Patrick Payne’s natural affinity with thoroughbreds took him a long way in his riding days before he embarked on his successful training career in 2008.
Payne rode his first Group 1 winner at 16 when he guided Soho Square to victory in the 1992 Doncaster Handicap, which was the first of a host of top-level wins that included the 2002 Cox Plate on the great WA galloper Northerly.
Rising weight forced Payne into a short but brilliant phase as a jumps jockey before he retired from the saddle to start his training career.
Payne has prepared more than 330 winners since 2008 with the range of his success showing the Plumpton trainer’s talent with all kinds of horses.
Few trainers have won stakes races with two-year-olds and trained winners of the gruelling Great Eastern Steeplechase at Oakbank and the Grand Annual Steeplechase over marathon distances over the jumps.
Payne trained the quinella in the 2010 Adelaide Cup when Capecover led home Kerdem. Capecover also won the 2010 Mornington Cup before displaying his versatility with four easy hurdle wins before his retirement.
Such a vast record of success does not come solely through a natural talent working with horses.
Payne and his experienced and dedicated team do their utmost every day to keep their horses healthy and happy, which is made easier by their surrounds at Plumpton, which offers horses a slice of the country but is only 32 km from the famous Flemington racecourse, the headquarters of Victorian racing.
While Payne has an astute eye for talent in a young horse, Patrick remains patient throughout their formative years, waiting for every thoroughbred to grow and mature before taking them to the racetrack.
Patrick Payne’s approach to training has proven to be highly successful – for both horses and the team’s terrific band of owners.
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