New South Wales Horse Trainers
TONY NEWING - GRAFTON
Even as a schoolboy, there was a pretty fair chance Tony Newing was going to be permanently involved in the horse racing industry. When you are prepared to “jump the fence” to go to a trainer’s stables after school, then racing must be in your blood.
Born in Roma Queensland, Tony left school at 15 to chase his dream. In 1999 he moved to Sydney and spent a few months working with Hawkesbury trainer Garry White, who at the time was a private trainer for Hobartville Stud.
He then moved to Muskoka Farm and spent “about three years” there. Then an opportunity arose to work with well-respected Sydney veterinary surgeon and Nature Vet founder Gerry Rose who owned a stud farm at Somersby. Unfortunately, Gerry died soon after, so Tony decided to branch out and then leased a block of 8 stables at Gosford.
Tony has pounded away at Gosford and has won and been runner up in their premiership but has now decided that the future in his desired area is GRAFTON. As Tony puts it 'Grafton is ideally located as you can reach numerous Country tracks in NSW as well as Southeast Qld and is a short ride up the road to Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. There are more races available in Sydney for me if I train at Grafton and it will be the go-to place to train a horse over the next couple of decades for sure'.
Tony has had amazing success in purchasing quality, budget yearlings and producing first class results from them. Tony’s most productive horse to date has been an $8,000 Magic Millions purchase called Timeless Prince. Timeless Prince had over 70 starts, collected $550,000 in prize money/bonuses, and won the Listed Sunshine Coast Cup, Scone Country Cup and the Tamworth Cup.
On behalf of SJ Racing, Tony selected King Lear from the Scone yearling sales for $10,000. King Lear went on to win over $170,000 in Prize Money winning 7 from 17 starts with 4 placings including a metropolitan win at Eagle Farm Qld.
Tony also selected Charmed Princess at the Magic Millions for $32,000 and to date has returned $160,000. Charmed Princess has won 6 races including the 2019 Grafton Guineas.
Tony has also had success with.
- Camp Rifle 167k
- Alpha Go 138k and current.
- Single Touch 63k and Current.
Tony also selects suitable horses for SJ Racing to travel to North Queensland where every horse he has sent there have won races with the most notables being Focus 100k+, Coolmeans and Tainted Affair just to name a few.
Tony’s operation is a real family affair with his wife Stacey being 'full-time' and his greatest asset. Their 2 boys Richard and Angus also show a keen interest in the horses and regularly go to the stables.
Tony’s ability to acquire budget priced horses and get results with them through his "I don’t mind how far I have to travel to get a win" mind set is why SJ Racing has formed a partnership with this young and up and coming Trainer.
SAMMY MCGUREN – GRAFTON
Sammy was always going to be a horse trainer as horses have been in her blood since she can remember.
The McGuren’s have established the McGuren Equine Education Centre on a picturesque 50-acre property between Grafton and Lawrence.
While working with other people horses and their problems it made sense for Sammy to take the lead and become a licenced trainer in her own right and Sammy did this over 12 months ago.
Her success speaks for itself and her hands on training methods and being able to get first class track work information from Matty, along with herself riding work, makes the results consistent.
Sammy has 2 wonderful children through her marriage to Matty and they are a true Equine Family.
The McGuren Equine establishment is the best horse education establishment in the business and the whole McGuren family will be invested in the future.
SJ Racing are blessed to have this wonderful family and in particular Sammy as our Grafton based training establishment.
We will continue to grow in this region as Grafton is ideally situated for the Northern Rivers and SEQ Racing and we welcome the McGuren’s aboard in what we see as a lasting and fruitful partnership.
Sammy McGuren nee Munro had a successful career as a jockey with 82 winners and over 260 placings. She finished her riding Career to concentrate on starting her family with her husband, leading Jockey Matty McGuren.
Sammy has recently started training horses for SJ Racing and has provided a win with KOHINOOR LUSTRE. Also in her stable is our ‘Womens Only’ filly, STRAWBERRY LADY who is still to race.
In her short time as a Trainer, she has had 61 starts with 7 wins and 24 placings.
South East Queensland Horse Trainers
BEN HULL - GOLD COAST
Ben started his career in the thoroughbred industry as a 15-year-old apprentice jockey to Tracey Bartley and had a successful career with 170 wins.
