Local trainer Paul McVicar claimed the recent Finley Autumn Cup at the Berrigan racecourse and now he’s set his sights on the Berrigan Cup in October.
McVicar, who is based at Berrigan, has been training horses since 1987. He started riding horses at the age of seven and his love for the animal grew from there.
His style of horse training came from his previous experiences working at the Lindsay Park Stud under leading Melbourne trainers Colin and David Hayes.
As a small-time bush trainer McVicar said his dream is to win a city race.
‘‘That’s always the goal,’’ he said.
‘‘Berrigan’s in a good location as it’s close to the bigger tracks such as Wagga Wagga, Albury, Bendigo, Echuca, Benalla and Wangaratta.
‘‘You can also enter horse in the novice type tracks like Berrigan and Deniliquin.’’
McVicar returned to training about 12 months ago after a four-year break. He currently has 11 horses in his stable and says he’s excited about what the future holds.
‘‘About four or five years ago I only had the one horse and was doing a lot of work at the Berrigan Golf and Bowls Club.
‘‘But I’ve come back (to training) and I’m really happy with where I’m at.
‘‘At the moment I have 11 horses and I’m confident when I say it’s probably the best quality group of horses I’ve had.’’
McVicar’s biggest win came in 2005 when Otago Road won the Berrigan Cup. Other ‘‘handy’’ horses he’s trained include the Spy Who Shagney and Saint Esprit.
He hasn’t raced a horse since the Autumn Cup victory in mid-March but says he’ll be trackside within the next three weeks targeting meetings at Leeton and Wagga.
McVicar said he loves the sport and was blessed with the gift of being a natural horseman.
‘‘It’s something your born with,’’ he said.