Kim Waugh’s Long-term Plan Comes to Fruition
Long-term Plan Comes to Fruition
Kim Waugh is reaping the rewards of a long-term plan that has enabled her to establish a unique training operation at Wyong.
Wyong-based trainer Kim Waugh has taken her hands-on approach to a new level and rarely are any of her growing team of gallopers ever out of her sight. A tailor-made property on the outskirts of Wyong, just seven minutes from the track, provides spelling and pre-training for the horses and is the key to her rising success. In 2017/2018 Kim is set to surpass her best season ever and puts the increasing number of winners down to her personal approach. She said, “Not a lot of people have the opportunity to be able to pre-train and spell their own horses and then have the track so close by as well. It’s just working well. I always have my eye on them. “I can bring them home and they can have a few days out in the paddock before they race, just a few days on the treadmill and I know that’s exactly what they are doing. I’m not sending them anywhere else. That’s the beauty of having the farm and that was our plan all along.” Kim is certainly coming under notice with her impressive training statistics this season placing her among the top trainers in both Metropolitan and Provincial circles. She has a handy lead in the Wyong Premiership and while conceding these achievements look good on her CV, they aren’t her main goal. She said, ““Premierships don’t mean a lot to me. We’ve had 40 something winners so far this season and my main aim is to win as much prizemoney as I can for my owners. We earnt $1.5 million last year which was a great result. “This has been a very good season so far and we have some really nice horses. We knew 12 months ago they were going to be good and now they have started to race they are winning, some at their first start or even first two.
“The last three or four years have been pretty good really, but I think a lot of it comes down to not only having better quality horses but having the farm. “We’ve been here just over four years now and the horses all spell with me, pre-train with me, and they never really leave my sight and that’s been a big asset.”
Kim’s plan when she moved from Rosehill 11 years ago, was to establish a state-of-the-art spelling and pre-training facility, but it didn’t happen overnight. “Originally when we moved up here we were only on a few
acres and we sort of thought we wanted more acreage, so we could spell all our own horses,” she said.
“The next couple of years we spent looking at properties trying to find the right one, but we didn’t want it to be half an hour in the valley, we wanted it to be real handy, so it took us a while to find something that was perfect for what we needed. “We have something special here and we designed all the paddocks and shelters ourselves and built it all from scratch, so it is fantastic.
“The last couple of years we slowly built up. At Rosehill I only ever had around 15 or 16 in work and then we came up here and I had a barn of 20, so that was the maximum I could ever have. Since we obtained this property it has ended up growing more horses. We now have 29 in work at the track, then we always have five or six at home getting ready to come in. It’s good but I wouldn’t mind a few more boxes at the track. It would be nice to have more to keep it all flowing. That way if they need to come in they can come straight in, but we are slowly working on that.” Among Kim’s team of winners this season is Our Century, who she purchased off Lloyd Williams, tasting success at only his second start for the stable when he took out the Listed Lord Mayors Cup at Rosehill. Goathland, another former Williams galloper, won at his first start for Kim in the ANZAC Cup at Randwick. An impressive string of well-bred younger horses complements the team, ensuring Kim’s star will continue to rise. Kim continued, “It doesn’t matter how good you are if you only have a small team, you can only be noticed so much, but I have more horses now, better quality and having the farm I think it is just all working really well. “I’ve never had a stack of horses in work, but I’ve had some fantastic owners that have been with me for 15 years and they are just so loyal, I want to give them the best results I can. When you get more horses and better-bred ones, the chances of winning are greater and fortunately we are getting good results. It’s definitely rewarding because it is such hard work.” With more horses in the stable Kim has had to look to a childhood friend for support, with Robyn Hartley recently joining the stable as Kim’s Racing Manager. “She’s knows her job and she’s very good at it. Because I have the farm as well, there is so much work for me to keep up to date, with reports and everything. I just needed someone to help me do these sorts of things. It’s been a nice relief.”
Kim Waugh’s long-term plan has come to fruition and there is little doubt her star is on the rise with bigger wins on the horizon.
Opposite: Kim Waugh with Brenton Avdulla after Uptown Lad had won at Rosehill Gardens: “My main aim is to win as much prizemoney as I can for my owners”
Kim Waugh with husband Mark