Caulfield was Colin Scott’s base on and off for more than 25 years and now the trainer has embraced an opportunity to go out training in his own right with a deliberately boutique stable of horses. With the closure of Caulfield in recent months, Colin has relocated his team to the impressive racing precinct at Pakenham.
Not that Scott is new to the training game. He went agonisingly close to winning a Group One on three occasions with highly talented sprinter-miler SPEEDINESS.
He was placed at the highest level on three occasions and finished fourth twice, not that he disappointed Scott or connections, going on to win more than a million dollars from his seven wins and 11 placings from 39 race starts which began with a well-backed maiden victory at Sale in August 2010.
An amazing achievement in anyone’s language, but even more so when Speediness – the first yearling selected and bought by Scott for his client – was purchased for just $18,000 at the Inglis Premier Sale.
Scott, a track work rider and foreman over the years, has honed his skills working for a number of accomplished trainers at the Melbourne Racing Club while also observing the likes of Mick Price, Peter Moody and, more recently, Ciaron Maher rise through the ranks.
Scott, whose hands-on introduction to racing was via John Hickmott when he was based at Wangaratta in North East Victoria, has previously worked for long-time trainer Colin Little – even riding Little’s four-time stakes-winning mare Palos Verdes in trackwork in the mid to late ‘90s. Palos Verdes is better known as the dam of Little’s Cox Plate winner El Segundo.
More recently, it has been Henry Dwyer who Scott has been aligned with, acting as assistant trainer at Caulfield as the young Group 1-winning trainer built his profile and stable numbers.
Now that Scott is embarking on the next phase of his career in racing, he plans to operate a hands-on stable, having the ability to ride his horses in trackwork when required, while he offers a personalised service to his clients with regular communication, via email and audio updates as well as phone calls.
“I only want to have around the eight to ten horses in work at any one time. I really want to focus on operating a boutique stable which allows for a lot of one-on-one attention on the horses,” Scott explains.
“It’s really important to know your horses intimately, I suppose. You can walk into a box and you know if they’re a little bit off, as ridiculous as it sounds. You can sense that there might be an issue.”
He also wants to be upfront with his owners.
“We want to look after their owners and if we don’t think the horses are going to make the grade, then we will move them on,” he says.
“We hope they would come into another horse, but we don’t want our owners paying up for horses who unfortunately do not have the talent to win races.
“Slow horses cost just as much to train as fast ones.”
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What We Offer
25 years of experience with some of the Australia’s most recognised trainers, Colin Scott has a wealth of knowledge to ensure success.
An Owner Experience
One of the key factors in operating a small boutique stable is being able to deliver a personalised experienced to the owners.
Colin Scott knows what it is like to win at the highest level and words can not describe it. It is a thrill like no other.
Caulfield is one of Australia’s most iconic racing precincts. Not only does Colin Scott Racing have access to races at the highest level, but their location is easily accessible to many other quality racing venues to ensure your horse is best placed.
First Class Facilities
The training facilities at Caulfield are first class, offering multiple training surfaces, equipment, barriers etc. Caulfield is also located in close proximity to the beach for recovery work.