Tried, tested trainer
At the age of 15, Berrigan horse trainer Emma Steel knew her career was in racing.
She left school to work as a stablehand and trackwork rider for prominent Geelong trainer Kelvin Bourke.
Valuable knowledge was gained in those early years, and she continued to expand her horse skills by taking up positions with Mark Young and Mark Bairstow, also based at Geelong.
In Perth she worked for trainer JJ Miller before heading back to Geelong to head up the satellite stables for Charlie Goggin.
After spending more than three years as foreman at Charlie’s stables, Emma secured her own licence and started building her own team.
It was less than a year later she scored her first metropolitan win with Annie’s Quest, who was formerly trained by Rick HoreLacy.
Her new stables at Freshwater Creek began to flourish with 15 winners from her first three seasons, all from a small but happy team of horses.
After a short break and a change of scenery, Emma resumed training in 2009 at Berrigan Racecourse where she now has 15 boxes.
Emma and team have had great success over the last six years winning two metropolitan races at Flemington and Moonee Valley with stable star It’s Poets Day who retired earlier this year with a brilliant win at Bendigo.
She’s also trained horses to two Berrigan cups, a Deniliquin cup and numerous other wins.
Her selection of horses has yielded some excellent results with the likes of Oompa (purchased for $14,000, a winner of over $100,000), Sir Walter (purchased for $11,500, a winner of over $180,000) and most recently It’s Poets Day (purchased for $50,000 and a winner of over $250,000).
Platinum Circle is being prepared to line up for this year’s Berrigan Gold Cup, to be held October 28.
Emma enjoys taking on tried horses that may need a change of scenery and giving them a new opportunity to shine under her care.
She is willing to travel her horses to ensure they are placed in races to achieve at their best.
Call Emma on 0418 361 363 for more information.