BORN in South Caulfield, not far from the Caulfield racecourse, Vincent Malady always had 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, so when he got to meet the legendary trainer and eventually work for him at Leopold it was a dream come true.
Vincent and his family moved to Point Lonsdale in the late 1980s when he was 10-years-old and it was five years later, after meeting Hanlon at a church service, that he joined one of the most respected stables in Australia.
Initially Vincent worked for Hanlon part-time but it soon became a full time job.
Hanlon always had star gallopers in his stable and during Vincent’s six years with the stable from 1994 to 2000 he saw some of the best.
Group One winners Our Pompeii, Centisle, and Spectrum 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.
Caulfield Cup winner Diatribe was only months away from the Caulfield Cup when Vincent left the stable in 2000.
At first 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.
In 2003 Vincent’s career suddenly changed. In the space of just a couple of weeks he was given six or seven horses necessitating in him taking out a general trainers licence.
Vincent absorbed as much as he could from his days working for Hanlon and has modelled his himself as much as possible on the Australian Racing Hall of Fame trainer.
He is meticulous about his training operation and ensuring his horses happy and placed in races where they can do their best.
Vincent has forged his career mainly with tried and horses bred by his loyal owners.
Vincent has 16 horses in work and he trains the exciting three-year-old Appalachian Annie. He also trained 2010 Geelong Racehorse Of The Year, Twiginthedesert.
Vincent’s ability as a trainer was recognised the same year when he was awarded the Meggs Elkington Order of Merit.