Kim Waugh’s Long-term Plan Comes to Fruition

Long-term Plan Comes to Fruition

Ladies in Racing - - Contents - Story by Frances O’shea • Im­ages by Bradley Pho­tog­ra­phers

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

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