Tried, tested trainer

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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.

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