Dustin steps up to Wodonga District Turf's top job

New Wodonga racecourse manager Dustin Cundy and assistants Jack Maher and Milham Talbot. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

New Wodonga racecourse manager Dustin Cundy and assistants Jack Maher and Milham Talbot. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

WODONGA and District Turf Club has appointed Dustin Cundy as its new racecourse manager.

Cundy replaces long-time curator Dylan O’Neill, who recently accepted the racecourse manager position at Ballarat Turf Club.

Cundy, 23, started his apprenticeship at Wodonga racecourse and has been fully qualified for more than 12 months.

He said he jumped at the opportunity to replace O’Neill.

“I’ve just ticked over five years at Wodonga,” Cundy said.

“I went to school in Wodonga before doing a pre-apprenticeship course in building at Albury TAFE.

“But I didn’t like the course and thankfully switched to greenkeeping.

“I finished my apprenticeship and have had 12 months as second in charge under Dylan.

“I’ve loved every minute since I started my apprenticeship and am looking forward to the challenge of the extra responsibility.

“Dylan has been a good mentor to learn off and taught me everything I know since day one.”

Cundy started his new position late last month and oversaw his first meeting on Monday last week.

“That was my first meeting without Dylan and it was a relief to get that under my belt,” he said.

“It all went smooth and there weren’t any dramas.”

Cundy will manage the course alongside assistants Milham Talbot and Jack Maher, with a new apprentice, Joe Bolton, starting today.

Club manager Tom O’Connor said he was proud the club had a reputation as a breeding ground for qualified track managers in the industry.

“The club has a exceptional record of progressing apprentices through their training to qualified positions,” he said.

“Dustin is the perfect example of this.”

The club will stage its next meeting on July 27 with the $25,000 2YO Jack Maher Classic (1200 metres) the feature.

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