Dan Morton commenced as a trainer in 2003 and is now firmly established as one of the leading racing stables in WA. He's a highly regarded Group 1 winning trainer, having achieved success in some of the most prestigious races not only throughout Australia, but also overseas too.
Working closely with each horse and with his background as a professional jockey, Dan often rides trackwork in their preparation, giving him an advantage of knowing where horses are at heading into a race. Together, Dan and his father Len have over 50 years of experience in the racing industry and lead a dedicated and talented team who bring their ‘best of breed’ skills, knowledge and love of horses from many countries around the world.
Morton Racing’s success is very much attributed to the family contribution. Dan’s immediate family, wife Carol, son Luke and daughter, Meghan are all involved in the business and have been since he stepped up to take over the reigns from Len.
Dan attributes his success not only to family, but also to his loyal band of staff headed up by stable foreman, Vince Collica. He thoughtfully hand picks exceptional staff with the same passion and drive and it is very much a team effort amongst the Morton team.
Dan and Len both possess a keen eye to find a good horse. Stable stars, Scenic Shot, Scenic Blast, Man Booker and Dainty Tess, amongst others, were all purchased through the same thorough process they go through with every horse, which includes examining everything from the pedigree to inspecting the yearlings.
Morton Racing are renowned for their ability to travel horses, not just to the major race carnivals throughout Australia, but also internationally. Len is the pioneer in travelling horses with care and attention and knowing which horse to travel, and through working with his father, Dan gained his valuable experience and knowledge along the way.
Dan now travels horses with an impressive track record and is hands on all the way to ensure the absolute safety and well being of every horse.
Sensational campaigns interstate and across the world, including triumph at the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting in England, come down to the rigorous attention to detail. Morton Racing’s dedicated team leave no stone unturned in each horse’s day to day training needs and this is what has cemented Morton Racing as a leading racing team in Western Australia. You'll be giving yourself every possible chance of success when you share in the ownership of a horse trained by Dan Morton...
Stephen Gray has been one of the most successful trainers in Singapore for near on two decades now. If you want to give your horse every possible chance of success in Singapore, then go racing ‘The Gray Way’!
A former trainer in New Zealand, Stephen trained there with his Father Kevin for many years with the pair consistently amongst the Top 10 in the premiership. With a solid background and plenty of success behind him, Stephen looked overseas for a bigger and better opportunity where better prizemoney meant bigger rewards. At the start of the new century in the Millennial year 2000, Stephen and his wife Bridget moved their training operations to Singapore where he took no time at all adapting to the new surrounds, quickly climbing through the grades to be held in high respect as one of the most successful trainers at Kranji.
His big race wins and the horses that achieved them are many and are highlighted more recently by LIM’S CRUISER, a winner in June of the S$1,000,000 Group 1 2018 Lion City Cup for the second year in a row! With the focus on quality rather than quantity, every year Stephen and his dedicated team aim to win around 40 to 50 races every season-not in the lowest grade, but in the medium to high grades where the better prizemoney is. The facilities at Kranji racecourse are absolutely first class.There are 8 tracks that trainers can use including uphill tracks, sand, reverse, polytrack, 2 straight tracks and 2 trotting rings. There are also 2 swimming pools and 2 walking machines which have shade to help protect the horses from the hot & humid Singapore climate. The vets there are outstanding and all work to World's Best Practice standards, and the services that they provide are heavily subsidised to owners! With good prizemoney on offer, owners rebates, the aforementioned subsidised vet fees, zero travel costs, a limited pool of horses to compete against, and World’s best practice integrity, there’s no doubt that Singapore is one of the most economical and attractive places in the World to own a racehorse.
We hope you choose to do it with Belhus Racing Stables and Stephen Gray!
Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig
David Hayes is the proprietor and head trainer at Lindsay Park Racing Stables.
