Darren Weir

Darren is the latest addition to our training ranks, commencing in April, 2015 and is the trainer of the 2015 Melbourne Cup.

Raised on the family farm, Darren gained early experience working for various trainers, including Jack Coffey in Birchip and John Castleman in Mildura, followed by the legendary Colin Hayes at Lindsay Park

In 1990, Darren moved to Stawell and began working as a farrier, servicing trainers in the Wimmera and Western District areas of Victoria and then as a horse breaker.

Darren obtained his Owner-Trainer Licence in 1995 and his Full License in 1997. On relocating to Ballarat in 2001, the property was completely refurbished and is constantly being upgraded.

Darren has been leading Country Trainer since 2005 training over 100 winners each season. He is prepared to take horses to the races where they have the best winning chance, demonstrated by a winning strike-rate of close to 25%. Darren has the confidence, resources and right team to ensure the stable keeps on succeeding.

He is currently the leading trainer in Victorian Metro and Victoria overall. A fabulous addition to Prime.

Correct as at 06 November 2015.


Kris Lees

Kris Lees has been Prime Thoroughbreds NSW trainer since December 2005. Kris is now established as one of Australia’s very best young trainers. Kris had a great season in 2009/10 season finishing 4th on the NSW Trainer’s Premiership behind the powerful Waterhouse, Waller and Snowden stables. This is a remarkable effort for a trainer that had been only out on his own for six years. He had another very good season in the 2012/13 season finishing 9th on the National Trainer’s Premiership. His good work has continued into the new season with Kris’s horses consistently winning races.

In only his first year as a trainer Kris won the Gosford, Wyong and Scone training premierships. In the following season he trained two Group 1 winners in County Tyrone and Vitesse Dane. Kris won his third Group 1 race when County Tyrone won the Sydney Cup and added to this tally with Samantha Miss winning the AJC Champagne Stakes, Flight Stakes and VRC Oaks.

Kris received six horses from Prime Thoroughbreds on Bill Mitchell’s retirement. He went on to win races with five of these including wins at Randwick, Canterbury and Warwick Farm. The Prime team was flying when Equine Influenza struck in August 2007 and closed down our NSW operation until February 2008. The strong team we had established was decimated but this is now behind us and we are now moving along very nicely.

Overall Kris has done an excellent job for us. His winners for Prime Thoroughbreds include Savoureux, Terra Amata, Unique, Sanosuke, Hidden Wonder, Rose Of Scotland, Under Command, Pitt Street, Funny As, Makossa, Ohmygod, Captain Chaos, Admiral’s Cup, Sweet Talkin Woman, Valize, Magnifique Lass, El Tegra, Izacat, Unser, Miss Bulawayo, Albert’s Image, Gold Circles, Namsarai, Our Sphinx, Ohmygod and Tuqiri.

Kris Lees offers us a high class metropolitan trainer at an affordable price.

Correct as at 19 February 2015.


Tony McEvoy

We have been working closely with Tony since we first moved horses to Lindsay Park in December 2005. We have always had a terrific relationship with him and hold him in the highest regard. He has already done the job in extraordinary circumstances taking over as head trainer of the Lindsay Park racing operation when Peter Hayes was tragically killed. Tony trained the winners of 903 races prior to David Hayes' return to Australia.

Tony began as an apprentice jockey under Colin Hayes in 1972 and rode a number of winners before ‘weight’ ended his career prematurely. Tony has been a long term loyal ‘Lindsay Parker’, training under Colin, Peter and finally David Hayes on his return from Hong Kong. He won four Adelaide Trainer’s Premierships and one Melbourne Trainer’s Premiership in his own right preparing Fields of Omagh to win the 2003 Cox Plate.

We were very impressed the way in which Tony stepped back and handed the reigns to David on his return from Hong Kong but this is a mark of the man. He is a terrific team player and good leader. Tony has quickly established himself as a leading player in South Australia and Victoria winning the South Australian Trainer’s Premiership for the 2011/12 Season. Tony has also made an impact in Victoria and NSW where he has purchased a first class training facility near Hawkesbury. He currently is amongst the leading trainer of two year olds in Australia for the season and is placed 12th on the National Trainer’s Premiership.

We intend to continue to support Tony and recommend that you have a close look at him as he is a first class trainer. Tony has a strike rate in excess of 20% for Prime Thoroughbreds which is excellent.

Correct as at 22 February 2015.


John Moloney

John is new to our team for 2015.

He secured his training license in 1981 and is married to Sue with two children Josh and Gabrielle.

He is always on the lookout to increase the horse population of Moloney Racing.

