Henry Dwyer Racing is in the enviable position of being able to prepare horses from Victoria’s two Premier training centres, Caulfield and Ballarat as well as having the flexibility to switch horses to our beach stable at St Leonards, as the need arises.
Most horses commence their preparations at Ballarat where they can get back into the swing of things in a more relaxed setting. They are usually then shifted to Caulfield after completing 5-6 weeks of base conditioning work however on some occasions, depending on the horse, they may spend their entire preparation at and race out of Ballarat. We find this particularly useful for older horses that need a change of environment.
Caulfield is Melbourne’s most winningest training facility, carrying a rich history of success from the days of Angus Armanasco and Geoff Murphy right through to the current day achievements of trainers the calibre of Peter Moody, Mick Price and Robert Smerdon.
Caulfield Racecourse is ideally positioned just 8km southeast of the city, Caulfield is situated close to the city centre of Melbourne and is easily accessible by car, train or tram.
Its various training tracks include two grass gallops, two sand tracks and a new all-weather Polytrack which has proven very popular since its construction early in 2013.
The facilities at Caulfield are maintained to an extremely high standard by the Melbourne Racing Club and offer horses the best chance of success on the racetrack.
Nestled on Victoria’s sleepy Bellarine Peninsula, our new St Leonards training facility allows us to train our racehorses in a far more natural environment utilising our purpose-built property and nearby St Leonards and Barwon Heads beaches.
Purchased in early 2017 and ninety minutes from Melbourne, HDR St Leonards provides us with the flexibility to train horses as individuals and gives us the option of an alternate training regime away from the hustle and bustle of Caulfield.
Set on 35 acres the property sits upon natural, sandy soil which gives us the perfect environment to train horses out of the paddock all year round. Given its coastal proximity the property is naturally temperate all year round i.e. cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
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Ballarat has developed rapidly over the last ten years with the innovation and financial support of the Ballarat Turf Club and Racing Victoria. Similar to Caulfield, it has a rich history of success with the likes of Noel Kelly and Arthur Smerdon plying their trade in generations past and more recently Darren Weir proving the benefits of training horses in a rural environment.
Ballarat has the advantage of providing a more relaxed lifestyle for some horses whilst still providing excellent facilities for trainers. The new $2.4m Pro-Ride Hill Track constructed in 2011 has been a fantastic addition to the facilities at Ballarat, and proven a great method for keeping horses sounder, for longer.
Our near-new property at Ballarat sits adjacent to the Hill Track and features a custom built barn with tie-ups, wash bays, sand roll and feed and tack rooms. Day yards and paddocks surround the barn and are encircled by an 800m trotting and cantering track.
We also have direct access to the facilities of the Ballarat Training Centre including grass gallops and sand tracks, swimming pool, bullring, hurdle lane and barriers.
In addition to our properties at Caulfield and Ballarat, Henry Dwyer Racing has developed a network of industry leading partners who espouse our objectives and vision.
A thoroughbred pre-training facility of approximately 200 acres nestled in the Strathbogie Ranges at Longwood, 90 minutes north east of Melbourne along the Hume Highway.
Many of our horses spell and are pre-trained at Rockmount under the watchful eye of Manager Craig O’Donnell, both on the water walker and their 1100m straight track. We also find the first class facilities at Rockmount an invaluable tool for freshening horses up and giving them a break from the rigors of a racing preparation. For more information go to www.rockmount.com.au
A boutique thoroughbred farm located in Nagambie, Victoria. Managed by experienced horseman Pat Cannon, Princess Park provide one of the best breaking in services in Victoria.
Once our young horses have had a chance to unwind from the rigors of a sales preparation they are transferred to Princess Park where they spend 4-6 weeks learning how to be a racehorse. For more information go to www.princesspark.com.au
Stud Farm located in Miner’s Rest, Victoria and owned & operated by our veterinary consultant Dr Kim McKellar.
Given its close proximity to our Ballarat stable, we utilise Wyndholm Park mainly for horses with injuries/issues that would be benefited by the around the clock monitoring of Kim and his staff. For more information go to www.wyndholmpark.com.au
A Master Farrier by trade who has been breaking in thoroughbred, warmblood and performance horses for over 20 years. Originating from Queensland, Bruce has worked his way around Australia the U.S.A and Canada, starting and educating young horses.
Similar to Princess Park, we utilise Bruce’s excellent service to educate our young horses and put them on the path to racetrack success. For more information go to www.bruceodell.com.au