By the time David was born in 1962, his father Colin was firmly entrenched as the leading trainer in South Australia, having won six of the previous seven Metropolitan Trainers Premierships. David grew up surrounded by horses, and when he was young, Colin moved the family and his training operation to a new property 80km north of Adelaide near Angaston in the Barossa Valley. This property was to be known as Lindsay Park, which became an iconic horse property, known all over the world.
From a young age, David followed his dad around constantly in the stables and at the track, observing and learning from him as much as he could. When he was old enough, he served a thorough apprenticeship by helping out in the stables where he experienced every aspect of the business. He spent time with the vets and farriers, he rode trackwork, and strapped horses and mucked out stables too! David joined the business full-time and began working side by side as an Assistant Trainer with his father from the age of 21.
At the age of just 28, David took over the training operation at Lindsay Park following his fathers retirement. During this first season, David won the Cox Plate with Better Loosen Up, set a world record of six Group winners in a day at Flemington on Derby Day, and then won the Gr 1 Japan Cup with Better Loosen Up a month later.
In 1994, he won the Melbourne Cup with imported galloper Jeune, and by the end of the 1994-95 season, David had won the Melbourne and Adelaide Metropolitan Trainer’s Premiership and racked up an amazing 31 Group One wins.
In 1996, David accepted an invitation to train in the world’s toughest racing environment, Hong Kong. He was an immediate success, winning two Trainer’s Premierships (in the top four in each of his nine seasons) and training 458 winners including the G1 Hong Kong International Sprint, the G1 Hong Kong Derby, and 15 other Group One races in Hong Kong too!
In his 27 year training career, David has trained in excess of 4000 winners, including 90 Group One wins. He has won most of Australia’s major races including the Melbourne Cup (Jeune in 1994), Caulfield Cup (Fraar in 1993 and Tawqeet in 2006, Boom Time, 2017), Cox Plate (Better Loosen Up 1990 and Fields of Omagh in 2006), Golden Slipper (Miss Finland in 2006), Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Criterion in 2015) and an Australian Cup too (Spillway in 2015). David is the youngest trainer ever to be inducted when he joined his father Colin in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2008.
‘The Future Belongs To Those Who Plan For It’
The Hayes family motto is 'The future belongs to those who plan for it'. Shortly after returning from Hong Kong, David and Prue Hayes made a plan for the future of Lindsay Park. The plan involved reducing the horse numbers, and the centralising of operations at a new purpose built facility in Victoria, hence the development of the Lindsay Park, Euroa property which has been designed to take advantage of the country environment that has been key to the success of Lindsay Park in the past, but with all of the modern technologies and features not available at metropolitan racetracks.
The results with horses trained by the team at Euroa have been phenomenal to say the least. They’re truly a force to be reckoned with, a terrific stable to follow, and from a business point of view, David and the team recognise that professionally organised syndicates and partnerships such as those that are offered by Belhus Racing Stables, play a very important part of the continued success of a major operation such as theirs.
I’m very excited to have commenced offering horses to be trained by Lindsay Park, and hope that you decide to join with us as an owner with one of Australia’s biggest and most successful thoroughbred training stables-Lindsay Park...
For 25 years, Trevor and his wife Joanne have achieved continual success out of their Ascot and West Swan based training facilities. He has an honour roll of feature winners which include:-
- Gr 1 Railway Stakes - Modem (2004); Luckygray (2013)
- Gr 1 BMW Classic - Heroicity (1992)
- Gr 1 WATC Derby - Heroicity (1992)
- Gr 1 WATC Australian Derby - Natasha (1990); Heroicity (1991)
- Gr 1 Kingston Town Classic - Modem (2004)
- Gr 1 WA Oaks - Natasha (1990)
- Gr 2 WA Guineas - The Right Money (2002); Vain Crusader (2006); King Saul (2011)
- Gr 2 Karrakatta Plate - Luke's Luck (2012); Lucky Street (2015)
- Gr 2 WA Sires' Produce Stakes - Denmarket (2005); Luke's Luck (2012)
- 4 Magic Millions 2 Y'Old Classic's - Ravinia (2006); Time To Climb (2010); Lucky Street (2015); The River (2016)
- Miss Andretti Stakes - Lucky Street (2016)
"Right from the early days in racing, I've been fortunate enough to be associated with exceptional people", Trevor Andrews.
