Simple, John Meagher is driven to be the best

Aug 20, 2012

"NEW chum Queenslander" John Meagher is a perfectionist and in racing that means constant self-evaluation.
Meagher will not compromise. From his training days in Melbourne to the dozen years he spent in Singapore, Meagher never accepted second best.

He is a planner and that has shone through in his approach to setting up a training operation in Queensland with sons Chris and Dan. The trio will hold a licence jointly as has Team Hawkes with John and his sons Michael and Wayne.

There are great similarities with Meagher and Hawkes. Both are driven personalities. Work ethic and attention to detail are worn as badges of honour.

Meagher could not simply come to Queensland and open a stable. He researched the racing scene, identified where Team Meagher would set up a south east Queenland stable, selected a venue for a supplementary nearby farm and planned the operation meticulously over 12 months.

Meagher then turned his attention to making sure he had some quality young stock to set up Chris and Dan in Brisbane.

The first dozen horses are in place in on-course stables at Eagle Farm and an old polo property in the Gold Coast hinterland has been established as the farm for pre-training.

"Dad had great faith in the benefit of a farm we had at Sunbury running in conjunction with the stable at Flemington," Dan Meagher said. "Our other brother Paul will be in charge of the farm and Dad will live there and commute to trackwork at Eagle Farm each morning.

"We were active at the yearling sales this year and have some lovely two year olds set to come into the stable.

"A lot of clients from Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong have supported us and we are confident of getting some good results from this intake of two-year-olds.

"In fact we've kept the property in Victoria to use as a stable for our horses when we think they are good enough to race in Melbourne."

Ultimately Team Meagher will get their stable up to 40 horses at Eagle Farm.

Meagher Snr, who turns 65 next month, has won a Melbourne Cup with What A Nuisance in 1985, and landed nine Group 1 wins in Singapore, but he is as excited as a first-time trainer at the prospect of making a huge mark in a new racing frontier as part of a family operation.

By Bart Sinclair from The Courier Mail August 20 2012