From an early age Scott had been associated with thoroughbred horse racing. After riding trackwork as a 14 year-old, he became an amateur jockey. As he matured, weight became a problem and made it difficult for him to continue race-riding. It was then he concentrated on honing his skills toward training thoroughbreds, ultimately enabling him to achieve his life’s ambition.
Early days, a short sojourn to England, where he met his now wife Lucy, Scott kept his eyes and ears open gaining valuable knowledge, learning tricks of the trade and absorbing the wisdom of successful trainers whilst there.
At the ripe old age of 20, Scott obtained his Licence to Train. In addition to his training duties, one of his employees was the late, legendary trainer, Bart Cummings. Scott worked as lead trackwork rider at his renowned property on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, Princes Farm.
During his time at “The Farm”, he was associated with and laid the foundations for two-time Cox Plate winner, now top sire So You Think, Melbourne Cup winner, Viewed and Roman Emperor winner of an AJC Derby, to name just a few.
Scott believes a hands-on approach is invaluable, it allows him to gauge how his “charges” are progressing throughout their preparations and with regards to training methods, if anything needs to be changed.
Applying this methodology has been proven successful as borne out with the successes in earlier times of Dark Brown Sugar, Platinum Jack (who has won interstate) Rollin’ontheriver and more recently Stock Up (NZ), Concessions, Rich and Shameless and Itasca.
Scott had been a leading trainer at Hawkesbury, on the outskirts of Sydney, on more than one occassion. He has a reputation of being an astute trainer and horseman, prepared to travel in order to notch up victories for his valuable and in a lot of cases long-term clients.
Toward the end of 2019, a very important chapter in the lives Scott, his wife Lucy and their children Jack and Zoey eventuated. Singleton Racing Stables purchased a wonderful property on the banks of the Hunter River in the heart of thoroughbred horse country, Scone.
It was “barebones” at time of purchase but Scott and Lucy saw it had untapped potential, for example the establishment and fencing of paddocks and building of stables would turn it into an idyllic location for horses in work that need a brief refreshing getaway from stable life.
Racing NSW had purchased 140 hectares in the surrounds of the Scone Race Club with the aim of establishing a Training Centre Of Excellence, along the lines of Newmarket in England. The stable was lucky enough to obtain stables at the complex which has all the facilities including a swimming pool which is adjacent.
Scott feels this new venture will give his clients horses easy access to the great prizemoney available at a number of country tracks such as Scone, Muswellbrook, Cessnock, Gunnedah, Tamworth, Quirindi, Armidale, Mudgee, Wellington and Dubbo to name a few. They are all easy drives from Scone.
More importantly, it is not so very different when taking traffic into consideration to get to all the Provincial and Metropolitan tracks (Newcastle, Wyong and Gosford are an easy straight road float trip).
This will allow his horses to race in company that gives them a greater opportunity to maximise their potential prizemoney return without the stress of long road trips. We will also be eligible for country-trained horse races like the TAB Highways, Kosciusko etc.
Scott is backed up by the newly-created committed team of staff, led by Lucy,dedicated to providing the best results for their clients and the continuance of the excellent care his stable provides.