Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Paul Is on Track to Build a New Vibrant Training Role

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Paul Is on Track to Build a New Vibrant Training Role

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Byline: Alan Kennedy

RACING: While Paul Curtis admits he has gained a couple of kilograms since his days as an apprentice jockey, he has not lost any of his ability for handling racehorses.

Curtis is a new name around the local racing scene but that doesn't mean he is lacking in experience. Having been apprenticed to his father, a top Western Australian racehorse trainer, he then continued his career nationally and internationally around the racing scene.

It was not as a jockey - Curtis admits he outgrew that ambition, but nevertheless working horses in a career that has seen him work for trainer David Hall, prior to his success with Makybe Diva, before taking off for the United Kingdom where he was based at Newmarket as a travelling foreman for trainer Jeremy Noseda.

"We were looking after competitors from group one races," he said.

Not just racing the tracks in the British Isles but for the big overseas meetings.

"Racing in America, Dubai and Canada," he recalled.

After that three-year stint Curtis returned to work in New South Wales as a stable foreman during which time he worked with two of the big name trainers in John O'Shea and Joseph Pride.

Then he met Anna, a vet who was from the American racing centre of Kentucky, with the couple marrying last year. Anna accepted a post with the Acacia Veterinary Surgery at Yeppoon and that is why Curtis is setting up a business, Curtis Thoroughbreds, in Central Queensland.

Curtis plans to put his experience to good use, training horses capable of competing and winning races, not just locally, but also at metropolitan tracks.

"I'm able to ride my own horses, there is only so much you can see through a pair of binoculars," he said.

"I like to get a feel for my horses as that is a great advantage."

He also believes his experience in preparing horses to race in the heat of Dubai will be an advantage locally. …

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