​Andrew Payne Profile

Although part of a younger training generation, Andrew is far from shy of industry experience. Starting as every honest horseman does, pottering around the racing stables as a child, Andrew gained his riding licence at 15 years of age and made a success of it - piloting over 225 horses to victory. In his five year career, he rode in numerous Group 1 races including the Melbourne Cup and also spent a period of time in Macau.

A combination of weight issues and a genuine passion for training, saw Andrew turn his attention to training thoroughbreds. Andrew observed training methods when employed as an apprentice jockey to trainers such as Clarry Conners and Bobby Thomsen. He also spent time in America with Todd Pletcher to gain some invaluable experience, working as part of a 250 horse operation, which put him in perfect stead to set up his Ballarat operation.

Since taking up training, Andrew has put the saddle on smart types - including Tubular Bells (2nd, Group 1 Adelaide Cup), On A Jeune (6th, Group 1 Melbourne Cup), Excuse My French (1st, Listed Hobart Guineas) and many more.

A self diagnosed hard-worker, Andrew works tirelessly to go the extra mile for you, his overall aim to give every horse an opportunity to perform to the best of its ability. It is Andrew's passion for equine science, especially in the exercise physiology field, that takes over when getting a horse into perfect condition for race day.

Andrew has set the benchmark high for future successes and is confident his methods will allow him to achieve these.