There was not a prouder young man at Surfers Paradise on Tuesday morning for the barrier draw of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic than Jack Livingstone.
Jack was one of 21 who went up on stage in front of the massive crowd to draw a barrier for their select horse for the $2 million show-piece race this Saturday afternoon on the Gold Coast.
Young Jack picked up gate five – which he was pleased with – for Bel Esprit gelding Thelwell, who his mother Sharryn trains out of Deagon.
In a race like the Magic Millions, the biggest spending stables and ownership groups from around the world annually descend on Queensland to try and lift the famous trophy in January.
Jack was beaming with pride about his mum’s achievement of landing a galloper in a race against some of the top juveniles in the world, just a couple of years after taking out her trainers licence.
“It really is great when she only has a couple of horses in work and one of them has made it here,” Jack said after he selected barrier number five.
“I am very proud.”
The former track work rider, who is now trying her hand at training, has four gallopers in her barn and she is happy with that number because as she explains, the float she owns only holds four horses, so she isn’t keen to expand her team any time soon.
She prides herself on using her own training methods to give her team of horses a personal touch.
They are regularly taken to the beach and trained in ways race horses are not usually prepared for races, including going through obstacles, walking over bridges, opening gates, walking through water, carrying stuff and cross country.
Sharryn is still pinching herself that Thelwell has gained a start in the 2YO Classic this Saturday afternoon.
“It is surreal to be honest, we all dream of coming here with a two-year-old,” Sharryn said.
“I am still trying to take it all in and I do not think it will hit home until next week until it is all done.
“It proves that you do not need to be a big stable to get a good horse, I just have been lucky.”
– Racing Queensland