Champion Team

JASON ABRAHAMS - PRINCIPAL


Jason has been in control of the operational side of his own breeding and racing business for the past 20 years. Originally educated at university in Accounting, Jason has a hands-on role in the organisation and attends many of the sales throughout the year for yearlings and mares.

This provides Jason with a close appreciation of the market and trends that are developing in breeding and racing, which the family organisation has then leveraged from to create opportunities for growth.

Over this time, he has purchased and raced many horses (Mohave Dancer, Charge Forward, Faith Hill, Men At Work, Steflara, Chiming Lass, Winona, Cool Front, Fist of Fury, Jessicabeel, Legsman, etc) and also bred and sold yearlings successfully at the major sales (Phoenix Park, Natural Blitz, Black Minx, Road To Rock, Nechita, Éclair Big Bang, etc).

Jason is also a Certified Financial Planner and owns a financial planning business in Sydney. Jason holds directorships and shareholdings in a vast array of businesses and has been involved in the development of a number of start-up operations.

Jason’s role includes yearling sale selections and syndicating of the stock purchased, as well as the ongoing management and race planning alongside the trainer of each syndicated horse.

EMMA WALSH - NSW MANAGER



Emma is an integral part of the Champion team. She is the first port of call for existing owners and also for potential owners seeking guidance on how to become involved in this exciting industry. A very important aspect of Emma's role is to be responsible for ensuring we communicate effectively about our Champion horses with owners, bridging the gap between owner and trainer. You will be able to find her at race meetings and trials wherever a Champion Thoroughbreds representative is involved, or in her office at Suite 505/ 460 Pacific Highway St Leonards 2065. She is always happy to show clients around the stable, answer questions and accompany you when you visit your horses.

Emma grew up in the racing industry where she spent most her childhood at the stables with her parents who were both racehorse trainers in Provincial NSW. Emma's passion for racing soon evolved into the administration sector where she completed a Cadetship in 2013 with Racing NSW as a training officer at their racing academy where she obtained a CIV in Racing Administration. She then went on to work as the RNSW regulatory coordinator and then into a marketing and media assistant role.

Emma has also enjoyed the experience of having ownership in her first racehorse and understands the fundamentals and importance of owner relationships along with the excitement and rewards that owning a racehorse can bring. Emma has a strong customer service background where she believes client experience and satisfaction is the forefront of any business.

Emma's role with Champion Thoroughbreds includes:

  • Marketing & syndicating of stock purchased
Management of the website and it's various social networking tools
On-going management of each Champion representative including race day and trial attendace
Newsletter production
Regular contact with racing authorities
Organisation of the many events held by Champion Thoroughbreds.


SUMAN HEDGE - VICTORIAN MANAGER



Suman has already achieved much in his bloodstock career holding senior positions at Eliza Park and with leading Sydney trainer John O’Shea, both as a breeder, consultant, advisor and yearling buyer.

Suman bred Group One winner Triple Honour and was the integral part of the team that selected multiple Group One sprinting sensation Zoustar as well as a host of multiple metropolitan and listed winners.

Before joining Matchem, and now becoming the manager of Champion Thoroughbreds Victoria, Suman was part of the successful Woodside Park team looking after stallion nominations and client relationships.

Like Emma, Suman is responsible for liasing with owners and building on new and existing relationships in Victoria. Suman has a strong focus on serving the customer as well as a good understanding of the nuances of racehorse management which makes him a great fit for the Champion brand.



BYRON ROGERS - CONSULTANT



Well respected thoroughbred consultant throughout the world in bloodlines, genetics, and ratings on yearlings and matings,through his company, Performance Genetics . Byron provides Champion Thoroughbreds with great insight into the future potential of yearlings on offer at sales. Champion Thoroughbreds is the only syndication company that is able to use his services throughout Australia and New Zealand giving our owners a unique advantage in the selection of our future racing team.

From a racing background, Byron spent eight years at Arrowfield Stud in Australia as Stallion Nominations and Bloodstock Manager, part of the team that developed the careers of leading sires Redoute’s Choice, Flying Spur and Danzero and then at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky, where for three years he served as director of their stallion division, managing the careers of the likes of Unbridled Song, Forestry, Tiznow and Speightstown. Byron was a co-creator of the pedigree analysis program TrueNicks and for the past six years he has been the owner of Performance Genetics LLC, a company who utilizes machine learning prediction models based on data from DNA markers, cardiovascular and biomechanical variables in the selection of thoroughbred racehorses.


