By: David Thiselton
DURBAN – Gary Alexander will probably be organising a joint-training partnership with brother Dean later this 12 months within the village of Gifford Hill 75km from Adelaide in South Australia.
It will probably be enterprise as typical for the brothers for though Gary’s title is on the coach’s license for their Turffontein-based operation it has at all times been a household affair.
Duncan Alexander, a legendary light-weight jockey who was born in Scotland and immigrated to South Africa shortly after the War, took out his coach’s license in 1975 after hanging up his using boots however when he turned unwell in 1978 his son Gary took over.
Gary and Dean rapidly took the enterprise to nice heights.
Gary recalled, “The stepping stones, first from jockey to trainer and then me taking over at a very young age, were a lot different from somebody who was succeeding an established trainer. The first couple of years we picked up the pieces but from then onward we did exceptionally well. By the year 2000 we had 160 horses in training.”
The brothers have skilled 15 Grade 1 winners.
They are a close- knit household and sister Julie, fashionable as an excellent Tellytrack presenter, has been concerned within the administrative aspect of the yard. However, she is not going to be immigrating together with her brothers.
Gary and Dean have made many buddies and contacts through the years in Australasia as common patrons on the Australian and New Zealand Sales.
Gary stated, “We are known and greeted out there as the Alexander brothers.”
Among the New Zealand-bred horses they’ve skilled are Clifton King, who gained each the Grade 1 SA Guineas and Grade 1 Germiston November Handicap, Timber Trader, who gained the Grade 1 SA Derby, Ruby Clipper, who gained the Grade 1 Allan Robertson amongst different stakes races, Lady Of The Turf, who beat Young Rake when profitable the Grade 2 Gold Bowl, and Brutal Force, who gained the Grade 2 Skeaping Trophy.
Their present five-time winner Ration My Passion is additionally New Zealand-bred. The Alexanders’ first Gold Bowl winner Mosszao was Australian-bred and the race was a Grade 1 again then in 1996.
South African and Australasian buddies of the brothers will probably be supporting their enterprise.
They may inherit a couple of horses from different yards at first however will probably be attending the Sales to construct up their string.
The presence of two South African ex-pat jockeys, Barend Vorster and Karl Zechner, will assist them really feel at residence.
Vorster rides for South Australia’s main yard, Tony and Calvin McEvoy, and is mendacity third on this season’s South Australia Jockeys Premiership desk with 38 winners.
Zechner is mendacity in 14th place with 16 winners.
South Australia has one established Metropolitan racecourse, Morphettville in Adelaide.
However, the brand new racecourse improvement, Murray Bridge, which is in Gifford Hill, will praise Morphettville. This season Murray Bridge has been allotted two Saturday Metropolitan conferences among the many 21 conferences in whole.
The Alexanders will probably be primarily based at Murray Bridge, which reportedly has world class, cutting-edge amenities.
The racecourses in Australia do not need false rails.
Gary stated, “In all racecourses without false rails the pace is generally faster. The racing is also situated at the coast. But we are working with animals so we will just have to adjust to those changes and also to the tracks and to different riding styles.”
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The management of racing is additionally very strict.
Gary and Dean will each be taking their households over.
Gary’s household consists of spouse Danica and youngsters Sasha and Johnmarc, who’re aged 12 and 9 respectively.
The youngsters love being round animals and spend numerous time on the yard.
Gary stated, “I will support whatever my kids want to do when they get older but I would not have encouraged them to pursue a career in racing here in South Africa as much as I would overseas. It has been a struggle for the last twenty years over here and during the Covid period we have lost a number of horses and owners. Things are expensive in Australia but the stakes compared to costs are very good. Overseas if you get the breaks and are good at what you do I think you can do really well. I think trainers also get a lot more recognition overseas and are better respected in their countries than we are out here. It has not always been like that, in the old days the George Azzies and Syd Lairds were legends.”
Gary has beforehand utilized to coach in Hong Kong and Singapore however nothing materialised.
He stated, “I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity especially at my age and I am very excited and looking forward to the challenge. It is God’s will and we will do it.”
Gary estimated they might depart for Australia in April.