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Taking Crafty Cruiser along with a few of his other mates up to Wagga for 3800m on Sunday



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Poor old crafty, I recently met a part owner of Crafty and they want to retire him and Bryce refuses to.
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One on one with trainer Bryce Stanaway

By James Lamb 3 hours ago


Torquay-based trainer Bryce Stanaway is not exactly shooting the lights out in terms of winners but it's fair to say he's one of racing's true characters.

Stanaway is a firm believer in the old adage 'honesty is the best policy', which has at times landed him in a bit of hot water with racing officials.

We caught up with straight-shooting Bryce to talk about slow horses, hard tracks, Racing Victoria, and the truth behind the infamous 'sandwichgate' saga at Pakenham racecourse.

BRYCE ON 'SANDWICHGATE'

In 2015, Stanaway was fined $2000 after scratching three of his runners over a dispute about sandwiches in the owners and trainers room at Pakenham. The incident attracted national media attention and led to countless gags at Stanaway's expense (guilty of a few here at Punters). 

Q: We'll get this one out of the way nice and early - what's your favourite sandwich?

I’m actually allergic to bread. That is the deadset, honest truth. I get as sick as a dog from gluten. If I have a piece of bread I’m no good.


Q: So what exactly happened that day at Pakenham?

The sandwiches weren’t actually for me - they were for the stablehands and other racing staff there. The doors to the owners and trainers room were wide-open and there was no one on the door, so the general public were just wandering in and helping themselves, just taking everything. I went down and calmly approached the CEO (Michael Hodge) to see if he could do something about it, because the stable staff were missing out, and they were the ones who deserved it. 

Anyway, I walk up to the CEO and the bloke fair dinkum attacks me! He's waving around his walkie talkie - I nearly wore the bloody thing! I had owners there and they couldn’t believe how calm I was. He (Hodge) told me to scratch my horses and go home. So I said, “alright, come with me to the stewards room then.” We start heading there and he puts his tail between his legs and bolts. I walk in and he was nowhere to be seen. I said to the stewards, “I don’t need this gelati and I don’t need to be treated like this."

So I took my horses out, loaded them on the truck and went home. People came forward. Four witnesses came forward saying they saw me get abused, but I still copped a $2000 fine. I get a letter from the stewards saying they had no evidence of me being told to scratch my horses and go home! One of the witnesses was a jockey, Brian Higgins. And I still got fined! It was all about how people were being treated, not the sandwiches.

Q: So have you and Michael Hodge patched things up then?

Nah, nah – he probably wouldn’t want to come near me at the races.


BRYCE ON FAST & SLOW HORSES


Q: Crafty Cruiser obviously holds a special place in your heart, but who is the fastest horse you've trained? Not necessarily the best, but the fastest on the track?

Electric Puha – it won over 1000m mate. I don't have many that do that. 

At the moment, I’ve got a horse called Who Shot Who (Bullet Train x Champagnat) that I named after a certain steward. I originally stuck in Who Shot The Steward but they didn’t give it to me. Then I stuck in Who Shot Terry and they wouldn’t give that to me either. So I went with Who Shot Who and I got that.

Anyway, the kid (Teo Nugent) got off this horse the other day (when Who Shot Who finished 6th over 1100m at Warrnambool on August 9) and said he couldn’t believe the toe it had. 

Q: If Electric Puha is the fastest, who is the slowest horse you've trained?

The slowest horse I’ve trained was a half-brother to Viewed. We nicknamed it Bart. I can’t remember its actual name – we didn’t want to remember its name. Beautiful big horse but just bloody slow. I bought it to be a jumper, and it jumped okay, but it was looking for 20 miles.

* Further investigation revealed the horse to be Sovereign of Haiti.

John Allen rode it for me in its last start at Seymour (in July 2015). He got off and said, “Bryce, this is the slowest horse I have ever ridden.”


BRYCE ON THE PUNT

Q: Do you punt?

I don’t mind having the odd bet. I’ve certainly never hooked a horse but I’ve sent plenty around that aren’t fit enough to win. When they are ready to go, I’ll have a bet.

Q: What's the best punting result you've had on one of yours? 

Best one I’ve ever had was a horse called Prince Vitality at Sandown a few years ago. It was a horse I bought off Graeme Rogerson. It raced at Flemington and Kingy (Steven King) got off – bloody good bloke Steven King, no hard feelings – and said, "I think this horse needs a spell Bryce." When I got home, my missus said to me, “Jesus, that horse didn’t even have a race – go and watch the replay."

So I watched the replay, and she was right - Kingy was pretty kind to him. So I worked him the next day and entered him in a race at Sandown a week later. I reckon I got about 40-1 and he gelati in!


BRYCE ON VICTORIAN RACING

Q: How do you think racing is travelling in Victoria? 

