Keith Dryden-Scott Collings Form Training Partnership
Keith Dryden and Scott Collings will train horses in partnership next racing season out of stables in Canberra and Goulburn.
Canberra-based Dryden says the joining makes good sense given the business and travel demands required these days for a successful training business.
“I’m 70 now, and there’s a lot more work involved for trainers these days; a lot more race meetings; and you just can’t keep travelling all the time,” Dryden says.
“The week before last we had Canberra on the Friday, Sydney Saturday, Wagga on Monday and Nowra on Tuesday; I was back to Sydney again Wednesday, and we were at Goulburn on Friday and the Sapphire Coast Sunday.
“There’s so much work in it and this can now be shared.”
Dryden says Collings is a horseman, a good judge and a good person.
“He will bring a lot to the business and it’s a positive step for both parties.
“We will be a one-stop-shop now for our clients. We can break our own horses — Scott breaks-in and rides work — and he’s an excellent trainer in his own right.
“At this stage we will run two stables. We have rented boxes on the Goulburn track and Scott will have his horses there.
“He already pre-trains for me anyway and I expect Scott will come down to us a couple of days a week.”
Dryden hopes the partnership will mean that both parties will finally be able to take a holiday.
“As Scott and his wife Deb said, when we first sat down to talk about it, ‘we had a week off when we got married and haven’t had a day off since.’
“And we find the same thing here. In 11 years Trish and I have had just one ten-day-period off…”
Dryden says he had 24 horses in work at any one time and about 50 on the books. He says Collings has about ten in training, so they expect to have some 35 in work.
“The plan is when horses are about three weeks off a run they will come to the Canberra stables, and the fortunate thing is that both tracks have excellent facilities. Horses will be swapped between stables as required.
“Scott’s wife Deb is joining the team along with Melissa Kennedy whose been working with Scott, so we have all bases covered.”
Dryden says he’s been happy with the stable’s success in the 2015-16 racing season.
“I’m running second on the Canberra trainer’s premiership behind Matt Dale and we won it last year, and we’ve had plenty of winners all over.”
Earlier this week Collings took out the iconic Jungle Juice Cup at Cessnock with [n]Ultima Chance[/n].