Staff Profile | Sam McLeish

Sam McLeish

He has forged a successful career working with promising young racehorses and one of his memorable career moments includes strapping multiple Group One winner Atlantic Jewel. Meet Waikato Stud’s pre-training manager Sam McLeish.

Q What is your role with Waikato Stud and what does a normal day for you involve?
A I am the pre-trainer manager at Courtza Park. I feed/check the horses and also watch and observe the way they work around the track to ensure their pre-training is all going to plan. We have a treadmill at Courtza Park so I often educate horses to use this and get them working on it. When I have free time, I help out at O’Reilly’s with the dry mares and other areas of the farm that may need my help.

Q Tell us a bit about your background with horses and how you got to where you are now?
I grew up with horses and my father was a bloodstock agent. I started working with horses at racing stables in the south island when I was 16. Then, when I was 17, I moved to Australia to work for John O’Shea and ended up spending 11 years working for him.

What is your favourite part of what you do?
Working with young stock, and helping to identify the horses which are good enough to cross the Tasman and race in Australia.

Favourite horse that you work with at Waikato Stud?
Savabeel/Vogue ‘16 filly.

Q What’s the craziest thing you have ever done?
Bungy jumped!!

Q What has been the most memorable/favourite moment of your career?
Strapping Atlantic jewel to win the All Aged Stakes.

Q If you could give one piece of advice to someone looking to work in the thoroughbred industry what would it be?
Always listen to what people have to say because you will never stop learning in this industry.

Q If you weren’t working with horses what would you be doing?
I would be a builder.

 

 

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