With weight issues playing its part, Ben had to choose a different path and his horsemanship was recognized by world renowned trainer John Moore, who engaged Ben to work for him in Hong Kong as a stable foreman. This association lasted for 3.5 years and involved Ben looking after horses for John in Dubai and Japan.as well as day-to-day training of their huge Hong Kong operation.
Following his return to Australia, Ben rode trackwork for leading trainers particularly on the Gold coast where he chose to base himself. This led to an association with leading trainer Toby Edmunds which still lasts today.
Ben is still actively involved with riding the horses and rides his horses at track work to gauge them. Ben still looks after a few for Toby and is well regarding in this sphere.
Ben has been a trainer in his own right for 6 years and has had metropolitan success, in particular with Red Letter Day and Bronte Babe.
Ben has been training horses successfully for SJ Racing for 18months and has provided winners with Tainted Affair, Queen of Manhattan along with being on hand when SJ Racing send their southern horses north.
Ben lists his finest achievement in successfully having Tegan Harrison agree to be his fiancé.
North Queensland Horse Trainers
ALBY MOLINO - TOWNSVILLE
Alby did not get involved in racing of horses until 1977 when he was 19 years old, were he was working with a young jockey at the local hardware store. Alby with his small stature had a joke with his work colleague about maybe he could give riding a go. He jumped on his first horse and it went on from there – he started his apprenticeship in the Burdekin before moving to Sydney for more riding experience with trainer, Ray Guy. Alby’s master needed him back in the Burdekin after several months so he moved back and continued his riding.
Alby rode around North Queensland, being based in the small town of Ayr, before relocating his family to Townsville in 2002. Alby retired from race riding in 2005 and decided to get “one horse” to train and have some fun. One horse turned to three, three turned to five, and the next thing he had twelve horses in his stables.
Alby has had remarkable success in his training career, with his horses performing well, as he totally understands and is able to get a guide of what they are wanting within a few starts.
Alby has had a horse ‘Best Hoffa’ for two preparations, and within this year this gelding has had 15 starts, and 13 of those starts he has picked up a cheque. ‘Best Hoffa’ this year alone has had 3 wins, 6 seconds, 2 thirds and 2 fourths. He has picked up $107,650 since February this year, and one of his wins was the Mackay Cup winning by an impressive 4.3 lengths.
‘Valuate’ is another horse Alby trained for 8 starts where 6 starts she was in the top 3. With her 8 starts she picked up a total of $135,000, having 3 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third. Alby also trained a gelding by Real Saga, ‘I Wanna Break Free’, for 4 starts where he got 3 wins and 1 second.
The stables are situated in his own backyard, which gives him more time to give each horse that much loved one on one time, with not just Alby but his family. Molino Racing is a family affair with his wife Julie, helping most days in the stables and handling the book-keeping. His daughter has recently moved back to Townsville with her 2 small children and helps Alby in the stables along with a family friend/stablehand Vicki.
Alby has always been willing to travel to race meetings to get the best out of his horses, where he has picked up a few country cups, the Mackay Cup and also got second in 2018 premiership at Townsville Turf Club with only 8 horses in work at that time.
ALWYN (BONES) BAILEY – CAIRNS
Alwyn was always destined to be a trainer as he has been around horses all his life. Alwyn started his career with “A couple” in Mount Isa in 1977 where he raced on the unforgiving circuits from Cloncurry to Burketown and surrounding areas.
With his undoubted horsemanship and continued results he was encouraged to move to the big smoke !! that being Cairns. Alwyn moved his operation to Cairns in 1980 where he has trained ever since.
As the years passed by Alwyn’s hold to this area increased as the results continued to accumulate. This resulted in a more complex set up which now consists of having at his disposal swimming facilities, round yards, walker machines as well as the Cairns track itself.
Alwyn is self-sufficient and has his own track work rider, own transport, and a spelling complex at Mt Peters where the horses can have a day or two after a run as well as having the luxury of your trainer sighting the horse daily when spelling. This offers the complete training deal for his valued owners.
We welcome this dedicated and sought-after Cairns racing family to the SJ Racing family.
Alwyn has a good strike rate and has won his hometown cup The Cairns Cup in 2017 with Ranked however he lists his greatest achievements as his Family.
Alwyn has 2 boys in the business:
- Bodine working ‘hands on’ in the stables with the day-to-day operations.
- Andrew working weekends and transporting the horses to race meetings. Andrew’s wife Jacqueline looks after the heartbeat of the business with the administration section of the operation.