The training philosophy “to keep horses in the easiest company as possible to keep them winning, placement is integral and instils ongoing confidence for the horse”.

John also guides and educates a young apprentice, Brenton Avdulla, who is currently one of the leading apprentices in Victoria. Brenton is gaining considerable attention attracting many rides outside the stable as he is displaying great ability and discipline.

John believes there are three key ingredients of success for young riders; dedication, application and hard work! Throw in a touch of skill and horsemanship and then another serve of dedication and you have the next champion jockey. John grew up with a number of apprentices who were under his father's guidance, many went on to be highly successful at their craft and continue to be in all facets of the industry, it comes as no surprise that he now has his own recipe to pass onto young riders of the future.

It is little wonder that John is fast becoming one of the leading trainers in Australia, with over 30 years experience in the industry, and a “Master of the Craft” in his father supporting him all the way. Many refer to John as “the Professional” because of his ability to train horses is second to none, he communicates with people at all levels with the utmost respect and has a humbleness that so many admire.

A most worthy addition to the stable!!

Correct as at 16 January 2015.


Adam Trinder

Adam Trinder comes to Prime with strong endorsement from Patrick Payne together with a recommendation from Tasmanian Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Goggin - himself a long time trainer for Prime Thoroughbreds. Adam takes the place of Stuart Gandy, who has been appointed the private trainer of the GeeGees stable of Paul and Elizabeth Geard.

Adam has been training since 2010 and has 290 winners and 13 stakes winners. His major wins include Tatts Stakes, Thomas Lyons x2, George Adams, Vamos Stakes, Magic Millions 3yo, 3yo Cup x2, Hobart Guineas 3yo, Tasmanian Guineas 3yo, Tasmanian Derby 3yo and 3yo Trophy.

Adam trains out of Devonport and has an all weather track, beach gallop and a 1600m grass gallop at his disposal. He also has a treadmill on his property.

He regularly takes his horses to Longford and Launceston to gallop them on the grass tracks.

The Hobart track is to be rebuilt after the 2019 Hobart Cup. This will leave the trainers in the south of the state without a grass track to gallop their horses on for about 12 months. It is therefore an opportune time to have the Prime horses trained in Devonport.

I’m thrilled to have Adam, a high class trainer take over as our Tasmanian trainer from Stuart Gandy. Stuart and his team have done a sterling job for us and I thank them for their efforts.

Correct as at 6 August 2018.


Patrick Payne

Patrick Payne was always destined to be a success in the racing industry. He is the eldest member of the famous Payne family which hails from Ballarat in Victoria. He burst on the scene when he rode Soho Square in win the AJC Doncaster Handicap as an apprentice in 1992. He started riding at 14 and was the youngest rider ever to out ride his apprentice’s allowance. He was closely associated with Northerly and Tie The Knot.

Patrick Payne has a long family involvement with horse racing and was granted a trainer's license in 2008. He has been quietly building a strong team out at Plumpton in Melbourne's west.

A regular at the major yearling and Ready to Run sales throughout Australasia, Patrick has had good success with his younger horses and is always on the lookout for a suitable tried horses.

Patrick takes a hand on approach to training and is known for his patience.

We first came across Patrick Payne when he started riding for us in Melbourne over a decade ago. Patrick was a superb rider possessed with a great feel for the horses under him. He rode with great success overseas and was at the very top of his game when he decided to retire due to continuing issues with his weight.

Not many jockeys make a success as a trainer but Patrick has certainly done that since he commenced training in 2008.

He has trained some very good horses with his best wins being with Laura’s Charm (Sunline Stakes Winner), Capecover (Adelaide and Mornington Cups), Kerdem (Queensland Cup), Danaupain Starlet (South Australian Oaks), Princess Marissa (CS Hayes Memorial Stakes), Fieldmaster (Devonport Cup), Baron Douro, Rebel Truce, Hot Lover, Turner Bayou, and Cellarmaster.

Patrick trains from a 320 acres property at Plumpton on the outskirts of Melbourne. He has a 2400m dirt track, 2400m grass track and an 800m straight incline track.

Patrick has done a great job for Prime Thoroughbreds guiding the careers of the highly talented sprinter, Husson Eagle and the promising 2yo metropolitan winner Atalanta Miss. These are the only two yearlings purchased for Patrick of racing age.

As at 19 February 2015.


John Thompson

John Thompson was born to be a horse trainer. John is a 4th generation trainer and is the second son of Sydney premiership winning trainer Vic Thompson Jnr. John has been around horses all of his life and has had the best grounding a young trainer could hope for as he branches out on his own after four years as the head trainer for Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm Racing Stable.

