About Us

Trainer Kelvin Southey:

Kelvin SoutheyI have been involved in the racing industry for over 20 years. I started my career working most of my school holidays in stables in Cambridge, New Zealand.
At 16 I left school determined to fulfill my dream of being a racehorse trainer and entered the stables of Roger James at Matamata. Roger taught me a great deal in these early days and I regard him as one of the best horsemen I have ever met, it was no great surprise to see him train 3 NZ Derby winners amongst his many other group winners.

In my early 20's I moved to Australia and spent 3 years in Rosehill, this furthered my experience in the industry and during this time I had a lot to do with Sandown Guineas and Australian Guineas winner Baryshnikov. After my time in Sydney I moved to Caulfield where I spent time in the stables of Tony Vasil, Anthony Cummings and Russell Cleland before working as a foreman for Brendan McCarthy and Clarry Conners, It was at this time I strapped Caulfield Guineas and AAMI Vase winning Skalato, which is a highlight but also was one of the low points of my time in racing.

There were times where I questioned the direction of my career but in May 2002 I applied and was approved for my trainers licence, I moved to Mornington with a handful of horses. It didnt take long for my first winner to salute, Chloe With Class, a horse I bought for Ron Tandberg at the sales for $4000, won her first race at Moonee Valley on September 18th 2002. She went on to win another 2 races at Moonee Valley and accumulated stakemoney of $112000. Since then I have slowly built my stable of horses from a handful to what it is today.

In general I think most things are fairly simple, I believe in keeping owners informed about what is happening with their horses, I believe that good things will come to those that work hard and I also believe that you should always be realistic about your horses ability and potential. I see no point in keeping a horse in work that cannot pay its own way, its costly to the owner and doesnt reflect well on my ability to train. I see alot of potential in my stable and how it has been built, I think it is only a matter of time before we see much greater success and I hope you can be a part of it.