Horses trained from the Cranbourne Training Centre recorded 23 wins in the season just concluded with success shared amongst a number of the local tenant trainers.
Hobby trainer Rick Cashman headed the winner’s table with six wins on the back of a consistent season for stablemates Danman and Dansbro. The half-brothers each had three wins during the year and Danman capped his season by winning the Cranbourne Horse of the Year Award.
Popular local trainer and CHRC committeeman Terry Howard produced five winners over the term. Promising trotting mare Rosanna Lindy looks set to take the next step in her career in 2019/20 and will be given her tilt at metropolitan class racing. And Howard is also looking forward to welcoming Rosanna Raider back to the racetrack in the coming months after an injury-interrupted 2018/19.
Dylan Stratford took up occupancy at the Centre during the season and recorded five winners in his first season of full-time training. Those wins came from a small number of aged racing stock but the former Kiwi has built a team of predominantly young horses who will form the backbone of his stable this season. At the time of writing, Stratford has some five two-year-olds and eight three-year-olds on his books
In other great news for the wider local harness racing fraternity, trainer Michael Hughes had a phenomenal season producing 29 winners from his barn.
Hughes spent some four and a half years at the Cranbourne Training Centre before setting up his own establishment on fifty acres at Iona in August 2018. His wins in 2018/19 included the Group 1 Vicbred Platinum Final with two-year-old trotter Is That A Bid and the Group 3 Vicbred Super Series 3YO Silver Trot with Just Believe.
Always adept at getting a good trotter going, Hughes broke into the top 10 rankings for Victorian trotting trainers finishing a very creditable sixth behind the leviathan Anton Golino stable.
By David Scott