Trevor learnt his craft by working for Bert Harrison as a young lad when Bert had the top gallopers Asian Beau and Fait Accompli. Trevor also spent time working for the legendary, Tommy Smith.
Trevor spent three years training in Singapore where he trained over 60 winners, but it's Perth where Trevor has been so successful chalking up winner after winner, year after year in some of Western Australia's biggest races.
Without a doubt, one of the best dressed men on the racecourse, your horse will receive the very best of care given the experience, the knowledge, and the hands of Trevor Andrews...
Bruce Hill Was Born To Train Horses!
Growing up with his father Frank Hill training trotters and gallopers in New Zealand, Bruce worked in the family training business for six years before gaining further experience working for some of New Zealand's leading trainers.
Bruce took out his own trainers licence in the mid-seventies and by 1980 had travelled a horse to Melbourne which lead to his decision to make Australia his home. He immediately secured a job as travelling foreman for the powerful Geoff Murphy stable where he worked for three years and went on to be Geoff's Melbourne foreman for a further four years. During this time Bruce looked after such great horses as GROSVENOR, SOVEREIGN RED and even the Melbourne Cup winner GURNER’S LANE!
From 1987 until 1997 Bruce trained a small team of horses and put into practice the skills he had picked up from leading mentors, specifically, training a horse to peak at the right time in the right race. After his largest client passed away, Bruce moved to the Gold Coast, where he took on the position as foreman for Gerald Ryan, one of Australia's leading trainers. Bruce worked for Gerald for almost ten years, winning races such as the Queensland Guineas with SAXON, MAGNIFIER and REGENT STREET and the Queensland Oaks with MON MEKKI. When Gerald decided to transfer to Sydney, Bruce had no hesitation in taking over Ascot Lodge. The transition was smooth and the winners kept on coming…
Between Belhus Racing Stables and Grand Syndicates, we now have around a dozen horses with Bruce. Although he's a man of few words, he lets his horses do the talking, and that suits us just fine. Some of the winners he’s trained for us include Media Maid (6 wins), Liberty Island, High On You, Lilly The Filly, Dubawi Sniper and our Stakes winning bargain MAN OF HIS WORD who was bought for just $10,000 and has won over $300,000 at the time of writing. You’ll enjoy having a horse trained by Bruce Hill!
For the best part of the last 20 years or so, Lindsey Smith has been considered among the very best thoroughbred horse trainers in Western Australia.
Astute, knowledgeable, friendly and funny (don’t they love interviewing him on Racing Radio!), Lindsey rose to prominence in the late ‘90s through the deeds of the outstanding stayer Old Cobber winning 11 races and finishing second and fourth in the 1998 and 2000 Perth Cups respectively.
Lindsey's training career rose to dizzy heights at the start of the new millennium when racking up a whole host of feature races, his amazing run of success taking him all the way to Flemington where he saddled up superstar galloper Old Comrade to win the 2002 Australian Cup, and the champion 3yo stayer Plastered to win the 2004 Victoria Derby.
Lindsey is a true big race trainer - you name it and he's more than likely won it. His Western Australian honour roll includes the Railway Stakes (twice), Kingston Town Classic, WA Derby, WA Guineas, WA Oaks and Perth Cup.
