CORINELLA and Cranbourne-based horse trainer Shea Eden enjoyed the biggest success of his career to date at Caulfield last Saturday, when his explosive mare Ocean Embers stormed to victory to claim the $150,000 Group Three Ladbrokes Cockram Stakes.
The win marked Shea’s first stakes success and saw his premiership standing rise from 34 to 13 in the Victorian Trainer’s Premiership.
While the pint-sized mare’s rise to prominence may have caught a few onlookers by surprise, after winning three of her four starts to take her record to four wins and a second from just seven runs, it came as no surprise to Shea.
“I’ve planned for this sort of result. Everything I have done in the past three years has been aimed towards getting results like this in town, winning group races and growing our business,” he said.
“To unearth an exceptional talent like Ocean Embers, arguably the most exciting sprinting mare in the country, is just a bonus and one that I’ll happily take!”
Shea’s rise has been as carefully planned as Ocean Embers’ spring preparation.
He hasn’t rushed to grow his stable beyond its means and hasn’t tried to outrun important experience and knowledge that only comes by making mistakes.
“I was a chippie, a builder by trade but I loved horses and always wanted to work with them,” he said.
“I decided if I was going to give it a go, I’d better learn how to do it right just like a trade apprenticeship.”
He sought out trainers and horsemen that he believed could help him gain that knowledge including renowned trainer Mick Kent, and set out on his own from a humble property at Corinella.
Now in command of a growing team at his Cranbourne base, with an increased interest in his stable and the horses he has on offer for shares, Shea has risen to 13th in the trainer premiership rankings as a result of Ocean Embers’ win.
Shea is now looking to the Group 3 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on October 8 for Ocean Embers’ next run and if her current form is anything to go by, the stable and owners will have more to celebrate.
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