The Longmire Twins Emma and Lucy

Emma & Lucy

Ladies in Racing - - Contents - Story by Scott Wheeler

It will be re­mem­bered as one of the cold­est race days in my mem­ory as Goul­burn threw out a clas­sic win­ters day that had every­body talk­ing about when the snow was go­ing to fall. This is what I love about this beau­ti­ful in­dus­try, it at­tracts pas­sion­ate and ded­i­cated peo­ple look­ing to cel­e­brate th­ese in­spir­ing an­i­mals we call horses.

Iwas here to meet the Longmire twins Emma and Lucy who have de­vel­oped a re­la­tion­ship that goes fur­ther than be­ing twin sis­ters who shared the same womb as they em­bark on their Twin­star part­ner­ship. Goul­burn was quickly es­tab­lished in the mid 1800s and the wool in­dus­try was the fire that brought peo­ple from far and wide to build the first recog­nised in­land city. The Big Merino is iconic for tourists but for rac­ing en­thu­si­asts we come here for the com­pet­i­tive thor­ough­bred horse rac­ing.

It was a busy day as al­ways for the Goul­burn Dis­trict Race Club as they pre­pared them­selves for an­other meet­ing that at­tracts some of the big­gest names of rac­ing. The close prox­im­ity to the city and lu­cra­tive coun­try prize­money gives plenty of in­cen­tive to travel the 195km south in search of an $11,000 pay day and with the trav­ellers be­ing greeted with a close to zero air tem­per­a­ture they def­i­nitely earned it. I met Emma first who was un­af­fected by the en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges and greeted me with a warm smile. I had heard glow­ing re­ports from peo­ple work closely with the Longmire sis­ters and they all would agree that you couldn’t find two hap­pier peo­ple in rac­ing. Emma and Lucy had a large rep­re­sen­ta­tion from their sta­ble on track that day and their pro­fes­sion­al­ism was on show as they did what train­ers do best, show­case fit and ready race horses. The own­ers were happy and although the re­sults didn’t see them grace the win­ners stall the ex­pe­ri­ence will be re­mem­bered fondly as the horses headed back to the stall and all re­flect on the race just run.

The Longmire blood line is heav­ily in­grained in the rac­ing in­dus­try with links to the Moses broth­ers of Ar­row­field Stud, Fred and Wil­liam. They

were the pi­o­neers of breed­ing top class thor­ough­breds in the Up­per Hunter and were put on the map for pro­duc­ing the five-time Aus­tralian sire cham­pion Valious as well as 1920 Mel­bourne Cup win­ner Poitrel. When you speak with the Longmire sis­ters you can see their love for the stayer and suc­cess has come over ground at the early stages of their train­ing ca­reers. Horses like Thun­der Road and New­town Blue­bag are the stars of the sta­ble and the city and coun­try cups will be on the radar for th­ese as the spring ap­proaches with haste. New­town Blue­bag has a pretty big wrap from the sta­ble and the 5YO Lope De Vega geld­ing will look to re­ally step up af­ter win­ning the TAB High­way last prepa­ra­tion over the mile. Lucy stated that he will look for fur­ther over the spring car­ni­val with the listed stay­ing events be­ing the tar­get for bring­ing out the best in him. The big ques­tion in any train­ing part­ner­ship is who plays the pre­dom­i­nant role. We have seen some dy­namic com­bi­na­tions over the years with the Hawkes fam­ily, Bart and James Cum­mings and more re­cently An­thony and Ed­ward Cum­mings and the fa­ther and son pow­er­house of Peter and Paul Snow­den. They all suc­ceed with co­he­sion, co­op­er­a­tion and more im­por­tantly a point of dif­fer­ence that sep­a­rates them from the pack. Emma and Lucy learnt the trade in­di­vid­u­ally and af­ter be­ing men­tored by the likes of Guy Wal­ter and Graeme Spack­man, re­turned to Goul­burn to be­gin their Twin­star part­ner­ship. In re­gards to the dy­namic at Twin­star the fam­ily de­mands can in­flu­ence the hours that each can ded­i­cate to train­ing. As young moth­ers work­ing in an en­vi­ron­ment that con­sists of long hours and loads of travel you need to be able to switch roles and re­main 100% ef­fec­tive through­out. Emma has a lot of in­flu­ence at ground level for now at­tend­ing race days and en­sur­ing that the equine ath­letes are ready to go for a 6am open­ing of the track. Lucy has re­cently brought an­other ad­di­tion into the midst and en­sur­ing the Longmire chil­dren are well di­rected in the hus­tle and bus­tle of the morn­ing rou­tine is gen­er­ally her re­spon­si­bil­ity. My first phone con­ver­sa­tion with Emma was quite en­ter­tain­ing as she ob­vi­ously was com­pet­ing with the school rush and the de­mands of be­ing a trainer in this fast-talk­ing busi­ness. Poise, mul­ti­task­ing and pas­sion is re­quired as she ex­e­cuted this beau­ti­fully nav­i­gat­ing our path­way to and from school with a stop at the shops and feed­ing the neigh­bours dog. They live in neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties that house the horses and fam­ily and this gives Twin­star the ad­van­tage of know­ing that you will al­ways have fam­ily in your cor­ner. The rac­ing man­ager for Twin­star Rac­ing is Mitch Man­ners who plays a ma­jor role in en­sur­ing that the com­mu­ni­ca­tion is top qual­ity and the train­ers are well sup­ported. The re­spected race caller was the third re­cip­i­ent of the John Tapp Schol­ar­ship and his in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence has been in­valu­able as the sta­ble grows and de­mands of the owner base in­crease. The fu­ture looks bright for the sta­ble and th­ese ladies of rac­ing won’t be go­ing any­where soon. It is a tight knit com­mu­nity and the train­ers have cre­ated a har­mo­nious en­vi­ron­ment that fos­ters suc­cess and with this brings at­ten­tion for ev­ery­one. Emma and Lucy moved to Goul­burn when they were 10 and with the ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the city why would you want to

Seachange at Hast­ings train any­where else.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.