Our Key Partners - The Trainers

The Freedman Brothers, need no introduction!

Lee Freedman as head trainer has trained over 128 Group 1 winners.

He has trained 5 Melbourne Cup winners, 4 Caulfield Cup winners, 2 Cox Plate winners, 4 Golden Slipper winners, and numerous Derby, Oaks, & Guineas winners over the past 25 years since he won his first Group 1 race in 1986.

Lee has won 7 Victorian metropolitan trainer's premierships his last being won in the 2008-9 racing year.

Lee has trained many Champion horses during his career, and of course no one better than the great Makybe Diva winner of 3 Melbourne Cups in a row, the last carrying an amazing 58kgs, (which was 2kg above weight for age).

Anthony Freedman as co trainer, and importantly the expert in the selction process of our yearlings, provides the Freedman stable with extra support for Lee, and allows the stable the resources to compete on a national, and international basis.

The Freedman Brothers have 2 training bases, "Pinecliff" located at Sunnyside Road, Mt Eliza. This training facility offers horses all the comforts of the country and beach surroundings. Each horse has the opportunity to utilise day yards, where they are allowed to roam free of their stabling in a small paddock, and stabled at night for protection and security.

And their main training base is located at the Headquarters of Racing, Flemington, with the vibrant action of trackwork every morning, there is a buzz that makes you feel alive when you enter. Horses switch on at Flemington, they put their game face on, and they are ready to rumble!

There is no doubt that with both environments, all horses are able to achieve their potential.

Dream Thoroughbreds look forward to an exciting and successful partnership with the Freedman Brothers stable.

 

Ciaron Maher, the new star on the rise!

Wez started his horse racing career out of High School, initially working part time for trainer Tony Noonan, and later taking on a full time role with Tony Noonan.

After a trackwork fall, Wez branched out and changed his duties, becoming a jockey manager for a period, before returning to Tony Noonan working as stable foreman before branching out on his own as a trainer in 2011.

Wez hit the spotlight in the Spring of 2013, rejuvenating older but talented gelding Smokin Joey to win a Group 3 race on Derby Day before returning to run second in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes. Sandwiched in between Wez trained Bel Thor to win on Emirates Stakes Day, and subsequently place 3rd in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes on the following Saturday.

Wez achieved his maiden Group 1 success last year when Smokin Joey won the Goodwood Handicap at Morphettville, and with a large team of young horses behind him, it won’t be long before he adds more trophies to his cabinet.

He trains out of the state of the art facilities at Pinecliff, Mt Eliza, and will soon take up boxes at Mornington racetrack to provide additional facilities and options for horse training.

Wez Hunter is someone you want training your horse!

 

 

Trent & Natalie, from NZ but making a huge impact in Oz!

Wez started his horse racing career out of High School, initially working part time for trainer Tony Noonan, and later taking on a full time role with Tony Noonan.

After a trackwork fall, Wez branched out and changed his duties, becoming a jockey manager for a period, before returning to Tony Noonan working as stable foreman before branching out on his own as a trainer in 2011.

Wez hit the spotlight in the Spring of 2013, rejuvenating older but talented gelding Smokin Joey to win a Group 3 race on Derby Day before returning to run second in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes. Sandwiched in between Wez trained Bel Thor to win on Emirates Stakes Day, and subsequently place 3rd in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes on the following Saturday.

Wez achieved his maiden Group 1 success last year when Smokin Joey won the Goodwood Handicap at Morphettville, and with a large team of young horses behind him, it won’t be long before he adds more trophies to his cabinet.

He trains out of the state of the art facilities at Pinecliff, Mt Eliza, and will soon take up boxes at Mornington racetrack to provide additional facilities and options for horse training.

 

Wez Hunter is someone you want training your horse!

 

 

 

Wez Hunter, the new kid on the block!

Wez started his horse racing career out of High School, initially working part time for trainer Tony Noonan, and later taking on a full time role with Tony Noonan.

After a trackwork fall, Wez branched out and changed his duties, becoming a jockey manager for a period, before returning to Tony Noonan working as stable foreman before branching out on his own as a trainer in 2011.

Wez hit the spotlight in the Spring of 2013, rejuvenating older but talented gelding Smokin Joey to win a Group 3 race on Derby Day before returning to run second in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes. Sandwiched in between Wez trained Bel Thor to win on Emirates Stakes Day, and subsequently place 3rd in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes on the following Saturday.

Wez achieved his maiden Group 1 success last year when Smokin Joey won the Goodwood Handicap at Morphettville, and with a large team of young horses behind him, it won’t be long before he adds more trophies to his cabinet.

He trains out of the state of the art facilities at Pinecliff, Mt Eliza, and will soon take up boxes at Mornington racetrack to provide additional facilities and options for horse training.

Wez Hunter is someone you want training your horse!

 

Darren Weir, Victoria's current leading trainer!

Darren was raised on the family farm in the Mallee District. During this time he worked for various trainers in the area, including Jack Coffey in Birchip and John Castleman in Mildura.

Darren then worked for Colin Hayes at the world-renowned Lindsay Park training complex, and spent a few months working in a stable in Ireland. On returning to Australia, Darren worked at Lindsay Park Stud.

In 1990, Darren moved to Stawell and began working as a farrier, servicing trainers in the Wimmera and Western District areas of Victoria, he then began breaking-in horses for a large state wide client base.

Darren obtained his Owner-Trainer License in 1995 and his Full License in 1997.

On relocating to Ballarat in 2001, the property was completely refurbished and is constantly being upgraded.

Darren has been leading Country Trainer since 2005 training over 100 winners each season. He is prepared to take horses to the races where they have the best winning chance, demonstrated by a winning strike-rate of close to 25%.

Darren is a perfectionist by nature and leaves no stone unturned, in getting the greatest ability out of each horse.

Darren has the confidence, resources and right team to ensure the stable keeps on succeeding.