Unlike most horse trainers, Joe Pride does not hail from a family embedded in the racehorse industry. In fact, Joe initially studied psychology at Sydney University before his passion for racehorses took over.
He had to build his own legacy from the ground up and has enjoyed extraordinary success in a relatively short space of time. Joe's swift rise to the top of Sydney's training ranks can be attributed to a number of factors but none more so than the early influence of John Size. Joe spent four years with John at Randwick before being given a once in a lifetime opportunity. When John left for Hong Kong, he helped Joe establish a stable and clients which provided the platform from which his career would later flourish.
Now training at Warwick Farm, Joe has carved out a tremendously successful career with a reputation for being able to rejuvenate older horses, most notably dual-Group I winner Vision And Power. The son of Carnegie arrived at Joe's stables with a record of 19 starts for one win and was coming off a 30 length defeat in a hurdle trial. Those who are familiar with the remarkable story will recall that Vision And Power won back-to-back Group Is in the George Ryder Stakes and Doncaster Mile only 18 months later. Those pair of Group Is were the horse's ninth and tenth run of a preparation that yielded a staggering $1.7 million.
Joe has also been able to capture Group I wins with other tried horses such as Sacred Choice (2010 Myer Classic, 2011 Doncaster Handicap) and Steps In Time (2014 Coolmore Classic).
Highest earner: Terravista ($2,667,255)
Group I wins: 11
Doncaster Handicap - Vision And Power 2009, Sacred Choice 2011
Myer Classic - Sacred Choice 2010
Darley Classic - Terravista 2014
TJ Smith Stakes - Red Oog 2006
Coolmore Classic - Regal Cheer 2006, Steps In Time 2014
George Ryder Stakes - Vision And Power 2009
The Galaxy - Tiger Tees 2014
Lightning Stakes - Terravista 2017
Doomben 10,000 - Red Oog 2005