Where are our staying races in Victoria? If Racing Victoria aren’t very careful, New South Wales are just going to leave us behind – not only with The Everest – but with staying races too. Without the Melbourne Cup and the Cup carnival, our racing here isn’t that gelati-hot. Racing here has got too top-heavy. Money-wise, the bottom is starving. NSW are actually trying to cover both ends, it’s a credit to them.

Q: What's your favourite track in Victoria to race at?

It used to be Flemington until it became a road. You can’t be racing on a Good 3 in the middle of winter. I'm not surprised that Weiry's horse (Sixties Groove) is shin-sore. Jockeys keep saying how hard the track is, but it's falling on deaf ears. Other tracks are just as bad. There was a meeting at Bendigo last month (July 22) that should never have been held. 

* Five hurdle/steeplechase events were held at Bendigo on July 22, with 20 out of 48 runners either falling or failing to finish. The track was upgraded from a Soft 5 to a Good 4.


I went into the stewards room (at Bendigo) and dressed those bastards down. I thought I would’ve been charged with what I said to them. The track was like a skating rink and jockeys were coming in and saying that. They (the stewards) were gelatiting themselves because they knew I was in the right - that's why I didn't cop a fine. It cost me $660 to scratch three of my runners though. There was no way I was running them on that track. It meant I was out of pocket about $600 per horse that day, when you take into account transport costs as well.

The jockeys that came off that day looked like they'd done a round with the New Zealand Māoris in a pub brawl - some of my mates back home. I applied to have a meeting with the club but I still haven't had it. I might be waiting a while I reckon.

Q: What are your thoughts on synthetic tracks?

You only take a horse to the synth if it’s no good. Horses that have raced on the synthetic, I won’t buy them. When Bart Cummings tells you that they are no good, you listen. When he stopped running and training horses on synthetic surfaces, his breakdown rate dropped 50%. You have a look at how many horses go there and then don’t measure up on the turf after that.

Q: You mentioned Darren Weir before, what do you think about his dominance in Victoria?

Someone told me the other day that there are 15 trainers in Victoria pre-training for Darren Weir - that’s a bit of a joke. Is that good for racing? One stable is just getting bigger and bigger, while the bottom 50% are starvin'. I had to drive 5.5 hours to Wagga to find a suitable race for my horses the other day. 

Q: So why do you it?  

I love horses. I love being around horses. It's what I've always done. 


BRYCE ON HOBBIES


Q: What do you do when you're not training horses?

Having a rest. Racing takes up most of my life - I work seven days a week. So nothing really. 


BRYCE ON JOCKEYS


Q: Who is the best hoop in Australia? 

Hugh Bowman is the best jockey in Australia. 

Q: What about Victoria?  

Victoria... you'd be an Christmas pudding if you picked out just one. Damian Lane, Damien Oliver, Craig Williams - they are all professional horsemen. You could put the top 10 in a hat and any name you picked out, you'd be pretty happy with them riding your horse. 


BRYCE'S HORSE TO WATCH

Q: Can you leave us with a winner?

I've got a horse by Street Cry called Laheeb. If that's no good, I reckon I'll give up. It ran a huge race at Geelong (August 6) the other day - had no luck at all. 
Experience is something you gain a few minutes after you could have used it!
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Love the bit about Who Shot Who.   Pmsl
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Great read Gay.
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Great work James Lamb.  Best trainer interview I have read seen or heard all year. 

 Bryce can't eat sandwiches..Who would have thought it ? 
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Very enjoyable read
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Unreal read. Cheers for posting
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It was a great read.

Re Weiry- I know of 4 trainers just in my area that have had to resort to pre training for him. All successful stables that can’t get winners but have big stables to fill. It’s a concerning trend re his dominance & I don’t know where it’s going to lead us.
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Really makes you wonder how many horses these blokes actually have. And how easily fooled owners are into thinking they are paying to have asked train their. Horses.
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* to have Weir train their horses
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Well done Bryce, you were generous with your time and thoughts, I hope it puts up a picket fence for you, 23s to 8s.....hope ya got plenty.
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Backed it just because of the naming ,
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Originally posted by anabel anabel wrote:

It was a great read.

Re Weiry- I know of 4 trainers just in my area that have had to resort to pre training for him. All successful stables that can’t get winners but have big stables to fill. It’s a concerning trend re his dominance & I don’t know where it’s going to lead us.

He's not doing too bad for a bloke with all those fines/suspensions.....caught with tubes/needles......aint life grand.
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Who Shot Who was also his shortest distance winner ever, with Electric Puha, his only ever Sub 1099m winner winning over 1010m in 2005. So it's been 13 years since he had a winner over 1000m.

The other runner he mentioned at the end of the article, Laheeb, goes around in Race 1 at Warrnambool on Thursday.
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