About Ron Quinton

Ron Quinton was a leading figure among Australian jockeys in the 1970s and 1980s. He now ranks among Sydney's leading trainers. A successful Group One trainer with an eye for talent, Ron is focused on bringing out the best of each horse for race day, achieving maximum results with a hands-on approach to training. His stables are located within the Royal Randwick Racecourse complex where each horse has access to some of the best training and conditioning equipment within the industry and a long standing relationships with Centennial Park Veterinary Services: farrier Reg Urving and dentist Kenny Stone.

1970-Ron Quinton and Queen
Ron Quinton was apprenticed to trainer Theo Green, one of Australia’s great masters of young jockeys. Green’s influence and his own natural talent saw Quinton become Sydney’s leading apprentice in 1967. He achieved his first senior premiership in 1969-70, a second in 1976-77, and six in succession between 1978-79 and 1983-84. Ron’s first big race win came on Analie in the AJC Oaks, a race he won in two later years. Ron won Doncasters on Analie and Emancipation, an Epsom on Dalmacia, the W.S. Cox Plate on Kingston Town, and the Victoria Derby on Ravenaux and he shares the record of four wins in the Golden Slipper Stakes with Shane Dye.
In 1988-90 he rode in Ireland for John Oxx, for whom he won the Group 1 Irish St Leger. At the end of his 28 year career, Quinton had ridden 2168 winners, which included 190 feature races and 46 at Group 1 level. Ron was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.
Immediately on retirement, the following day in fact, Ron returned to the racetrack in a different capacity – as a trainer. His move to training was a natural progression for a man so passionate about racing, and he now ranks among Sydney’s leading trainers. Ron gives his time freely to the industry as a whole, being a former member of the Jockey’s Association, and on the Trainer’s Association committee. Ron has contributed to apprentice training and education and is also sought out for advice on a regular basis by the industry. The loyalty of his staff and the horse owners he works are a testimony to his dedication to the industry.
With a competitive spirit and eye for talent, these qualities contribute to his capacity as a leading trainer. In his own words: “… as with everything I do, I am 100% committed to focusing on the job at hand…” – Ron Quinton. Ron’s personal highlights as a trainer was the win of Easy Rocking at the VRC Group One, Salinger Stakes in 2000 and Bulla Borghese winning the VRC Oaks in 2002. Ron continues to train with the same enthusiasm and drive as the day he started.
DAVE BROWN Dave is a new addition to the stables team, he has a wealth of experience in other leading stables. He is a true horseman and an asset to our smaller stable yard.
SAM CLIPPERTON Sam has been with the stables since the age of fifteen and has matured into one of the rising stars in the industry. His natural talent and balance are key to his talent and after many years of hard work he has proven himself to be a jockey to follow.
ELIZA HUGHES Eliza is calm, intelligent, caring and has a true love for horses. The horses couldn’t be in better hands.
STEVEN JEFFRIES Steven has been Ron’s number one track rider from day one of Ron’s career as a Horse Trainer. Steven’s relationship with the stables began well before Ron’s trainer career, with Steven being leading apprentice whilst Ron was leading Jockey for many years. Steven is a true horseman whose judgement is matched with his many years of experience.
TAYLOR MARSHALL Taylor is one of Ron’s latest apprentices He is already showing great potential and natural ability.
ZENA WALSH Zena is a loyal and compassionate member of the Ron Quinton Racing Stables team. Her experience is not limited to her time at our stables, having perviously worked in other leading stables. She is devoted to the care and attention of all the horses with a big smile.
Located in Royal Randwick Racecourse, nestled amongst giant fig trees with an enviable view of Sydney are the boutique racing stables of Ron Quinton. A far cry from the maddening crowd, a horse racing oasis a fence away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You have to envy Ron’s horses box seat not only to the view but also to race day itself. The Racecourse complex also provides the horses with access to some of the best race horse training and conditioning equipment within the industry.
The stable feels like no other. It’s nice to be in there, Ron tells you straight away that the horses seem to like it too. It’s small, intimate and friendly with everyone going about their tasks with an enthusiasm that would be the envy of many organisations. You can see that everyone loves the horses but the biggest heart seems to be Ron. But don’t let him fool you, the stable, with his constant presence, runs like clockwork. When asked what drives him, without pausing Ron’s response clearly is results.
Ron has a hands-on approach on training horses to win. He focuses on bringing out their best and races them when they are ready to win, not by driving them into the turf. He gets to know the temperament of each horse so that he can time their winning potential. Meeting Ron can only be described as a unique pleasure. He looks the part in his tweed cap and relaxed, personable demeanour that horsemen seem to have, and felt only from those that need not prove anything to anyone. He tells it as it is, a life long accumulation of horse racing in bite sized, gold nuggets of wisdom.
“There are not many nicer and more dedicated and talented horsemen in racing than Ron Quinton, and it is the champions like Ronny who make our sport great,’’ Darren Pearce, Australian Turf Club, said. “Whether it be those famous Golden Slipper victories or his Group 1 success as a trainer, Ron has achieved what only a handful of people in racing can claim fame to. Yet he remains forever humble and continues to give so much of his time and wisdom for the betterment of racing.” Ron has a long close connection to race horses, and not just on one level. His life as a world class professional jockey has given him an invaluable, first-hand insight and feel of the race from the reigns.
This edge, this instinct has been translated into training jockeys and race horses with proven results.
It’s a bit like Niki Lauda’s winning combination of diver and technician but without the attitude.


