Bridle the Runners, Saddle the Winners
They often had to break in their own griffins, which for the first few months at least proved to be a bruising experience.
The followings are the records about trainers:
During a members meeting, Mr Henry Humphreys moved that handicap events at the Annual Race Meeting be abolished,
HKJC imported a starting barrier net, with which trainers began practising, and later this contraption of tapes came into regular use in races.
The era of the Russian trainers here dates from the introduction of the ‘Z Class’ pony.
Among the first, carrying such as unofficial title, was Mr N. Tiukavkim (Mr Thomas), who came down to train for Tam Pearce.
He later retired in Australia.
He, like Curreem, never rode, but he was undoubtedly a very successful trainer.
Horses were trained about equally between Russian and Chinese trainers at that time.
Mr Sutton (Clerk of the Course) said the trainers and mafoos had been instructed to take the ponies anti-clockwise along WongNeiChong Road and via the crossroad (Sports Road) past the Golf Club and into the paddock. (At that time tram-cars did not run right around the Valley).
Among some of the documentations appeared for the first time in the racing record a comparative list of trainers.
Most of the leaders every year had been a Russian until the pre-professional racing ended.
1970-05-25, at a meeting of the Stewards, Peter Williams suggested that there be a study and report on the feasibility of introducing professional racing.
However, two trainers who successfully spanned both amateur and professional eras were Russians, George Sofronoff and Nick Metrevelli.
Gone were the days when those openly or secretly hired by big stables did not enjoy the same cachet as present-day trainers and were referred to simply as head of the strappers, or ‘mafoo number one’.
Trainers after WWII and trainers after the Millennium became more important men, who more obviously must not be ignored.
In addition to the day to day care involved such as feeding, caring, stabling and exercising horses, a trainer is also responsible for the race to race tactic, stretgies, riding instructions, year to year selection, auctioning and purchasing new bloods, reporting to owners, and administration aspects such as entering horses to races and their transportations and retirements.
Acknowledgment to Mr Lacuda Mengnah for relevant data.