Fresh from his premiership season at Tabcorp Park Menangle, leading harness racing trainer Shane Tritton has set his sights on bigger targets this term.
Although pleased with his team’s effort at a metropolitan level, Tritton is eager to engage in more feature events, including interstate.
A fitting winner of the final event of the season at Menangle, when successful with Sandys Boy, Tritton topped the premiership with 44 wins, well clear of defending champion, Belinda McCarthy.
“Probably the only thing that I would like to improve on next season is to see the stable become a big player in the big races,” Tritton said. “We had some starters in the big ones and weren't far away, but that is an area for improvement for sure.
“We have around 50 horses in work, and while we have had a bigger team at different times in the past, we have been working on improving the property to ensure we have the facilities to cater for such a big team.”
Tritton was quick to share the accolades by praising his staff and stable driver Lauren Panella, who claimed the Drivers’ Premiership thanks to her 49 wins.
“We are getting the horses worked and are finishing earlier now than we ever have and I put that down to having the right workers around the stable,” Tritton said.
“When you take into account that Lauren was missing for four months of the season, she had a great season statistically as well.”
Unwilling to rest on his laurels, Tritton is already focused on several upcoming features, with stable star Mach Beauty expected to lead the way after he returns from injury.
“Ardghal is due to be back at the trials this week and Suave Stuey Lombo will keep racing through until Christmas,” Tritton said.
“We have had some good news with Mach Beauty because we got a second opinion from a vet in Victoria and they said he could have probably raced on with an issue, but he will still have three months off as a precaution.”