Satellite stable at Ballarat

Apr 05, 2013

By DAVID BREHAUT AND TIM O'CONNOR, The Courier

TWO-time Ballarat Cup-winning trainer Mick Kent will set up a stable at Dowling Forest Racecourse.

Kent is the latest high-profile trainer to be lured to Ballarat by its state-of-art uphill synthetic training track, which was opened in May 2011.

His arrival follows hot on the heels of Malua Racing’s John Sadler and Troy Corstens, and Caulfield Cup-winning trainer Jim Mason, who now train horses at the precinct.

Malua has a satellite stable to complement its Flemington base, while Mason relocated his whole operation from Caulfield to Dowling Forest.

Kent will retain his main training operation at Cranbourne, with a satellite stable in Ballarat.

He is leasing six boxes from Ballarat Turf Club committeeman Bill Gribble, who has a property next to the uphill track. His first horses are set to arrive at the facility this weekend.

Gribble’s daughter, Rebecca, will oversee Kent’s Ballarat stable.

She has returned home after spending a stint as an assistant trainer to Robbie Griffiths at Cranbourne.

Kent, who won back-to-back Ballarat Cups in 2010 and 2011 with My Bentley and Domesky, told The Courier that he had been looking at bringing horses to the region for the past 12 months and was excited to finally see his dream come to fruition.

Domesky will be among Kent’s first group of horses trained in Ballarat, with the five-year-old to continue his preparation towards next month’s Warrnambool Cup.

He will be joined in Ballarat by talented sprinter/miler Good Value.

“I’ll just start off steady and build it up,” said Kent, who expects to visit the Ballarat stables once every week.

Ballarat Turf Club chief executive officer Lachlan McKenzie said getting Kent to expand his training operation to Dowling Forest was great news for the Ballarat training complex.