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There has never been a better time to get involved in the Sport of Kings. Prize money levels, particularly in NSW, are at an all-time high in the city, provincial and country races. The advent of BOBS (Breeder Owner Bonus Scheme) has been a great success and gives owners at all levels an extra incentive to race a horse in this State (NSW). Yearling prices have come down – in a lot of cases – so owning a horse, or taking up a share, is now more affordable than it has been in past years. Above all, the best reason to own a horse, whether it be the whole horse or a small share, is fun and excitement. There is nothing like being at the races and watching your horse compete, let alone win. They are memories that will stay with you for ever. Even just getting along to the stable for a visit and a pat is what it’s all about. It is possible to purchase a horse outright, enjoying sole ownership or shared between a family. You may wish to form a partnership with a group of people dividing the ownership into various percentages. This is a common method, preferred by people who love getting together on race day to share the fun and prize money, making a great day out.
I’m more than happy to chat to you about these options including what horse ownership is all about.
All the best, Ron

News Updates

4 Mar 2015

Absolute Empress – Winning three races from her five starts!

Absolute Empress winning at Warwick Farm on March 4th 2015. He has done a great job this preparation winning three races from her five starts including two at Warwick Farm as well as being an unlucky fifth at Randwick in between. Absolute Empress' first win at Warwick Farm coincided with Master Agar's win. He was having only third start and has 58.5kgs so his effort was very good.

18 Feb 2015

Peeping – I am sure she will dig deep within herself!

Peeping wins at Randwick on 18the Feb 2015 Her record is very good and I have always had a good feel for her. She has always wanted to be a racehorse and has very good temperament. Her performances have been very good but she now has to go to a higher grade and I am sure she will dig deep within herself. She will run in the Fireball at Randwick on the 7th March, good

14 Feb 2015

Happy Partner – Winning 14th Feb at Kembla Grange

Happy Partner wins at Kembla Grange on 14th Feb 2015  He has done well, taking a while to mature and has now won a couple of races. As Dave Lamond, Clemence Lee and myself bred him and it's satisfying to see him taking off. Interestingly he was named after David, meaning a happy partner. Very special tribute to our mate.

4 Feb 2015

Absolute Empress on a winning streak

Great achievement at Warwick Farm on Feb 04th and at Gosford on Jan

4 Feb 2015

Master Agar – a host of promise in the future!

Master Agar has taken time and patience so I am delighted to win with him at Warwick Farm on the 4th Feb 2015. He is a host of promise for the future. He will run in about two weeks and that will determine where we head. This horse has upside with this beeing his 1st preparation. I like the horse and he will continue to improve.

29 Jan 2015

Lucky Can Be wins at Hawksbury

LUCKY CAN BE wins at Hawkesbury on Jan 29, 2015. I was thrilled to win with her as I trained the dam, Yes She Can Can Can she is a half sister to Ofcourseican our Group 1 winner of the Coolmore Classic in 2012. This filly has a lot of upside as she will train on.

A special thanks to my team in achieving great results

I'd like to share my race statistics for the current season. In total I've had 66 starters, with nine finishing 1st, five finishing 2nd, ten finishing 3rd and thirteen finishing 4th. In total 37 of the 66 starters have finished in the top 4 place getters. I'm very proud of these results and couldn't have done it without the wonderful team at the stables who ensure that every horse is treated with the upmost of

17 Jan 2015

Nisroc wins at Royal Randwick & Warwick Farm

Fantastic result at Royal Randwick Saturday the 17th of January and Warwick Farm on the 28th Nov 2014. Well done!

27 Dec 2014

Magical Stance dazzles at Canterbury

Magical Stance had a great win at Canterbury Race Course on the 27th of December.

19 Nov 2014