The Best Thoroughbred Trainers In The Land
The Late Mail Luncheon® has a reputation for presenting the very best thoroughbred trainers in the land each year so that guests can hear from the real experts of the industry. It is their knowledge and insight that allows them to assess a race field and know who the best winning chances are in any given race.
Picking the winner of major Group 1 race is not easy at the best of times let alone a classic race for precocious 3 year olds over a gruelling distance range - like the SA Derby. So the more informed and considered the opinion and analysis that punters and race fans can receive, the better their chances of picking a winner.
And our trainers are simply the best of the best.
The 2013 Medallion Homes Late Mail Luncheon® II - Trainers Panel
David A. Hayes is one of Australian thoroughbred racing's true champions. The son of legendary horse trainer Colin Hayes, David has trained a total of 78 Group One winners, (60 in Australia, 17 in Hong Kong and 1 in Japan) including Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and Golden Slipper winners.
David Hayes became the youngest ever trainer to be inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2008. David has trained in excess of 2800 winners and now trains from his custom-built training facility in Euroa, Victoria.
Australian thoroughbred trainer Leon Macdonald has broken the mould of SA trainers by taking on the best across the country from his home base in Adelaide. Steering his dual Derby winner, Rebel Raider to victory in 2008, Leon put the writing on the wall. But the best was yet to come.
Leon Macdonald's true coming of age was complete when his stable star Southern Speed captured the 2011 Caulfield Cup in stunning fashion whilst the race day favourite ran a distant last. A terrific training effort in a race that has become exponentially more difficult to win with more and more internationals targeting the group 1 feature.
Cranbourne trainer Greg Eurell well and truly hit the big time in 2011 when his stable star Pinker Pinker won the Group 1 Cox Plate in stunning fashion. Greg is a multiple Group 1 winning trainer having enjoyed thoroughbred racing success with champion sprinter and cult hero Apache Cat.
But it was gold of another kind which motivated Eurell into a career with horses when he was 16 years old. Greg embarked on a career in show jumping. It was a dream which would later be realised with a place on the Australian team at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. An extraordinary grounding for this champion trainer.