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

20 Jan 2016

Dixie Blossoms strikes twice!

Dixie Blossoms delievered a fabulous performance at Cantberbury Racecourse on the 30th of December 2015 which was shortly followed by a recent win at Warwick Farm on the 20th of January 2016. In this short time she's delievered a great performance despite having a bad barrier trial due to inexperience. However I am pleased with her perfomance and look forward to the

16 Jan 2016
15 Aug 2015

What’s to say about Peeping

And what can I say about Peeping? I was so proud of her effort to win at Rosehill on Saturday. She was taking on the older horses for the first time and had a lot to do halfway up the straight but she knuckled down and ran past a horse almost twice her size and has won a Grafton Ramornie and a Group 2 at Caulfield. There's not much of Peeping but what there is,

12 Aug 2015

Lucky Can Be winning at Canterbury August 12

  You may have seen Lucky Can Be win at Canterbury last Wednesday. She was second last on the turn but swept down the centre of the track and won by 1.3-lengths and was actually going away on the line. She is a beautifully bred filly. I trained her dam, Yes She Can Can Can, who has gone on to be a tremendous broodmare. Apart from Lucky Can Be (who is unbeaten still), she threw

8 Aug 2015

Boss Lane wins again at Randwick

The stable had three metro winners in the space of a week starting at Randwick when Boss Lane won again and I have to acknowledge Travis' great ride on the horse.

25 Jul 2015

Boss Lane led all the way at Canterbury on Wed 25 July

Boss Lane led all the way under Sam Clipperton for his own brace of winners. "I can only remember the trebles," Quinton laughed when asked about how many Saturday metropolitan doubles he had had. " doesn't , only here. He's raced twice here for two wins, but he won't go at Rosehill. Dubawis, on a worldwide basis, are not wet-trackers and we've got them as wet-trackers in Australia. If you do the stats they're not

25 Jul 2015

Let’s Make It Rain at Canterbury on July 25

Thirty years ago today Ron Quinton rode the very first winner at the Sunshine Coast - and he achieved another landmark with his first Saturday metropolitan double as a trainer at Canterbury. Let's Make It Rain denied the premiership chasing trio of Hugh Bowman, James McDonald and Blake Shinn striking an early blow in the two-year-old opener before Boss Lane led all the way under Sam Clipperton for his own brace of winners.

9 May 2015
21 Mar 2015

Peeping steals the show at Rosehill 21 March

Young jockey Sam Clipperton avoided the early carnage to give the Ron Quinton-trained Peeping a charmed run in winning the Listed The Sebring (1200m) at Rosehill on Golden Slipper day. Race favourite Washington Heights ($3.20 fav) was hampered in the early stages by wayward galloper Music Magnate. The chain reaction which followed saw Snake Charmer and Kumaon knocked virtually out of the race. But up front it was Princefamous leading Mr Bogart, with Clipperton stalking