Cameron Crockett will make a full-time move to Scone in the new year but not before the highly-regarded young trainer makes a fleeting visit to the upper hunter on Friday.
Crockett’s team has prepared up-and-coming sprinter Reprimand for the ‘Super One’ @ Newgate Class 3 Handicap (900 metres) at the Scone Race Club, the mare coming off a last-start seventh at Warwick Farm after three-straight wins.
The five-year-old bay is the top weight in a class field but will jump from out wide having drawn barrier nine at the TAB meeting.
Scone is regarded as the horse capital of Australia and Crockett said the move from his home of Mudgee is as much about leaping out of his comfort zone as it is furthering his training career.
“I’m quite happy and quite comfortable where I am but I think there’s more opportunities there, because you’re down in the horse area … racing’s a bit stronger there,” Crockett said.
... but my main goal is to try and take the horses I’ve got to another level.Cameron Crockett.
“I’ll give it a go now while I’m young, you never know. You only live once, as I’ve learnt recently.”
Crockett’s new Scone base will be closer to provincial racing centres like Newcastle, Gosford, Warwick Farm and Hawkesbury, while the trip to city tracks like Rosehill and Royal Randwick is also a better one.
But Crockett said the point of the move will be, simply, to achieve more with less.
“A few less horses, but better horses,” Crockett said when looking at his stable’s transition.
“There’s a few clients that will stick with me as we go which I’m thankful for, and of course you’d like to pick up some new ones as you go .. but my main goal is to try and take the horses I’ve got to another level, with a few more options (in Scone).”
Mudgee trainer Gayna Williams will also send one of her stable’s most consistent geldings to Scone on Friday, with Kookabaa to jump from barrier 11 in the Buy A Turangga Yearling 2019 Class 2 Handciap (1300m).
The four-year-old gelding ran third in his last start at Muswellbrook, and hasn’t finished lower than fourth in 12 career starts, including a win in her penultimate jump at Bathurst.
Race one at Scone is from 1.25pm.