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'Beyond The Gates' - Cranbourne training centre

03:59 PM 27 Nov 2017 NZDT
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Jason Bonnington heads to Cranbourne Harness Racing Club​ to chat with trainer Mick Hughes in episode four of Beyond The Gates.

Great camaraderie and access to first-class facilities make Cranbourne's trots training centre a terrific place to toil, Mick Hughes told Beyond The Gates.

The leading Cranbourne trainer, who spoke to Jason Bonnington for Trots Media's program that takes viewers into trainers' stables, has spent four years at Cranbourne Harness Racing Club's facility and said "things are just building".

"It has been really good," Hughes said. "We've got a good group. If you ever get stuck or need a hand or you want to work two or three together there is always a Simone or Terry or Casey or Rick to help out and jump in and drive one for you. If you are home alone, you often think gee I wish I had a couple more here to work with."

WATCH: EPISODE FOUR OF BEYOND THE GATES FEATURING MICK HUGHES

Hughes said since he arrived at the Cranbourne facility, which sits in the south-west corner of the tri-code racecourse, his stable had increased from 10 horses to 18 and he had benefitted from accessing the club's shared facilities.

"They've got the swimming pool, walker and the treadmill, which (Cruisin Around) spends a bit of time on when he's jogging, otherwise you jog him in the cart he doesn't really relax as much. That's where having those things is very handy."

Cruisin Around returned on Saturday night and ran a stoic sixth from his back row draw in his Tabcorp Park Melton trot, when he was returning from an almost seven months spell. Hughes spoke fondly of the five-year-old in Beyond The Gates.

"Apart from the first week, he was just A1," he said. "As much as he can be a real pain in trying to gear him up ... as soon as you get him in the cart he is just a totally different horse.

"Every time you wanted to do some work he just did it with ease. He gave you a really good feel and has gone on with the job."

Previous episodes of Beyond The Gates:

Episode one: Kari Males

Episode two: Brent Lilley

Episode three: Steve Cleave

Michael Howard (HRV Media/Communications Co-Ordinator)

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