Agistment / Breaker / Pre-training / Training

Horse breaking in

Ledger Racing & Adrian Park

Ledger Racing and Adrian Park Agistment in Wangaratta Victoria look after Blueblood’s Victorian based spellers, pre-trainers and breakers in work.

Over the years Ledger Racing and master horseman. John Ledger has broken in, educated, pre-trained and agisted some of Victorian racing’s premier thoroughbred stock for Australia’s premier trainers.

Adjoining the Wangaratta race course and set on a tranquil 20 acre property Ledger Racing own and operate a modern 55 open air barn racing stable complex, complete with the following training facilities;

– 100 metre swimming pool
–  8 horse undercover motorised walker
– two undercover round yards
– square sand arena
– 19 day yards
– private trot/canter track
– equine treadmill
– newly installed water walker
– picking paddocks
– trainers tower

Blueblood Thoroughbreds spells our Victorian elite racing team at Adrian Park Agistment. This is located 20 minutes away from Wangaratta Turf Club. A beautiful and unique horse country comprises of over 200 acres in the scenic and peaceful area of Killawarra along the Ovens River. Catering to all forms of agistment including mare and foal, weanling, yearling, racing stock and complete with stallion paddocks. It also has veterinary surgery recovery yards.

Adrian Park Agistment and Ledger Racing combine to offer a complete education, pre-training, training and agistment package. Blueblood Thoroughbreds have elected to utilise the outstanding facilities and services at Adrian Park Agistment.

John Ledger

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John Ledger and his son, Chris Ledger are multiple group and listed winning trainers. They operate one of the largest and most successful country stables currently in operation. A regular success in the city is complemented by John Ledger and his sons’ great horsemanship in training, breaking, pre training and educating a team of 50 plus horses.

John Ledger has been involved with horses since the age of 10 and was a talented equestrian rider. John often competing at a very high level of show jumping on a semi professional basis around the East Coast of Australia. He competed at both Sydney and Melbourne Royal shows. Also World Cup events held in Victoria and NSW, winning and placing in many events and representing Victoria and Australia in New Zealand on numerous occasions.

John Ledger’s first big break as a thoroughbred trainer came in 1996 when he purchased a Blazing Sword filly later to be named Blaze the Turf winning his first listed and then Group race. Success continued to follow on over the next few years and then when Johns brother George died from Cancer and his best clients and family friends asked John Ledger to train George’s exciting young stayer, Brave Chief. The next 5 years were a sad but successful time with him winning 18 races and almost 1 million dollars in prize money, including the 2000 Group 2 Sandown Classic in Australasian record time for 2400metres.

8 Races at Moonee Valley including listed JRA Cup, Cranbourne Cup, Wodonga Cup.

Ledger Racing’s other successful horses included:

  • Blaze the Turf- Winner of 4 races including Group 3 Autumn Stakes, Group 3 Zeditave Stakes Placed, Listed Hareeba Stakes
  • Mind Your Head – Winner of 8 races including the Group 3 Rubiton Stakes, Listed Christmas Stakes, Listed Anniversary Vase.
  • Soleil- Winner of 7 races including Listed Christmas Stakes.
  • About Face- Winner of 6 races including Listed Victoria Cup.
  • Romantic Lover- Winner of 10 races. Including Listed Hareeba Stakes
  • Don’t Tell Em – Multiple Sandown and Flemington Winner.

John Ledger himself has won a monthly section of the prestigious Fred Hoystead Trainer of the Year Award. On three occasions he has been nominated for this award. In late 2011 John Ledger’s son Chris Ledger joined his father in a training partnership and together. Training a further 7 winners added onto already impressive tally for the 2011-2012 season. This highlighting the success of the new partnership in its maiden year.

Mitch Newman – Super Newman Racing

Blueblood Thoroughbreds utilises the pretraining expertise of Mitch Newman of Super Newman Racing for our Sydney based horses. Based at Hawkesbury racecourse in the metropolitan region of New South Wales, Sydney – Super Newman Racing are located in close proximity to the many racetracks the State offers.

Mitch and his team are based nearby to the racecourse and have full access to the on-course facilities provided by the Racing Club which include a variety of training tracks and modern tools.

Super Newman Racing Facilities Include:
  • 20 horse barn
  • 8 post and rail yard with shelters
  • Sand roll
  • Round yard
  • Hawkesbury training complex
  • 6 horse walker
  • Swimming pool
  • Scales
Swapping the saddle for the stopwatch in 2006 Mitch Newman set out with the ambition to provide a premium training service with a work ethic to match.

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Claiming the Apprenticeship Title his master also won on multiple occasions, Mitch under Ron Quinton shone through the New South Wales riding ranks with his incredible knack for horses. With his mantelpiece filling with raceday silverware the infectious talent lost his ‘battle with the bulge’ much to the disappointment of the Sydney riding ranks.

These days the cabinet is being filled with silverware of a different kind in his quest to further enhance his résumé from his Hawkesbury based stable. With 10-15 horses in work at any one time Mitch aims to provide a boutique and hands-on training experience focusing on attention to detail.

With a reputation for being a particular, passionate and gifted horseman Mitch has turned these skills into an asset in the Horse Racing industry. Mitch recognizes that raceday strategy and placement of his horses is just as paramount as there condition.

Working on the mission statement ‘the harder you work the luckier you get’ you can ensure Mitch will be going the extra mile to ensure each of his thoroughbreds is given every opportunity to succeed on the racetrack.

Evergreen Stud Farm

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Gordon Pratt and Evergreen Stud farm is a facility that Blueblood Thoroughbreds utilises to break in our horses. Evergreen Stud Farm is situated on some 500 acres of prime river flats fronting the Hunter River. It is blessed with abundant water and the area enjoys good rainfall resulting in lush pastures all year round.


The racing section of Evergreen Stud Farm offers Pre-Training and Breaking-In Services, with the facilities including:

  • 80 boxes
  • Synthetic and grass training tracks
  • Horse walker
  • Treadmill