Racing runs through the veins of Nick Ryan and the young Caulfield Trainer was always destined to enjoy a life dedicated to the care of thoroughbreds.

Ryan is a third-generation horseman who as a seventeen-year-old apprentice jockey broke record after record. In 2004/05 he not only became the Victorian Champion Apprentice, he also took out the title of Australian Champion Apprentice.

Ryan had taken the racing world by storm and also won the 2004/05 Victoria Metropolitan Jockey Premiership as a third-year apprentice. In 50 years, only three apprentices have won the Victorian Senior Jockey Premiership in Damien Oliver, Darren Gauci and Ryan.

Following a difficult battle with weight in the saddle, Ryan decided he wanted to embark on a career as a horse trainer. He cut his teeth with some wonderfully gifted horse people at home and abroad, before opening Nick Ryan Racing in 2014.

Ryan put in the hard yards early building his boutique stable, selecting stable favourite Mahamedeis as a yearling for $24,000 and his grand campaigner has gone close to amassing $1,000,000 in stakes, with more to come.

Ryan has a strong and loyal team supporting him in his quest for racetrack success and this year he was awarded the Colin Alderson Rising Star Award for his achievements in 2019/20, which included his first feature with Sircconi in the Listed Winter Championship Final and Mahamedeis in the VOBIS Gold Stayers.

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Place of birth

Most satisfying part of the job

Racing Highlight

Ambition/targets

Most respected opponent

What would you do if you weren’t a trainer

Give us a horse to watch out for

Describe yourself in one word

Which football team do you support

What do you do when you’re not working

Favourite TV Show

Favourite movie

Favourite restaurant

Favourite band/music

Favourite holiday destination

Who would be your guest list to your exclusive dinner party

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Essendon on Friday 13th

Winning

At 17 years old, running 3rd in 2004 Melbourne Cup

To train Group 1’s and more Group 1’s

Peter Moody

Horse Whisperer

Grand Pope

Unassuming

North Melbourne

Sleep/Eat

Ozark

American Sniper

France Soir

Anything live

Hawaii

Al Pacino

Age:
33

Place of birth:
Essendon on Friday 13th

Most satisfying part of the job:
Winning

Racing Highlight:
At 17 years old, running 3rd in 2004 Melbourne Cup

Ambition/targets:
To train Group 1’s and more Group 1’s

Most respected opponent:
Peter Moody

What would you do if you weren’t a trainer:
Horse Whisperer

Give us a horse to watch out for:
Grand Pope

Describe yourself in one word:
Unassuming

Which football team do you support:
North Melbourne

What do you do when you’re not working:
Sleep/Eat

Favourite TV Show:
Ozark

Favourite movie:
American Sniper

Favourite restaurant:
France Soir

Favourite band/music:
Anything live

Favourite holiday destination:
Hawaii

Who would be your guest list to your exclusive dinner party:
Al Pacino

Mahamedeis ridden by Rhys McLeod wins the Laurelle Owens VOBIS Gold Stayers at Caulfield Racecourse on July 25, 2020 in Caulfield, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)
Mahamedeis ridden by Rhys McLeod wins the Laurelle Owens VOBIS Gold Stayers at Caulfield Racecourse on July 25, 2020 in Caulfield, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

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