John commenced working for his father, Vic, when he was the head trainer for the Ingham families Crown Lodge and then accepted the position as Sydney foreman for Bill Mitchell where he did a great job for four years. The best horses in the stable at this time were Dignity Dancer, Kenwood Melody, Snippet’s Lass and Akhenaton. John was also very important in the formative years as Prime Thoroughbreds started to grow. His advice to Joe O'Neill was invaluable and always taken into account when we were placing our horses or managing their careers.

When Bill closed his Randwick Stable down John took up the position as head foreman for the powerful Bart Cummings' Randwick Stable. He stayed in that position for eight years and, from speaking to Bart, know that John was a highly regarded member of his team and sorely missed when he left.

Previously he was head trainer at Patinack Farm. There is no doubt this provided John with many challenges but in his quite but competent style which is his way John navigated around the problems and did a remarkable job for Nathan Tinkler.

John has really established his reputation during this four year period where he has successfully guided the careers of such outstanding gallopers at Nechita, Longport, Peron, Tremec, Pane In The Glass and Sookie.

We are thrilled to be able to support John and look forward to him training many winners for us in the years ahead.

John has done an excellent job for us with Makeadane and The Deestructor winning for us from a handful of runners.

Correct as at 19 February 2015.


Tony Gollan

We have been watching Tony Gollan develop as a trainer for quite some time and had decided to wait until the ‘right’ trainer was identified before restating our business in Queensland. We sent Tony, Whispering Death which hadn’t been racing up to expectations in Victoria. Tony did a very good job with him winning two races.

Tony trains from a state of the stable complex at Eagle Farm where he has thirty boxes. He also has a private complex about ten minutes from Clifford Park near Toowoomba which compliments the metropolitan base.

Tony was a very talented Rugby League player and played Under 19 representative football for Queensland. Rather than pursue a career in that sport he decided to concentrate on being a trainer and he has done a terrific job in a short period of time. He is currently 4nd on the Queensland Trainer’s Premiership which is a great effort for a Queensland based trainer in just his second season based in Brisbane.

He has some very good gallopers on his books including Spirit Of Boom, Temple Of Boom and Listen Son. Tony has travelled interstate and had good success in Melbourne during the Spring Carnival and won his first Group 1 with Temple Of Boom in the Galaxy at Randwick.

We decided to send Tony the good sprinter/miler Too Many Reds for him to be ready to start racing at the start of the 2012/13 season in Brisbane. He won three Saturday metropolitan races from four starts in Brisbane and was beaten in the closest of finishes at Randwick in the Listed Lightning Handicap in course record time.

Tony's results for us over the past twelve months have been exceptional with Hijack Hussy's win at Flemington on Cup Day being the highlight. Other good performances include metroploitan wins by Faith'N'Courage and a promising start to the career of Annaman.

He offers a great alternative for our older horses that may be just off the pace in Sydney and Melbourne. Tony is still only a young man and we feel he could be a real star in the making. Joe O'Neill really enjoys working with him and find his approach both refreshing and positive.

Correct as at 19 February 2015.


Dan Morton

Dan Morton commenced as a trainer in 2003 and now has one of the leading stables in WA. He is a highly regarded trainer, having pulled off many big wins in some of the greatest races both in Australia and overseas.

Working closely with each horse and with his background as a professional jockey, Dan often rides track work in their preparation, giving him an advantage of knowing where horses are at heading into a race. Together Dan and his father Len have over 40 years of experience in the racing industry and lead a dedicated and talented team who bring their skills and knowledge from many countries around the world.

Dan attributes his success not only to his parents, Len and Annette, but also to his loyal band of staff headed up by stable foreman, Kelly Kinninmont. He hand picks exceptional staff with the same passion and drive and it is very much a team effort.

Both Dan and father, Len, possess a keen eye to find a good horse. Stable stars, Scenic Shot and Scenic Blast were both purchased through the same thorough process they go through with every horse, which includes examining everything from the pedigree to inspecting the yearlings. Morton Racing are renowned for their ability to travel horses, not just to the major race carnivals throughout Australia, but also internationally. Sensational campaigns interstate and across the world, including triumph at the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting in England, comes down to the attention to detail. Morton Racing's motivated team leave no stone unturned in each horse's day to day training needs and this is what has cemented Morton Racing as a leading racing team in Western Australia.

Morton Racing agist a number of horses on their rural property in the fertile area of Pingelly, approximately 100kms from Perth. The intention is to develop this property and expand the operation to include pre-training, and an ideal alternative to city training for those horses looking for a change of environment or a 'refresh'.

Correct as at 10 March 2017.