Former Jockey Lands Maiden Training Success

21
Sep

Campbell McCallum is on the board as a trainer, celebrating his first win at Belmont on Wednesday.

The former jockey prepared Prescience to win the Amelia Park Handicap (2000m) and said it was a major relief.

“It’s pretty good and a bit of a relief,” McCallum told Tabradio.

“It’s taken us a little while and was getting frustrating after running so many places.

“But it’s good to finally get the win on the board.

“It’s been a long road to get where I am.

“All the hard work is starting to pay off.”

McCallum’s maiden training success came almost 12-months after he was granted a license and five years since he gave away life in the saddle.

In a riding career spanning 10 years, McCallum booted home 194 winners.

His biggest wins came in 2012 when he partnered Werd in the Listed WATC Stakes (1100m) and Zester in the Listed Bolton Sprint (1200m).

In his final meeting as a jockey McCallum rode Central Park to win the 2014 Broome Cup (2200m).

He said he is relishing the transition from jockey to trainer.

“I’m really enjoying this side of the fence,” McCallum said.

“When I was riding I had a pretty keen interest in it as well.

“I was always learning about different side of training.

“I was fortunate to learn from different people all over Australia.

“I think it has helped me moving forward.”

While Prescience sneaked under the radar of punters as the $24 outsider, his surprising win didn’t come as much of a surprise to McCullum.

Despite not being sighted in three runs back and finishing last in the Apprentices’ Cup (2200m) on September 31, he had high expectations.

The former British galloper came to McCallum after a stint with premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller.

“We’ve learnt a fair bit about him,” McCallum said.

“He is quite a nice stayer in the right sort of races.

“He can stay all day and is placed up to 2800m.

“Maybe we can look at the WA Cup over 3200m.”

Julio Santarelli