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, complemented by having access to Aquis Farm in the Gold Coast hinterland.
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, Candika, Fantisha, Bianca Jewel, Kiss Me Katy and Go Cart. His biggest success to date came in the 2014 Group II Queensland Guineas when Sir Moments burst through in a blanket finish.
Highest earner: Sir Moments ($826,750)
Feature wins: 13
- Queensland Guineas - Sir Moments 2014
- Ken Russell Memorial Classic - Sesar 2018