DR. JAMES WHITFIELD - CONSULTANT


Eminent veterinarian and partner in Randwick Equine Centre, James provides Champion Thoroughbreds with in depth yearling selection reports and opinions, and is commonly referred to throughout the racing career of the horses. Dr. Whitfield inspects all of the yearlings that Champion Thoroughbreds purchases as well as their x-rays and other clinical examinations should the need arise.

OUR TRAINERS


DAVID HAYES, BEN HAYES & TOM DABERNIG – VICTORIA




A son of the Hall of Fame great Colin Hayes, David Hayes is himself a Hall of Fame trainer with 79 Group 1 winners including Melbourne and Caulfield Cups, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper to name but a few. After a brilliant early career where he dominated Victorian and South Australian racing, David spent 9 successful years in Hong Kong training 458 winners and winning the trainers premiership there on two occasions. Experienced horseman, Tom Dabernig, joined David as co-trainer of the vast Lindsay Park operation and brings a wealth of experience to the business.

With their main training base, the private training facility Lindsay Park located just outside of the town of Euroa, north east of Melbourne, they also have stables at Flemington Racecourse (Melbourne) and Randwick Racecourse (Sydney) which enable them to place our horses to maximise the returns to our owners.






KRIS LEES - NEW SOUTH WALES



Newcastle based trainer, Kris Lees has proven he has his father's ability to produce consistent winners. In his first season as a trainer, Kris amassed $2 Million in prize money, was 16th on the Australian trainers list, trained multiple black type and Group successes and Group 1 glory with County Tyrone in the 2004 Metropolitan Handicap. After having been 'thrown in the deep end' at a relatively young age for a horse trainer, in difficult circumstances, Kris Lees and his stable have excelled to become an Australian Turf Racing success story.




DANNY O’BRIEN – VICTORIA



Since taking out his trainer licence in 1995, Danny O’Brien has made his mark as one of Australia’s finest horse trainers as he continually produces outstanding results. With Group and Stakes winners such as Glamour Puss, Master O'Reilly, Star Witness, Douro Valley, Valedictum, Porto Roca, Absolut Glam, Juste Momente, Demerger, Ferocity, Shamrocker, Shamexpress and Shamus Award next to his name, it is not surprising we here at Champion Thoroughbreds grasped the opportunity to form an exciting new partnership with the Flemington trainer.





JOHN O'SHEA – NEW SOUTH WALES



Renowned for his professional no nonsense attitude, John has proven his ability to train all types of racehorses and invariably extract the best out of them. John moved to Sydney in 1995 and served his apprenticeship under the great Tommy Smith. He also had stints with Bart Cummings, Gai Waterhouse and Garry Moore before branching out on his own in 1999 where he enjoyed success with Group 1 performers Charge Forward, Bedouin, Foxwedge and Private Steer amoung many others.

John returned to the public training ranks in August 2017 after spending three successful years as Godolphin's head trainer in Australia. In that time he celebrated more than 550 winners including 10 Group 1 victories with the likes of Astern, It's Somewhat and Exosphere. John is the exclusive trainer for all New South Wales based Champion Thoroughbreds horses.





JOHN SADLER – VICTORIA



Originally from Colac, John Sadler made the move to Flemington in 1986 and was soon recognised as one of the leading trainers in Victoria. He joined Aquanita Racing in 1998, forming a training partnership with Russel Cameron and later Robert Smerdon.

Sadler’s speedy filly Lady Jakeo won the 1993 Blue Diamond Stakes and the 1994 William Reid Stakes while Kenvain completed a trifecta of feature sprint victories in the 1994 Oakleigh Plate. Sadler has trained in Dubai and Singapore and was hired to be the private trainer to Sheikh Khalifa and then Lloyd Williams in Australia where he prepared Efficient to win the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes. More recently John trained Linton to win the Stradbroke Handicap.









ROBERT SMERDON – VICTORIA



Robert has achieved much in his career, both as a young jockey and trainer. His family is stepped in racing tradition over four generations, and have been training horses for over 100 years. Robert is uniquely positioned as a master trainer having won Group One races with sprinters, stayers and jumpers. Season after season his stables churn out winners quite often from moderately bred stock. He has trained Group One winners in all mainland states except Western Australia.

Since joining Aquanita, Robert has won Sydney and Adelaide Cups, two Goodwood Handicaps, A VRC Oaks, Australian Guineas, and Randwick Guineas. His roll call of jumping stars includes five Grand National Hurdle winners, Hyland Bill, Zabenz (the only Australian jumper to win a Group One in America) Some Are Bent, Black And Bent and Brungle Cry. The “Brothers Bent” have each been named Champion Jumper.