5 Dec 2008
Te Akau stable foreman Scott Lucock has trained many winners including many Group and Listed winners before joining Te Akau Racing in the colt barn on the Matamata racecourse.
“When Dave (Ellis) came up with a job offer, I thought it was too good an opportunity to turn down,” Lucock said.
“My biggest responsibility is liaising with the trainer (Jamie Richards) and making sure everything runs smoothly with the horses and staff. Keeping an eye out for any injuries, making sure the horses are happy, safe, and sound. Dave has bought some beautiful horses and we just have to get them to perform up to their best and try to have them racing to their maximum potential.
“Jamie is a young man that can definitely train a horse and he’s only going to get better, and better, with more experience. He ticks a lot of boxes, is open to listening and discussing ideas and we really appreciate that.
“Between Dave, Jamie, and Mark Walker, they consult together a lot, make good plans and place horses right.
“I was an apprentice jockey in Waverley, and rode for three or four seasons before getting too heavy for riding race day. My boss retired and I took over training from him and been training horses off and on ever since.
“Working for Te Akau is a great challenge for me, especially working with well bred, quality horses, which makes a hell of a difference, and they have very good systems in place. It is run very, very professionally and there are a lot of interesting dynamics to the business.
“Dave has given people, both staff and owners, the opportunity to be involved in the New Zealand racing industry that otherwise may not be. I have enjoyed meeting a lot of the owners, many in syndicates, and they’re treated like they own the whole horse, and I treat them like that when they come to see them – and they absolutely enjoy it and love it, which is what it’s all about.”