Premiership Adds To Trainer Matt Dale’s Growing Achievements

Aug 03, 2016


Trainer Matt Dale has taken out his first Canberra Premiership spacing his rivals.

Dale lined up 89 horses in the Capital in the 2015-16 season, winning with 27 of them for a superb strike rate of 30.3%.

And he’s also proved the punters pal delivering a profit on turnover of 11.0%.

Dale says the way he operates his stable, premierships have never been a big focus.

“We take our horses wherever they are best placed at any one time, whether it’s Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra or anywhere.

“Last year we went within one of winning it and had a lot more winners at say Wagga, than Canberra, and this season with the increasing stable quality we only had a couple of winners at Wagga and 27 at Canberra.

“But we were rapped to win the Premiership because it further confirms that what we have been planning for the last few years is coming to fruition.”

Dale says his stable has now grown to 30 in work at any one time.

“In the last few years we have kept it to 25 in work. But now with the Canberra club putting in another walking machine — and I have put in a new treadmill myself as well — I have stretched the number out.

“With 30 in work we still have the same efficiency and attention to detail as I did with 25.

“It’s a good number and its working well.”

Dale says he’s contentedly settled in Canberra and has no plans to move to the big smoke, as trainer John O’Shea and others have suggested.

“When I had that break from training a number of years ago, I was able to sit back and decide the best way forward, and to set things up my way, and not the generally accepted way.

“From here in Canberra we have now won Stakes races in three States and the ACT and at every metropolitan track in NSW and Victoria; and the quality of the stable keeps heading in the right direction.

“So it proves it can be done from Canberra.

“In recent years Darren Weir in Victoria has graphically demonstrated that country stables need not be an impediment to success.

“Owners are becoming increasingly confident to send good quality horses to Canberra to be trained at city-class facilities, but in a country environment.”

Dale says trying to maintaining some sort of life-style balance is important and in that regard Canberra also suits.

“It’s a big thing for me with three young kids,” he says.

“The eldest is four and the youngest has just turned one and with horses coming in and out of work at any one time it all takes plenty of management.”

“I am grateful to have a supportive family and committed core staff — both a big plus in this industry.”