As one door closes, another one opens.

That’s Todd Harvey’s mindset as he prepares to walk away from racing.

After training horses for nearly two decades, he will retire at the end of the month.

A fourth-generation horseman, it’s a sport that has consumed Harvey and his family for years.

But although he steps into uncharted territory, Harvey is looking forward to the next stage of his life.

He says he leaves racing on his own terms and with no regrets.

“I love horses and I love racing, but it’s just got a bit on top of me,” Harvey told The Races WA.

“I was thinking to myself the other day I’ve had two weeks off in six years.

“I just feel like it’s time and I’d been thinking about it for a while.

“I will try and have it wound up by the 30th of June and the end of financial year.”

The Harvey’s are one of the most recognisable and respected racing families in WA.

Harvey’s father, Rob Jr, was an accomplished jockey and trainer, who racked up more than 50 years of racing experience.

His reputation as a trainer enhanced when Kalatiara won the G2 WA Guineas (1600m) and Listed Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m).

Harvey Jr, who teamed up with his son for a couple of seasons, sadly passed away last year, 12-months after handing in his trainer’s license.

Despite a variety of factors that have led to Harvey’s departure call, he says the loss of his father has taken an emotional toll.

“Look, it’s been a really hard 12 to 18 months,” Harvey said.

“I’ve had a pretty traumatic time.”

Harvey admits racing has left him close to mental and physical exhaustion.

Coping with personal tragedy and juggling the demands of a busy stable environment have proven relentless.

“It’s just a seven day, 24 hour a week job.

“I’m tired and a bit burnt out.

“It’s a really, really full time job.

“It’s not that I don’t enjoy it or love it, but it’s draining and was starting to get a bit on top of me.

“I’m just ready for a break and a bit of a change.

“It’s time to step away rather than it completely break me.”

After a lifetime of living and breathing racehorses, Harvey is looking forward to a break in routine.

He’s uncertain on what might come next, but racing and horses will forever remain close to his heart.

“I’ll hang on to my property at Ascot, I’ll lease it out,” Harvey said.

“In 12 months or two years if I want to come back to it I can.

“I will probably be lost for a little while.

“Since I could walk I remember having horses in the back yard.

“But the horses will always be here.”

Julio Santarelli