Aspiring young trainer Dylan Stratford is taking up residence at the Cranbourne HRC Training Centre from 1 November as he looks to make an impact in the Victorian professional training ranks.
The 27-year-old built an impressive CV in his native New Zealand before crossing the ditch in 2017 to embark on his own training career. Dylan learned his craft working for leading Kiwi trainers Tim Butt, Mark Jones and Nigel McGrath and spent time in the USA in 2014 working for respected horseman Chris Ryder.
He has built a small team of seven or eight horses at his current base in Melton and is looking forward to building on that number in his new surroundings with the help of the Cranbourne Harness Racing Club.
Club CEO Neil Bainbridge said “The Cranbourne Harness Racing Club is delighted to welcome Dylan to our on-course training centre. Dylan will be a great asset for harness racing in the Cranbourne area and we look forward to providing Dylan with the best training facilities to give him every opportunity to be successful.”
The club also sees a role for members of its experienced committee and management team in mentoring Dylan as he sets about creating a successful operation.
“The challenge for Dylan is not just about applying his knowledge and learnings to produce results on the race track. His experience so far would suggest he’ll succeed in the area,” Bainbridge said.
“It’s also about understanding what it takes to run a successful small business with all the challenges that brings from building and maintaining a solid client base, to having the acumen to manage the financial aspects of a self-owned business and so on. There are talented and experienced people in our ranks who are happy to help Dylan wherever they can.”
Dylan is understandably excited at the thought of his impending move
“I am very excited to be basing myself at the Cranbourne training centre from November 1. The facilities are first class and the Cranbourne harness racing club have been absolutely fantastic and incredibly welcoming,” Dylan said.
“With a promising team of young horses coming through and the Club’s support I am excited at what the 2018/19 season will bring.”
Amongst the team of horses that Dylan will bring to the Centre is the promising three-year-old filly Sharing The Love who Dylan is preparing for Woodlands Stud. The daughter of Mach Three and Mint Julep had her first outing at the Melton trials on 26 September and acquitted herself well winning her trial with Anthony Butt on board.
“Sharing The Love is an exciting filly, she has always shown a lot of promise and I was very happy with her first up trial,” Dylan enthused. “She is still very green but as she learns and matures she could be one to watch later in the year.”
Dylan is keen to hear from anyone who is either keen to join his team or is simply interested in following his exploits at Cranbourne. Dylan can be contacted on 0416 510 399
By David Scott