Graham is a third generation horseman who trains a boutique racing team.
He established himself within Victoria’s highly competitive training ranks while based at the same Longlea property (near Bendigo) where his late father Henry prepared pacers the calibre of Gosh and Springfield Rajah.
Since June 2012, Graham has fulfilled the role of number two trainer alongside renown trotting specialist Chris Lang at his stunning Nagambie farm.
The Goulburn Valley opportunity has been another invaluable learning experience for the former accomplished junior driver who worked alongside some of the best trainers in the business including Graham Johannesen, John and Michael Langdon and Brian Gath before forging his own career as a specialist juvenile educator and pre-trainer.
Graham’s first significant training triumph was former rogue pacer Snappy Sections with whom he won 12 races in the late 1990’s and celebrated his first metropolitan victory at Moonee Valley.
But he is best known in more recent times as the mentor of Romeo Castle, a winner of 20 races and over $200,000 in prize money including the Group Two Victoria Sires’ Classic and Ararat Pacing Cup.
He also has a particular fondness for square gaiters and brought up his first Group One success in the 2011 SA Trotters’ Derby with Waikare Aristocrat, a homebred son of Inter Dominion placegetter Waikare Gold who also finished runner-up in The Holmfield at Group Three level as a three-year-old.
Over the past 12 months, Waikare Aristocrat’s half sister Waikare Patricia has flown the stable flag with distinction.
The daughter of Last Sunset won a Vicbred Super Series 3YO heat before finishing third in the $50,000 Group One Final, then secured the $30,000 Group Two Vicbred Platinum Trotting Mares’ Sprint Championship Final and $30,000 Group Two Vicbred Platinum Metropolitan Trot Final during a stellar four-year-old season.
Aside from his training commitments – both for the Lang stable and a small group of private clients including Raceapacer - Graham is a strong supporter of his wife Tanya’s work re-educating and rehoming standardbreds for a life outside racing as pleasure horses.
Training Performance: (@ 14 May 2012)
Starters: 591 Wins: 78 Placings: 148 Earnings: $508,963
Group One Victories
2011 SA Trotters Derby - Waikare Aristocrat