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Trainer Regan Todd’s road from Wyndham to Woodend led him to a 100-win milestone at Forbury Park on Sunday.
Todd got to 100 wins on New Zealand soil when King Of Heroes scored a deserved win for driver Tim Williams.
The Southland born horseman’s career has taken off recently, with 71 of his 100 wins coming in the past three seasons.
Before then, Todd trained a small team of his own while overseeing the beach training arm of Mark Jones’ stable.
That progression has given him an introduction to stable management that set him up for further success, Todd said.
“I never had more than four or five horses of my own before having a bigger team for the last three seasons.”
“It is probably good the way things have worked up, to build up over time and get a clientele behind you.”
“I am very lucky in that respect, I have got some great owners.”
Prior to working with Jones and becoming the man behind former star trotter, Master Lavros, Todd gained experience with Brendon McLellan and David and Catherine Butt.
The experience he gained at those three stables also gave him a strong platform for success, the trainer said.
“I have been pretty lucky working for Jonsey.”
“I also spent three Davey and Catherine Butt and they put me on some very nice horses.”
“That probably gave me the confidence to give things a crack.”
“Before that, Snow [McLellan] kept me in line when I was a young fellow.”
The combination of Todd’s undoubtedly ability as a trainer and the band of owners he has gathered has seen his stable’s success has continued to grow since he branched out on his own.
Last season he notched a personal best 27 wins, following tallies of 26 and 18.
Todd has ticked off a training 100 winners in New Zealand and kicked the goal every trainer strives for – training a group 1 winner.
His two Australasian Breeders Crown race victories with Show Gait mean Todd trained a total of 29 winners, last season, and his total career haul stands at 102 wins.
With two big goals already checked off, Todd’s sights are firmly on the new season.
“I’d like to keep building the team up, I thought that getting to 30 wins would be a good goal for this season.”
The trainer got off to the perfect start in chasing down that target, as King Of Heroes was his first starter for the new term.