Trainer Profile

As a 14-year-old in the late 1970's Mark Young became apprenticed to Epsom trainer Ray Hutchins, but after increasing weight thwarted his riding career, he worked with leading Hamilton trainer, Jack Barling for a number of years before heading to Sydney.

He began working in Sydney with trainer Tommy Smith at Tulloch Lodge and enjoyed his time with the stable, working with some of the finest horses at the time, such as Kingston Town and Mighty Kingdom. He took on a dual role working with Tommy Smith, breaking in horses before they arrived at Tulloch Lodge.

From there Mark moved to trainer Bart Cummings' stable in Sydney. He gained some insights into horses from Bart and enjoyed his relaxed style.

Mark Young eventually went out on his own where he established a reputation for his placement of horses. He set up his stable on a farm at Colac, Victoria, which provided him with diversity in what sort of work he could give his horses. He started off well, managing to consistently have a good horse in his stable that won races. He has always been able to unearth a horse of significant ability from limited numbers.

Mark ensures he maintains a manageable amount of horses in his care to enable him to have a hands on approach to training. His love of his work and excellent horsemanship keeps him motivated and driven. Mark enjoys the personal satisfaction of watching his hard work come to fruition, when his horses find their form on the race track and especially the relationships he shares with his owners.

Mark and his family have moved to Anakie, near Lara Geelong on an amazing Property set up for Training and pre training racehorses.