Ontrack’s principal Queensland trainer Chris Meagher has been honoured by the Australian Trainers Association with the trainer of the year in Queensland.
Chris was handed the award from his Queensland training peers thanks to the deeds of Ontrack Thoroughbred’s class mare Savanna Amour during last season.
Savanna Amour won 3 stakes races last season across two states. In the Spring, Savanna Amour won the Group 3 Cockram Stakes and the Group 3 Odds Boost Stakes both at Caulfield. She was also a narrow second at Flemington on Derby Day at Group 3 level.
During the Brisbane winter carnival, she collected the Listed Hinkler Handicap at Doomben before finishin a close fourth at her first attempt at Group 1 level in the Tatts Tiara.
Now a five year old mare, Savanna Amour has won more than $639,000 in prizemoney from her 19 starts, with 7 wins and 3 placings.
Savanna Amour was a $100,000 yearling purchase by Grant Morgan from the first crop of Sun Stud’s Love Conquers All.
During her career Savanna Amour has been well managed to split her time between Queensland Victoria, taking advantage of the dual state boutique operation.
Chris is the son of Melbourne Cup winning trainer John Meagher who still plays a key role in the stable.
“Chris has a great team of people around him including father John and brother Paul. Brisbane foreman Andy Kermond has been with the family for many years. Dan Meagher is doing a great job back in Singapore," said Grant Morgan from Ontrack Thoroughbreds.
“We have enjoyed a great strike rate with the stable since they returned from Singapore and we have a number of very nice horses coming through the ranks with Chris and his team.
Meagher operates stables at Eagle Farm and Mornington in Victoria and currently prepares 8 horses for Ontrack split between Queensland and Victoria.
“We relish the opportunity to move horses between the two states. It means we can place our horses to their optimum taking advantage of different class and race structures as well as taking advantage of typical climatic conditions the two states face.”
“Meagher Racing is the only Queensland/Victorian operation of its kind so we feel very fortunate that our horses are getting every opportunity for success,” said Morgan.