Griffiths Racing has been my life and passion for more than 20 years.
I rode successfully as a jockey before weight issues forced an early retirement but I always knew my purpose in life was to succeed as a thoroughbred trainer.
My unshakeable desire to succeed at the highest level as a trainer drove me during a long and sometimes difficult journey to the top of the sport, which has propelled me into the top 10 in the Victorian Trainers’ Premiership on numerous occasions.
However, Griffiths Racing has only flourished with the wonderful support of my family, friends, staff and clients that have continued to back my vision for more than two decades.
I was born into the game and rode for training greats such as the late Colin Hayes, Bart Cummings, Lee Freedman and other brilliant horsemen, which stood me in good stead and helped me outride my claim within two years. That experience also provided a great springboard for my period in training, which began when I became stable foreman for Tony Vasil in 1991.
A year spent with Tony was a terrific grounding before I was able to observe the best European trainers first-hand to glean further knowledge. I was able to use that knowledge from the moment I gained my trainer’s licence in 1991.
The best measure of a trainer’s success is their record in Group and Listed races and only innovation, patience and attention to detail enables any trainer to compete in the toughest of company. Such an approach has also helped Griffiths Racing cement its place as one of Victoria’s premier stables and produced accolades such as multiple South Gippsland trainers’ titles and a host of stakes wins.
Trainers can’t succeed without having great stock to work with and wonderful horses such as the Moonee Valley legend Dandy Kid, Confederate Kid, Beltrois, It’s Prince, Count To Zero were all outstanding performers in town while Cocinero, Solar Antiquity and Cancanelle took us within touching distance of a Group 1 win. Danzylum, Avionics, Mr Riggs, Dash For Viz and a stack of others have provided us and our clients with some amazing thrills.
Victoria’s Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold schemes have been a key plank of the Griffith Racing rise to the top. I have tailored my buying strategy around the incentive schemes and the great benefits they provide buy doing almost all our yearling purchasing at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and focussing on horses qualified for the scheme at the remaining Australian sales.
The approach has paid off because Griffiths Racing has been the highest earner of Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold bonuses in multiple seasons, which only increases the prizemoney returns to our great client.
Selecting the right type of horse is also vital. I am a perfectionist and will only buy the best stock at the right price. I want the type of horse that will be ready to run early and compete strongly through the VOBIS Gold series, which now lasts throughout a horse’s career, only multiplying the opportunities available to secure great prizemoney.
Stables can only be successful with a great team focused on the task of getting the best out of every horse that walks through the gates. Griffiths Racing has such a team of brilliant staff and consultants on board and will always chase perfection.
Please feel free to contact me on 0418 349 539 or alternatively our office on 0359 952444. Alternatively, all the information is available on our website www.griffithsracing.com.au
Robbie D. Griffiths