Ontrack Thoroughbreds has added new Gold Coast trainer Greg Hickman to its trainer roster.
The Warwick Farm trainer has recently established a satellite stable at the Gold Coast and plans to have a much greater presence in Queensland.
Greg Hickman plans to campaign his classy stallion Pierata in Queensland during the Winter Carnival and is in search of an elusive Group 1 for the smart son of Pierro.
Hickman is no stranger to the Group 1 winners circle having prepared Royal Purler and Mirjulisa Lass at the top level.
“Ontrack Thoroughbreds started with Gold Coast trainers but now has horses trained across all the major eastern states and when Greg announced his new stable in South East Queensland, we were keen to be involved.
“Greg is a hands on trainer who has achieved tremendous success in the tough Sydney market for more than 20 years.
“He’s never had a big team and currently has only 25 horses at his Warwick Farm stable, but he’s never been without a topliner and his honour roll includes Perfect Flight, Sportsman, Sir Dex, Royal Purler, Mirjulisa Lass and Private Secretary.
“Greg has appointed a talented young horseman in Beau Dunn to handle the day to day running of his Gold Coast stable and he’s got a resume that belies his youth.
“Beau has had experience with James Cummings and Godolphin, Peter Snowden and Mark Newnham as well as spending time training in Mongolia for China Horse Club and is a very capable horseman.
“Greg has leased a small number of boxes at the Gold Coast and this will ensure all horses in the stable receive plenty of one on one attention.
“With the Turf Club expressing a desire to develop new training facilities for its trainers and the recent stakes rises for Queensland racing, it’s a good time for Greg to expand his operation.
“The proximity to racing over the New South Wales border is also a bonus and the ability to be able to move horses between Warwick Farm and the Gold Coast is something else that appeals.
“Greg has won big money Magic Millions races with Pierata and Private Secretary and he’s proven season after season that he can travel horses and come up with the right results,” said Grant Morgan.
Ontrack will be looking to place both unraced and tried horses with the Hickman Gold Coast stable in the coming months.
Hickman joins Toby Edmonds (Gold Coast), Chris Meagher (Eagle Farm) and David Vandyke (Sunshine Coast) as the primary Queensland trainers for Ontrack.