ALBURY trainer Donna Scott is back on the Border.
Scott has spent the past year in Sydney as a stablehand with global racing giant Darley under head trainer Peter Snowden.
The talented horsewoman said while it was an invaluable experience to work for one of the world’s biggest stables, there is no place like home.
“I was nearly up there 12 months but I got a bit home sick in the end,” Scott said.
“But it was an unbelievable experience.
“It’s the biggest stable in Australia and you get to work alongside all the well bred horses and to see the facilities and all the resources they have got at their fingertips was a real eye-opener.”
Scott worked closely with some of the biggest names of the Australian turf including champion filly Guelph and dual group 1 winner Epaulette who won the Golden Rose last year and the Doomben 10,000 in May.
“I spent two months in Brisbane over the winter carnival looking after some of the stable’s horses,” she said.
“When Epaulette won the Doomben 10,000 it was a huge thrill.
“I also saw Guelph have her first start and then go on to win multiple group 1 races.
“That was the real highlight for me.
“Being involved with horses on a daily basis that most trainers can only dream about having in their stable one day.”
Scott has returned to the Border with her daughter, Danielle, and is working for her father, Graham Hulm, who trains a small team of horses from his Racecourse Road stables.
Hulm only renewed his trainer’s licence this year after two decades.
He has tasted success with La Cachette, Our Happy Lad and Hot To Handle all winning races in recent months.
Scott said the training of the horses was a real family affair.
“We are just poking along with a couple of horses at the moment,” Scott said.
“Dad trains, Danielle rides most of the track work and my sister, Leanne, and brother-in-law part-own most of the horses alongside us.
“Dad is loving being back training and is having a ball.
“We have got a three-year-old gelding by Sebring having his first start at Albury on Saturday.
“We are trying to get a few better bred horses and hopefully can find one that is good enough to win in town.”
Hulm will saddle up Hot To Handle at Wangaratta tomorrow after breaking through for her maiden victory at Wagga last-start over 2000 metres.
“She has done everything right since she won the other day, so hopefully she has a bit of a chance tomorrow.”