Long-Term Plan Comes to Fruition Kim Waugh is reaping the rewards of a long-term plan that has enabled her to establish a unique training operation at Wyong. Story by Frances O’Shea • Images by Bradley Photographers
yong-based trainer Kim Waugh has taken her hands-on approach to a new level and rarely are any of her growing team of gallopers ever out of her sight. A tailor-made property on the outskirts of Wyong, just seven minutes from the track, provides spelling and pre-training for the horses and is the key to her rising success.
She has a handy lead in the Wyong Premiership and while conceding these achievements look good on her CV, they aren’t her main goal. She said, ““Premierships don’t mean a lot to me. We’ve had 40 something winners so far this season and my main aim is to win as much prizemoney as I can for my owners. We earnt $1.5 million last year which was a great result.
In 2017/2018 Kim is set to surpass her best season ever and puts the increasing number of winners down to her personal approach. She said, “Not a lot of people have the opportunity to be able to pre-train and spell their own horses and then have the track so close by as well. It’s just working well. I always have my eye on them.
“This has been a very good season so far and we have some really nice horses. We knew 12 months ago they were going to be good and now they have started to race they are winning, some at their first start or even first two.
“I can bring them home and they can have a few days out in the paddock before they race, just a few days on the treadmill and I know that’s exactly what they are doing. I’m not sending them anywhere else. That’s the beauty of having the farm and that was our plan all along.” Kim is certainly coming under notice with her impressive training statistics this season placing her among the top trainers in both Metropolitan and Provincial circles.
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“The last three or four years have been pretty good really, but I think a lot of it comes down to not only having better quality horses but having the farm. “We’ve been here just over four years now and the horses all spell with me, pre-train with me, and they never really leave my sight and that’s been a big asset.” Kim’s plan when she moved from Rosehill 11 years ago, was to establish a state-of-the-art spelling and pre-training facility, but it didn’t happen overnight. “Originally when we moved up here we were only on a few