Wez Hunter becoming a top horse trainer was always on the cards!
The family connection to our great sport set Wez’s career on its path at a young age. His grandfather was an amateur rider and trainer while his father has bred and raced horses throughout his life.
Wez’s homage to his family can often be seen when his runners carry his grandfather’s light blue, black and white silks with a yellow cap all over Australia. Hunter’s Group I winner and stable star Smokin’ Joey carried those colours when he stormed to victory in the 2014 Goodwood in Adelaide while the outstanding galloper has won more than $1 million for connections via his additional stakes wins in Victoria and Queensland.
Wez was always keen to get into racing but had to wait until he was 16 to embark on his career on the turf as a track rider for the successful Mornington trainer Peter Healey before heading to Tony Noonan’s nearby stable to work as racing manager for a year before assuming the assistant trainer’s role.
Wez worked with Group I winner Ortensia during his time with Noonan as well as classy gallopers Varenna Miss, Jacqueline Rouge, Soul Diva and Midnight Mustang while learning many new skills that have stood him good stead since branch out on his own.
The early part of Wez’s career not only featured the revival of Smokin’ Joey’s fortunes but also included a Flemington carnival win with Bel Thor, who Hunter had since a foal while he also scored a two-year-old victory with his first juvenile runner Frupper, who won at Caulfield on debut.
Time spent with other stables not only provided Hunter with plenty of hands-on knowledge but also gave him experience in meeting owners’ needs and helping all stable clients enjoy their racing via outstanding communication through various channels.
With the facilities at his disposal, Wez Hunter’s Mornington Peninsula stable is the perfect place to train your next champion.