Beginning in the mid-1980s, John Sargent has built an international reputation as a trainer who gets results with horses he has either selected from the auction ring or sourced through stable clients.
After training successfully in New Zealand for many years preparing more than 200 winners, Sargent took up the challenge of relocating to Malaysia. During his stint he topped the trainers premiership and won all the major Group I races in the region. He is a master trainer of stayers, especially mares – and he trained our wonderful mare Miss Moana, before her career was cut short by injury.
Returning to New Zealand in 2002, during the next decade the Sargent stable consolidated its position with a string of major race wins. In 2012, Sargent’s tally of 111 winners set a new record for New Zealand wins in a season.
Now focusing his operations on Sydney’s premier horse training centre, Randwick, “Sarge” is in the ranks of Sydney’s top horse trainers. He trains a number of our racehorses including the talented Gin Martini and we are very privileged to have him as part of the Tricolours training team.
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott
Golden Slipper winning combination of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have now joined the Tricolours team.
With facilities in Sydney and Melbourne, it’s a partnership which was formed in 2016 between Gai Waterhouse – daughter of racing legend TJ Smith – and Adrian Bott, who grew up in the racing world and has a well respected name in the industry.
Gai and Adrian are consistently amongst the top Australian trainers, in terms of strike rate (in NSW and Vic) and also money earned. Gai has trained over 130 Group 1 winners, including 7 Golden Slippers, including Farnan, trained in partnership with Adrian. She has also amassed 8 Metropolitan Handicaps, 9 Flight Stakes and a Melbourne Cup
Tricolours is thrilled to partner up with Gai / Adrian for the first time, with our stunning colt Gold Witness (purchased from the 2021 Inglis Classic Sale).
Brad Widdup is regarded by many in the Australian Racing Industry as having the best CV in racing to become a trainer.
Brad was the son of a local Albury racehorse trainer when he decided to move to Sydney at age 17 where he landed his first job as a stablehand with BJ Smith at Eclipse Lodge.
Working with BJ, he was introduced to his first Group One horse, Circles of Gold, who Brad strapped and travelled with to interstate carnivals, Circles of Gold went on to win the Gr 1, AJC Oaks and became the dam of Elvstroem and Haradasun.
Brad was soon approached by trainer Rod Craig to work for him, Brad was only twenty-one years old when he was appointed Foreman and the stable found great success with the giant killer Intergaze. It’s fantastic to have Brad on the Tricolours training team.
Trent and Toby Edmonds
Toby Edmonds has been surrounded by horses his whole life.
He started in his teens learning his trade from renowned horseman such as Neville Begg and Peter Snowden based in Scone.
After previous stints at the Gold Coast and Warwick Farm he re-located permanently to his current Gold coast stables back in 2011 and each year he has increased his number of winners whilst maintaining his industry leading strike rate.
Recently, Toby’s son Trent has officially joined the team as Co-Trainer, and together they have already formed a formidable partnership, highlighted by winning the premier race in QLD last season, the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.
Team Edmonds is training Blackjack Boom and Cool ‘N’ Ready who are two very talented and progressive racehorses.
We look forward to our partnership with Toby and Trent for years to come !
Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr
Mick Price has firmly established himself as one of Australia’s leading racehorse trainers since taking out his licence in 1991.
In 2003, Mick trained the trifecta in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview, and then won the race in 2004.
Mick kept his fantastic record with two year olds by winning both Blue Diamond Preludes in 2005. Recently, Mick has formed a partnership with Michael Kent Jnr.
Mick has also tasted Group 1 success, including winning the Underwood Stakes, Futurity Stakes and Railway Stakes. He has multiple Group placings in races such as the 1000 Guineas, Victoria Darby, VRC Oaks and Manikato Stakes, to name just a few.
Mick says “This is what I do. It is the only thing I ever wanted to do. Even now, when I have quiet moment and I walk through my barns alone, with just my horses – I still get a sense of exhilaration and satisfaction. Not so much for what I have achieved, but for the privilege of being a good horse trainer”
Mick and Michael have joined our Tricolours training team with a young Zoustar filly who is just starting out her race career.
Growing up in the Northamptonshire village of Croughton in the United Kingdom, Annabel honed her horsemanship skills through eventing, show-jumping and hunting.
In 2016, Annabel took up the opportunity to travel to Australia – for what was meant to be a working holiday. She never left !
After six months with Gai Waterhouse, Annabel relocated to the Caulfield stable of Ciaron Maher. where she was able to work with quality Group 1 winners such as Jameka and Merchant Navy. Maher soon put her in charge of the Sydney branch of the stable, which was established in 2018.
Under Annabel’s watch, the stable recorded more than 50 victories in NSW in its first two seasons. The strong results paint a clear picture of Neasham’s training talents.She was granted 36 boxes at Warwick Farm to begin her solo training career in 2020 and has been hugely successful in a short amount of time, training the likes of multiple Group 1 winners Zaaki and Mo’unga. Tricolours is thrilled to have teamed up with Annabel Neasham in early 2022.
Mitch Beer (Trainer)
As a young, enthusiastic and well respected trainer, Mitch Beer brings a fresh new approach to thoroughbred training and has so much to offer his owners. Mitch brings plenty of skill sets to the operation, which get the best out of all stable residents, be they tried horses or yearling purchases.
Combined with the new facilities based near the fantastic Albury Racing Club, Mitch has also recently announced the opening of a Kembla Grange stable (October 2023), which has the resources and equipment to achieve the best results for both his horses and owners.
Richard and Will Freedman (Trainer)
Richard began training in the 70’s when he trained his first winner at Canberra at age 18 years old – at the time believed to be the youngest ever professional trainer to train a winner in Australian Racing history. He then joined his brothers Lee, Anthony and Michael in the early 80’s. During their 20-year training partnership, the Freedman stable was one of Australia’s most prominent, preparing over 100 Group 1 winners. That includes five Melbourne Cups, four Golden Slippers, four Caulfield Cups and two Cox Plates. Richard then took a break from training in the early 2000’s to pursue a career in broadcast and after 15 successful years covering racing and professional sport, he returned to the training ranks in 2017 with his brother Michael where he oversaw the Rosehill Stables of Freedman Brothers.
Richard’s son Will previously trained at Scone and joined in partnership with his father in April 2022 to form Freedman Training.