BRADLEY SMITH, Deagon - Brisbane
Trainer - San Telmo, Real Cute
Brad has been involved in the racing industry in some capacity for over 20 years being the son of former jockey Garry and nephew of former leading jockey turned trainer Colin O'Neill.
He has held a licence since 2010 and has tasted Metropolitan success with the likes of Diamond Trail, Rock Musician, Sharpe Hussler and San Telmo in recent seasons.
Brad is based at Deagon and prides himself on his hands on approach with a boutique team of never more than 12 horses at any one time.
BJORN BAKER, Warwick Farm - Sydney
trainer - Another Slipper, Sweet Caviar
Bjorn Baker is definitely one of the top trainers in Sydney. His success is from a strong grounding in new Zealand with his leading training family.
Bjorn's stables are located on the Warwick Farm Racecourse in Sydney. Bjorn has made a great impact on the Sydney racing scene in a short space of time, and established a reputation as of one Sydney’s leading race horse trainers, consistently producing winning results from a relatively small team of horses. This is highlighted by the success of horses such as Music Magnate, Unencumbered, Burbero, Twilight Royale, Havana Rey, Lady Sniper, Imposing Lass and Coolring.
Of late, Bjorn has trained many Group One winners including son of Written Tycoon, Music Magnate. Another success storey was from another Written Tycoon son in Winning Rupert who won the $500,000 Brisbane race bonus when taking out the triple crown race series.
TONY GOLLAN, Eagle Farm Brisbane
Trainer | Bentles, Karakabeel, Jabrook
Tony Gollan has won the Brisbane trainers Premiership for the past 3 years and has broken training records along the way including the most Metropolitan winners in a season in Queensland. His team is based at Eagle Farm in Brisbane.
He commenced his race horse training career in his fathers (Darrel Gollan) footsteps and relocated from Toowoomba to Eagle Farm in 2002. With his wife Jane, they are again leading the training premiership with the most winners to date.
Gollan Racing has enjoyed tremendous success with Group One winners Spirit Of Boom and Temple Of Boom and won this years triple crown and $500,000 bonus with Most Important.
TOBY EDMONDS, Gold Coast
Trainer | Sagaronne, Real Classic
Toby and his professional team incorporating his wife Donna, son Trent and daughter Jordan are based at the Gold Coast Turf Club. They have a boutique farm in Guanaba Valley which is where they live and spell their horses directly.
Edmonds Racing has had a huge success in 2017 with their 2 year old super star filly HOUTZEN who has won the Magic Millions 2 yo race in January and is one of the favourites in the $3.5 million Golden Slipper. Toby's training has a strike rate of circa 30% is phenomenal in any training year.
With a team of around 40 in work at one given time, Toby is hands on with daily training routines and owner progress.
KELLY DOUGHTY, Gold Coast
Kelly Doughty and husband Gary have been achieving enormous race results from their boutique Gold Coast stable.
Gary an ex jockey, rides the majority of the horses at daily track work. He and Kelly believe they have the edge on some other trainers that don't have the real "hands on" feel.