John Bateman, a former leading jockey of the western districts region, credits most of his horse training education to the late Guy Walter. The pair enjoyed a wonderful working relationship that spanned a total of 14 years, the last seven of which John spent managing the highly successful Goulburn stable.
Over that time period, he oversaw the development of a number of Guy’s stable stars including Streama, Appearance, Toydini and Doctor Doom. He was also able to learn and put into practice Guy’s training philosophies and programs.
Now a trainer in his own right, John has kept a portion of the Goulburn stable, a location which he believes is hugely advantageous. The peaceful surroundings of Goulburn offer a unique training environment and has allowed John to maintain a hands on approach, something which he values highly. His small team of horses thrive away from the hustle and bustle of the city and are able to gallop on the course proper on a regular basis.
When John decided to take out a trainer’s license midway through 2014, it wasn’t long before he captured his first winner with the Proven Thoroughbreds galloper Destined To Win breaking his maiden at Bathurst on August 11. Destined To Win has returned to the winners’ circle since, as have a handful of other Proven stable members including Counterfire, Wyendra, Nicconita and Readabeel. He also lays claim to the 2016 Goulburn Country Championships Qualifier with Lofty's Menu.
With Highway Handicaps, the Country Championships Series and Showcase meetings, owning a country-trained horse has never been more attractive and in John Bateman, Proven Thoroughbreds has an experienced horseman based at the leading rural track in the state.