John Thompson has been working in racing for the past 24 years. He started as foreman for his father at Crown Lodge which was an invaluable experience running a big team and setting up systems that are still successful today.
John then made the move to Randwick to gain more experience, working as foreman for Bill Mitchell for 4 years before a small stint with Graeme Rogerson for 6 months. He then joined Bart Cummings for 8 years. Some of the horses in his care included So You Think, Viewed, Gods Own, Wonderful world, Faint Perfume, Dignity Dancer, Kenwood Melody and along with others; totalling close to 40 group I wins.
Some of those races were the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, AJC Derby, Caulfield Guineas, VRC & AJC Oaks, and Magic Millions.
John began training in his own right five years ago over which time he became the trainer for Patinack Farm. During that time John enjoyed success at stakes level on more than 50 occasions and accrued more than $22 million in prizemoney. In the 2011/12 season he had the leading Australasian 2yo stable.
In mid 2014 the Patinack Farm operation dissolved which left John to build his career back up again. In the short time that has elapsed since, he has made waves through the Sydney training ranks preparing Group I winning filly First Seal along with Group performers Hooked and Tremec.
Highest earner: First Seal ($1,259,060)
Group I wins: 6
The Metropolitan - Sir John Hawkwood 2016
Flight Stakes - First Seal 2014
Coolmore Stud Stakes - Nechita 2012
Railway Stakes - Gathering 2010
Tattersalls Tiara - Pear Tart 2012
Australasian Oaks - Small Minds 2010