Danny O’Brien Racing to set up training facility at Geelong in huge coup for the racing club
Geelong Racing Club has today announced that last year’s Melbourne Cup-winner Danny O’Brien will set up training stables on course at Geelong.
The new arrangement will see approximately 20 horses trained out of the Geelong base which will add to the overall quality of horses being trained out of the facilities, with Danny joining Geelong Racing Club’s other Group One trainers in Troy and Leon Corstens, who arrived at Geelong a couple of years go.
Geelong Racing Club CEO Daniel Salter said that the club had been in discussions with Danny for some time in an attempt to lure the highly successful stable to Geelong.
“Danny uses our facilities regularly for track work and jump-outs, as many of his horses are based at his Barwon Heads property. Following all of his recent success – including last year’s Melbourne Cup win with Vow and Declare – Danny’s horse numbers are growing, and Geelong provides a great link between both his Flemington and Barwon Heads training complexes,” he said.
“The improved facilities at the Geelong Racing Club coupled with the fact that the race track has been performing so well were key factors in influencing Danny’s decision, as was the fact that our racecourse manager James Dalton – who worked for Danny for nine years managing his Barwon Heads property – is in charge of the tracks and training facility.”
Danny O’Brien said that the new base was an exciting opportunity, not only as it fits nicely with their geographical footprint, but that it would also be tremendous for the stable.
“Geelong has excellent options for training and enhances our ability to provide the best training opportunities for any horse trained in Australia. Our private facility and use of Thirteenth Beach compliments our Flemington, and now Geelong, on-track facilities very well and will only further spur our terrific recent results,” he said.