BORN in South Caulfield, not far from the Caulfield racecourse, Vincent Malady always had a passion for horse racing.
He loved following the horses and as a young teenager was sneaking a bet here and there on his favourite horses.
One trainer he always admired was George Hanlon and it was a dream come true so when he got to work for him at Leopold.
While learning the craft during his six years (1994 to 2000) with Hanlon, Vincent worked with some fantastic horses including Group 1 winners Our Pompeii, Centisle, and Spectrum as wqell as were all in the stable in Vincent’s time along with Sandown Cup and 4-time Moe Cup winner Royal Snack, Geelong Cup winner Oregon Star, country cup specialist Royal Caliph and Petite Amour.
In 2000, Vincent applied for an owner- trainers licence and he pottered around with one or two horses in rented stables in Cosgrove Street, opposite the Geelong racecourse, while working for an abalone diver at Queenscliff.
Three years later, he had an influx of horses and took out a general trainers licence.
Vincent absorbed as much as he could from his days working for Hanlon and has modelled himself as much as possible on the Australian Racing Hall of Fame trainer.
He is meticulous about his training operation and has forged his career mainly with tried horses and horses bred by his loyal band of owners.
Keeping horses happy and relaxed placing them in races where they can do their best has been a key to his success.
Vincent has 16 horses in work and he has trained a number of city handy winners including the speedy Appalachian Annie, ultra-consistent Tigidig Tigidig and 2010 Geelong Racehorse Of The Year, Twiginthedesert.
In 2010, Vincent was also acknowledged for his training when awarded the Meggs Elkington Order of Merit.
Carley joined the stable in December 2015 and brings with her 20 years of horse knowledge and experience.
A competitor on the equestrian circuit since she was 10, Carley has worked for a number of racing stables including Shane Nichols at Yarra Valley, Singapore trainer Cliff Brown when he was based at Narbethong, and more recently with Geelong trainer Kelvin Bourke.