In the years since, Lindsey has remained entrenched among the best in the business, training his team of capable gallopers from his well-developed Casuarina (40km south of Perth) property and putting the polish on a consistent stream of city winners. Apart from his many big race winners highlighted more recently by Scales Of Justice's win in the G1 Railway Stakes, some of his other recent winners at the time of writing include:
Bombs Away, Cougar Express (Bunbury Cup, Apprentices Cup), Flying Time (7 wins and over $230,000), Modello (8 wins and over $320,000), Zarantz (4 wins in a row), Ringmeister (7 wins and over $270,000), Honest Lies (6 wins and over $260,000), Madassa, It’s Dynamite, Woken, Silver Magic Ships, etc…
If the Winners Circle is where you want to be, then there are few better trainers to get you there with a quality young horse than Lindsey Smith...
Graeme Rogerson is one of Australasia's most successful and gifted racehorse trainers. A lifetime of dedication has seen Graeme rise to the top of the international racing scene. He’s not only an outstanding trainer and judge of horseflesh as evidenced by many of his outstanding gallopers, but he is a true international racing entrepreneur and an outstanding ambassador for the industry.
There’s no need to list some of his better horses and his biggest wins-there’s not enough space on this page-I’d need a completely separate book for that alone. Suffice to say that in 2012, Graeme was inducted into the NZ Racing Hall of Fame, in recognition of his lifetime achievements in the racing industry.
A superb judge of thoroughbred talent, he has, in his words, built the best horse training establishment in New Zealand. Without doubt, it’s one of the most fully integrated racehorse training operations in the world mixing both thoroughbred and standardbred training. Our horses in New Zealand are prepared by Graeme...
Ivan Haggerty is an ‘old school’ horseman. From riding bush brumbies bareback and mustering cattle in the tough Australian outback, to reaching the peak of his profession as a truly world class polo player, there’s not much that Ivan can’t do with a horse..
Working from his 50 acre property in Bullsbrook which boasts a 2000m sand track in addition to roomy yards, paddocks and stables, Ivan also has the excellent facilities of Ascot and Belmont Park racecourse less than an hour away. As a matter of fact, Ivan is also one of just a very small number of trainers that regularly take the extra time required to work their horses on the grass track at Belmont Park racecourse.
In addition to having won a stack of feature races during his time as a thoroughbred trainer, Ivan has built up a very good strike albeit with a relatively small team of quality gallopers including winners such as Big Ted, Cohort, Fleming Son, Grey Monarch, Sentenza, Spitfire Ace, Minilyo Miss (3 wins in a row), Minimalist, Classy Cat, Aquajinsky, etc.
If you like to have a bet, than you’ll be pleased to know that Ivan’s horse’s regularly win at big prices! Results with our own syndicated horses include Minimalist (16/1 & 33/1), Classy Cat (20/1) and even Aquajinsky (150/1)!
Ivan is also renowned for his prowess as one of the better equine chiropractors in Perth and his services are in demand by many of Perth’s leading trainers, so there’s not much chance that your horse will go to the races with a bad back or a pinched nerve because Ivan will have found it and put it right!
With a team of professional dedicated staff who love their horses, and because he chooses to only train a small team of around 10, you can relax in the knowledge that if you’ve got a share in a horse trained by Ivan Haggerty, it’ll be getting all the individual care and attention that it needs. In short-if it’s got ability, Ivan will get your horse to show it’s best-and that means winners!
Martin Allan is a relative newcomer to the Perth training ranks, being better known in the industry as a breaker and pre-trainer. However, with a string of winners such as Essayez (4 wins), I Done It (4 wins), Astronomite, Stoicism, Heart Of Coeur, Do You Do, Invincible Mode, Neurological, Leica Mint and Solar Sky from just a small number to have raced, Martin is showing that he’s easily and quite readily adapting to life in the winners circle! With stables situated right opposite Ascot racecourse in fact only a stroll across the street, Martin’s horses are able to use all the facilities at Perth’s racing headquarters, including four different tracks, little Sandown, practice barriers and the equine swimming pool. A young man who is building a good name for himself when it comes to winners, Martin is very good with owners and nothing is too much trouble when it comes to showing them their horses and keeping them informed.