried gal­lop­ers.

Wal­dron, who has worked full-time with horses since he was 17, was in the New Zealand High Per­for­mance Event­ing Squad be­fore switch­ing his fo­cus to thor­ough­bred rac­ing.

He rode track­work for Mur­ray Baker and An­drew Fors­man and took a full-time role as trav­el­ling fore­man for the cham­pion train­ers in 2015, look­ing af­ter the likes of Mon­go­lian Khan, Turn Me Loose, Jon Snow and Bon­neval.

“I’ve had a fan­tas­tic start to my train­ing ca­reer and been for­tu­nate to have strong sup­port from some great own­ers,” Wal­dron said.

“It has been hard work, but I’ve built up a great client base and ob­vi­ously a lot of luck is in­volved. We’ve been able to find a cou­ple of cheap older horses that we’ve been able to patch to­gether and get a few good re­sults out of.”

Wal­dron will move into sta­bles at Morn­ing­ton and will grad­u­ally build up his team of staff and horses but has been de­lighted with the re­sponse of his own­ers.

“Prob­a­bly 90 per cent of the horses in the sta­ble are owned by Mel­bourne or Syd­ney-based clients and a lot of them had ex­pressed in­ter­est in hav­ing their horses in work in Aus­tralia to take ad­van­tage of the bet­ter prize­money,” Wal­dron said.

“We’ve se­cured 40 boxes at Morn­ing­ton, which is about an hour out of Mel­bourne. It’s a lovely sta­ble block about 300m from the course which is a per­fect lo­ca­tion. We’ve got ac­cess to a wa­ter walker and we’re only 10 min­utes from the beach, so it will give the horses plenty of va­ri­ety in their train­ing.”

Wal­dron said the prox­im­ity of Morn­ing­ton to other prom­i­nent pro­vin­cial and met­ro­pol­i­tan cour­ses meant it was an ideal base.

“We looked at a few places, but the train­ing fa­cil­i­ties at Morn­ing­ton are top class and not be­ing too far out of the city was im­por­tant,” Wal­dron said.

The tal­ented horse­man will have some qual­ity stock to work with as he joins the com­pet­i­tive Aus­tralian train­ing ranks.

“Prob­a­bly the head­line act will be Mis­sion Hill, who we’ve had for a touch over six weeks,” Wal­dron said.

“He’s not far off a trial or a jump-out. He had a pretty busy three-year-old cam­paign, with the Derby here and in Aus­tralia. The own­ers were keen to give him a rel­a­tively light spring and aim to­wards Syd­ney in the au­tumn.

“We’ve picked out a race like the Vil­liers (Gr.2, 1600m) that could be a good late spring or early sum­mer tar­get and then we can fo­cus on the au­tumn.

“I’ll bring over Princess Dil­lon and if she con­tin­ues on an up­ward spi­ral she could head to­wards a race like the Ade­laide Cup (Gr.2, 3200m).

“Weather With You is also com­ing over. He will have a light spring and aim to­wards a big au­tumn.”

Wal­dron will also have pro­gres­sive four-year-old Fly­ing Feet come over at a later stage.

“To have a cou­ple of horses that are prob­a­bly up to city class is go­ing to be a huge ben­e­fit to the sta­ble if we can get a re­sult or two rel­a­tively early in the piece.”

Wal­dron said he was still in the throes of or­gan­is­ing his staff.

“There has ac­tu­ally been quite a bit of in­ter­est from some younger peo­ple here in New Zealand who are keen to ex­pe­ri­ence Aus­tralia, so hope­fully once we’re set-up over there a few of them will come over,” he said.

While Wal­dron is not ex­pect­ing to have run­ners un­til sum­mer, he said there was a pre­cur­sor of things to come.

“I’ve nom­i­nated a three-yearold filly called It’s The One Thing for the VRC Oaks (Gr.1, 2500m).

“She’s still a maiden and it might come around a bit too soon, but she looks like a nice stay­ing type and if she can break her maiden in New Zealand in the next week or 10 days, then she might head over and have a crack at a cou­ple of the three­year-old fil­lies races like the Ethe­real (Gr.3, 2000m) or the Wake­ful (Gr.2, 2000m) and see if she can earn a place in the Oaks.

“If she does, she will be the first of mine to get to the races over there, but I don’t ex­pect to have many run­ners un­til sum­mer.

“At this stage the fo­cus is on get­ting a hand­ful over there to start off with and build­ing a team of staff. You’re only as good as the team you’ve got around you.”

Wal­dron is look­ing for­ward to be­ing reac­quainted with the Aus­tralian rac­ing scene.

“At one point dur­ing a 12-month pe­riod I spent nine months in Aus­tralia for Mur­ray and An­drew, based in Syd­ney, the Gold Coast and in Mel­bourne. Whether it be jock­eys, train­ers or ad­min­is­tra­tors, ev­ery­one is so pro­fes­sional there. It is no sur­prise that rac­ing there is go­ing from strength to strength and this is a great op­por­tu­nity.

“I have a lot of friends and con­nec­tions in Aus­tralia, so I am sure there will be plenty of ears to chew for ad­vice.”

Photo / sup­plied

Joe Wal­dron, with Ready To Ro­mance, is soon to make the move from his cur­rent sta­bles at Te Awa­mutu Race­course to Vic­to­ria.

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