Our trainers have been integral to the success of Proven Thoroughbreds. They include JOE PRIDE (Warwick Farm, NSW), STEVE O’DEA (Eagle Farm, QLD), ARCHIE ALEXANDER (Ballarat, VIC) & JOHN BATEMAN (Goulburn, NSW).
With access to a variety of stable facilities across four states, Proven Thoroughbreds horses are given every opportunity to expose their talent and desire to race.
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).
Steve O’Dea, the son of North Queensland trainer Graham O’Dea, has had a long standing affiliation with horses. After initially enrolling in a Bachelor of Economics, it was not long before Steve realized his career belonged in the racing industry.
His passion for racing took him to leading trainers Gai Waterhouse, Gillian Heinrich, Alan Bailey and Kevin Moses. After four years of apprenticeship, Steve returned to North Queensland to take over from his father who was retiring. In his first season, Steve achieved a 20% runners to winners strike rate.
As his stable grew, Steve sought to relocate and make the move to Brisbane. A number of successful hit and run missions encouraged Steve to make the bold decision. He has since built up one of the bigger stables at Eagle Farm and established himself as one of the state’s premier trainers.
With a bright future ahead, Steve continues to train winners at an impressive rate and has a collection of stakes victories to his name courtesy of Sir Moments, Sesar, Candika, Fantisha, Bianca Jewel, Kiss Me Katy and Go Cart.
Archie Alexander is the son of Hamish Alexander, who bought Epsom and Irish Derby winner Generous as a foal and is now working with UK salehouse Goffs. Naturally, there were plenty of sales catalogues throughout the house during Archie’s childhood and by the age of ten he had worked out the training caper was going to be his destiny.
Archie honed his craft with some of the world’s most renowned trainers before eventually deciding to set up shop in Ballarat, north west of Melbourne, where the facilities include day paddocks, treadmills and a unique straight incline track – ideal for preparing stayers.
Among Archie’s mentors were the legendary Aidan O’Brien in the UK, famous French trainer Criquette Head-Maarek (three-time Arc winner) and leading US horseman Todd Pletcher. With O’Brien, Archie was still only in his mid-twenties and working for one of the greatest racing empires in the world at Ballydoyle. This invaluable experience afforded him the chance to observe ‘the master of perfection’ at close quarters on a regular basis.
When Lloyd Williams invited him to become foreman and take part in the training of his large European team in Melbourne, Archie jumped at the chance. There, Archie saw Fawkner win the Caulfield Cup in the spring of 2013 and several other major successes.
Now with his own stables, Archie plans to mix the methods he has learned in Europe and Australia to create a winning formula. And since 2014, the rising star of the Victorian training ranks has won some of the most recognised races of the Melbourne spring carnival, including the Herbert Power Stakes with Lord Fandango and Sandown Cup with Renew.
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 and Readabeel. He also lays claim to the 2016 Goulburn Country Championships Qualifier with Lofty’s Menu.