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Trainer Profile - Rob Heathcote

Trainer Profile - Rob Heathcote

When it comes to training racehorses horses in Brisbane, you arguably won’t find more solid ground than placing your thoroughbred under the care of Rob Heathcote. Rob has trained horses for over 20 years, building a treasure chest of experience to draw on and a pile of trophies to go with it.

Rob spent much of his early working life running tours around the landmarks in Europe where we’re sure he must have fine-tuned the craft of ensuring people are shown a good time. For years we’ve been impressed watching Rob, both before races and after a win, always behind a camera ensuring his ownership group have snap of the big day.

Through the mid 90’s Rob managed a team of horses raced by his brother in leading stables throughout Australia and New Zealand. In 1997 he took the plunge and opened his own training stable. We remember articles in the media at the time describing his steep learning curve and explaining how he was studying books about everything he could find on getting the best from horses through fitness, feed and soundness. These days he could probably write the book! In his first year with limited opportunities he finishing sixth on the premiership. His big gamble and good horsemanship has been paying off ever since. He’s won the Brisbane metropolitan trainers premiership six times, trained more than 1100 winners and been named Queensland trainer of the year on several occasions.

Rob has prepared top line horses such as Solzhenitsyn and Woorim to win at Group 1 level but is probably best known as the trainer of seven time Group 1 winner and the peoples champion, Buffering.  We’re impressed by Rob’s ability to develop what are often less fashionable horses from the lower end of the market, to race against, and beat the best. He also has an uncanny knack of bringing horses back to perform at their best, preparation after preparation, racing at a high level and enjoying long careers.

We couldn’t be happier than having Rob join our team of trainers and tapping into his skills to develop your horse to be the best athlete it can.