Ask Nick Cox what he’s noticed most since his retirement from training and it’s time and weather.
“There are no more early starts and getting up at the crack of dawn,” Cox told The Races WA.
“It’s nice to be able to get up later than what I have been used to.
“There is also a bit of an extra chill in Melbourne, it’s a little bit cooler.”
Cox is back in Melbourne, almost a decade after arriving in Perth.
He intended going home at some stage, but it took longer than he expected or anticipated.
Cox came to the west with his Irish-wife Elaine and sons, Cormat and Oisin, to run a satellite stable for Victorian trainer, Tony Noonan.
That set up lasted for around three years before Noonan elected to wind up his Ascot stables and Cox branched out on his own.
It seemed the logical step for the son of a bookmaker, who had built up a wealth of racing knowledge since leaving Assumption College.
He carved out experience working for Willie Jarvis and Sir Michael Stout in England and Lee Freedman and Tony Vasil in Victoria.
He also teamed up with Hall Of Fame trainer D.Wayne Lucas while travelling in California.
But the relentless nature of training thoroughbreds eventually wore Cox down.
Despite an extensive racing resume, it was time for a change in direction.
“It’s just a daily grind, each and every day,” Cox said.
“I was always going back home at some stage and now seemed the right time.
“I will still maintain an interest in racing as a bloodstock agent, so I will still have a hand it in it.
“I also have some business ideas that I want to pursue before I get too much older.
“It can be difficult for small stables to have the consistency that you need.
“When you go to the sales and buy three or four yearlings you need early results.
“Bigger stables have the luxury of a bit more time.
“I enjoyed my time in Perth and the racing there is strong.”