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 De Kock Racing has such a team of brilliant staff and consultants on board and will always chase perfection.
Multiple Group Winning Trainer
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 De Kock 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.
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, CANCANELLE and ANGELIC LIGHT took us within touching distance of a Group 1 win. It was THE QUARTERBACK who gave us our first Group 1 victory in the Newmarket Handicap. DANZYLUM, AVIONICS, MR RIGGS, DASH FOR VIZ, FIDELIA, MR MONEY BAGS, HALVORSEN and a stack of others have provided us and our clients with some amazing thrills.
“Griffiths De Kock Racing has been my life and passion for more than 20 years.”
Victoria’s Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold schemes have been a key plank of the Griffith De Kock 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 De Kock Racing has been the highest earner of Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold bonuses in multiple seasons, which only increases the prize money 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 prize money.
Robbie D. Griffiths
Mathew De Kock
Mathew was born into the Racing Industry with his Grandfather a famous South African Jockey, his mother following in those footsteps and his father, Mike de Kock, the leading trainer in South Africa. Mike got involved with Equestrian horses during his time in the Army.
Although born into the racing world, Mathew didn’t work in the stables growing up. His main passion was golf and upon finishing school he planned to go to America to study and play golf for a college. In the 9 months between finishing school and starting college, he decided to work in the stables. Mathew was clearly bitten by the bug and decided not to go ahead with the plans to move to America to pursue his passion for golf. Instead, he started working for his father Mike de Kock, leading South African trainer, who has trained 126 Group 1 winners. During his 10 years at the stable, Mathew not only gained experience and knowledge from his father but was also lucky enough to experience racing on an international level traveling to Dubai, America, UK, Hong Kong etc.
At only 29 years of age, Mathew has managed to build up more knowledge than some trainers would only dream of.
Our staff are an integral part of the success of Griffiths De Kock Racing. They are professionals in their field and dedicated to maximising the potential of all our horses
Sarah has grown up in the industry having lived on an agistment property on the Mornington Peninsula her whole life. She previously worked for the Australian Racing Museum before coming to Griffiths De Kock Racing where she has been since January 2010. Sarah enjoys going to the races and getting to know all of the owners. Sarah is Robbie’s personal assistant but is also responsible for the social media accounts and our bi annual magazine.
Sylva has an extensive background in accounts and previously worked for Sirecam. She started with Griffiths De Kock Racing in November 2019 and is enjoying the new challenges of the racing industry. Her favourite animal at Griffiths De Kock Racing is definitely Arthur the cat, but she also has a soft spot for Halvorsen.
Jack started his career in horse racing from a young age, through his family’s involvement in breeding and racing of thoroughbreds. Jack followed his father around, who is a well-respected animal vet in Tasmania, inspecting broodmares and foals, which over time built into a passion for him.
After finishing year 12, he decided hands-on experience would be great to strengthen his knowledge and skills. Over time he was lucky enough to gain experience at successful racing/breeding establishment such as, Darley/Godolphin and Woodside Park. He learnt a multitude of different skills, which have been pivotal in his development and skill set.
He ventured back to his hometown of Launceston in Tasmania for a couple of years, where he took up a career in multiple professions including, commercial real estate and a stock agent role. After gaining further experience and skills, he was offered a role at Aquis Farm in nominations in the Hunter Valley, which was excellent for his development of bloodstock and industry knowledge. After spending time at Aquis, he was head hunted by Griffiths de Kock racing. This was an opportunity he could not refuse. Jack loves his role and talking about horses with Clients.