Our Trainers

Andy Gath

9968 starters- 2196 wins & 2534 placings

Total stakes $16,995,668.00

29 x seasons as a trainer

Kate and Andy Gath have long been recognised as one of the most astute stables right throughout Australia.

Through the careful placement of their horses in races which are handpicked by the Long Forest trainers, they are able to maximise the potential of any horse.

Located just 10km’s outside of Victorian trotting HQ between Bacchus Marsh and Melton, the Gath team are centrally located and are willing to travel horses far and wide to find a winner.

With a training environment that is the envy of many in the industry, the owner is King with Andy always forthcoming in communicating everything you need to know about your horse.



David Miles

856 starters - 102 wins & 209 placings

Total stakes $809,358.00

6 x seasons as a trainer

David is based at Monegeetta in Victoria and whilst he's only been at the helm as trainer for two seasons he's already tasted some great results throughout his career including over 500 driving wins and over $3 million in stakes earned as a driver.

He won the Breeders Crown Final & WA Derby aboard Manifold Bay, then completed the Vicbred/Breeders Crown double with Whitten in 2002.

More recently David tasted Group 1 success in the $300,000 Australian Pacing Gold Final with super juvenile Mindarie Priddy.



Emma Stewart

4578 starters - 1512 wins & 1255 placings

Total Stakes  $17,905,557.00

17 x seasons as a trainer

Emma is based at Smythes Creek in Victoria and trains an outstanding team with her partner Clayton Tonkin.

Emma's strike rate is something to behold and she is currently Victoria's leading trainer.

She has won 44 x $100,000+ races with champion horses the like of Guaranteed, Safari, Philadelphia Man and Bonavista Bay and has enjoyed a huge amount of success with her juvenile team of late.



Jayne Davies

8942 starters - 1222 wins & 2327 placings

Total Stakes $11,271,568.00

20 x seasons as a trainer

Jayne is based at Cranbourne and trains in conjunction with her partner Noel Alexander.

Jayne has tasted a huge amount of Group 1 success throughout her career including 21 x $100,000+ races.

Some of Jayne's most iconic winners include Lombo La Fe Fe, Amongsty Royalty & Aussie Made Lombo.




Ross Sugars

10266 starters - 1586 wins & 2825 placings

Total Stakes $6,400,172.00

35 x seasons as a trainer

Ross grew up and began his career in South Australia before making the move across to Victoria in 2004.

With over 1200 wins under his belt as a driver, Ross hung up his boots in 2010 to focus solely on training.

He and his family now train a handy team from their Hopetoun Park base including recent Group 1 winners Illawong Helios, Youranut and La Machane.



Mick Hughes

2246 starters - 313 wins & 616 placings

Total Stakes $2,017,368.00

23 x seasons as a trainer

Mick is 42 years old and lives in the Clyde area with his partner Kirstin. Mick has 20+ years of training experience and now trains from the state-of-the-art Cranbourne HTC Training Centre

Mick currently has a team of 18 horses whilst numbers fluctuate, typically around 12-14 of those horse are in work at any one time.

In season 2014/15 Mick had 127 stater and produced 16 winners and 32 placegetters earning stakes of $120,000+






Josh Aiken

102 starters - 31 wins & 29 placings

Total Stakes $234,791.00

Third season as a trainer

Josh is a young and promising participant in our industry.

He has kicked off his career as a successful driver winning over $1.7million in total stakes. He has now secured a trainers licence and will continue to draw on the spectacular success he has achieved in partnership with his father, David.

He is a young and enthusiastic rising superstar, who is great asset not only to his family but to the ongoing health of the industry in general.