The Blackhearts are ready to take on the East Coast!
The Blackheart’s trainers know they have themselves a huge opportunity here
Premium level race horses to take on the best racing in WA can throw up. Blackheart’s owners are in a unique position and there is a sense they are ready to win the inaugural TRL competition.
Thousands of owners have joined
now’s the time to get involved!
The Blackhearts are ready to take on the East Coast!
The Blackhearts trainers might come from a diverse background but they all want to win!
They win with 2YOs, they win with tried horses and they want to win for the Blackhearts. With a tried horse ready to race the Blackhearts are ready to win the inaugural TRL competition.
Adam has been training for the past 12 years. He has had great success with horses such as Mr Moet, Star Exhibit, Real Love, Come Play With Me, Lords Ransom, Enticing Star and has won races like the Group 1 Railway Stakes, Group 3 Perth Cup (3 times).
Adam has won the trainers premiership 7 out of the past 10 years and continues to have an excellent strike rate. His best season tally was in 2013-14 when he trained 77 metropolitan winners. Durrant's hands on approach gives him the advantage of knowing exactly what is going on with all of his horses. Click here to learn more.
The Pearce brothers, born in Bristol, but bred in the West are the new dynamic duo on the training scene. Working out of the 'horse heaven' that is Karnup (60kms south of Perth). With the partnership, our owners will have the best of both the talented horseman, because as Ben says, “For me, the partnership works really well because Dan can be in the shed running everything and I can have the confidence knowing he’s all over it while I’m out riding", which he still does on a daily basis. Click here to learn more.
Playing AFL and training racehorses are two exceptionally time consuming and tough professions and while most footballers would be eyeing a break to rest and rejuvenate at the end of their careers, Ballantyne said his competitive nature made him want to get straight back into racing. In saying this, he isn't new to the sport, with his dad being a horse trainer in Perth for many years.
Ballantyne started training following his retirement from AFL in 2019, and has a small stable at any one time in work. He defied the odds as a small powerhouse forward in the AFL, and is now trying to do the same in racing! Click here to learn more.
The Taylor name is arguably the most famous of names in Western Australia racing. There isn't a major race in WA that Jim Taylor hasn’t won as a jockey or as a trainer. In fact, he rode the winner of Ascot Gold Cup, the day his daughter Brittany was born.
Jim Taylor's first major winner was Country Blazer in 2001 and first Group One winner was Barakey in the 2012 WATC Winterbottom Stakes. The most recent major winner for Jim Taylor was at the highest level when Magnifisio won the Group One WATC Winterbottom Stakes. Click here to learn more.
Simon Miller has been entrenched in racing since a very young age, with his family being involved in many facets of the industry. He spent his weekends as a youngster mucking out stalls in Geelong, before he started working as a stable hand for Robbie Griffiths. He quickly climbed the ranks and spent 8 years as an assistant trainer to Robbie Griffiths, John O'Shea and Robert Smerdon.
In 2008 he moved to Perth and started as one of the smallest on the block, having just 4 horses in work. Since then, the stable has become one of the largest and most successful racing entities in Perth, having won numerous Group and Listed races. Click here to learn more.
Todd was destined to be a racehorse trainer with 3 generations of trainers in his family before him and he is now a fourth generation trainer. At the age of 20 Todd applied for his licence and became the youngest licenced trainer in Perth at that time.
His first winner came with a horse named Cartridge at Mt Barker and his brother Clint Harvey rode the horse to victory. In his short time of training Todd has trained some very nice horses including the retired Lachino, Keystone Lady who looks to be going places and he played a major role in Always A Devil's successes. Click here to learn more.
TEAM BLACKHEARTS TV
Blackhearts owner update: Tried horses
While the search for yearlings is ongoing the Blackhearts have a tried horse ready to run. See how that will place them in the competition.
Blackhearts Trainer announcement
See how it unfolded at the WA Blackhearts trainer announcement.
With so much happening you can catch up on the latest with this update from Shane Crawford
State: Western Australia
Colours: Gold and Black
Ambassador: Britt Taylor
Manager: Britt Taylor
What Is in a name?
When it comes to big hearts, (ok may be not Phar Lap big) look no further than Black Heart Bart, a true warrior of the west. Retiring in 2020, he displayed extraordinary durability, still winning Group 1 races as 9 year old.
Britt loves racing
As the daughter of leading WA trainer Jim Taylor (her grandmother was also a trainer) Britt was born into racing. She is the face of racing in WA for Sky Channel, Perth Racing, TABradio and an ambassador for Perth Racing.
Britt became the first female jockey to provide the post race interviews over the Melbourne Cup carnival. She is a passionate racehorse owner and trackwork rider, so you are in very capable hands.
Along with Britt’s extensive racing knowledge, she’s a former Miss Universe entrant and will no doubt add a touch of glamour to the team.
Join Britt in the WA Black Hearts and let’s show Australia that the TRL team from the west is best.
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Your Team’s Manager
The role of the team managers is to coordinate team owners key decision making processes. In doing so on behalf of team owners, managing draft selections, trade windows, selling decisions and trainer programming. Your team manager will liaise with TRL’s Head of Racing who as a form and data specialist will help your team manager in conjunction with their team owners maximise big race day outcomes.
TRL have employed managers on a requirement of possessing deep industry knowledge, experience and connections to trainers within their state as well as being individuals who have that burning competitiveness and desire to win the competition.
Brittany is the only ambassador who doubles as Black Hearts’ manager as well. The reasoning…Brittany lives and breaths Racing in Western Australia. She rides work and subsequently is deeply connected with WA’s training and jockey community. Brittany is racing in WA and in doing so takes her team inside racing’s inner circle. To have someone who gets her team closer to the daily workings of racing than any other manager is without doubt a massive competitive advantage for Western Australia’s Black Hearts.