Rookie trainermay work full-time at the Australian Taxation Office, but despite what you may think through name and career, it’s not all about the money for the Devon Meadows harness racing trainer.
In fact, last week the fledgling horseman trained his first winner in Magic Muscle and he was quick to rate it amongst his fondest memories.
“It was an amazing feeling. I’ve played in a football and cricket premiership and it was every bit as good as them I can promise you,” Cashman said.
But his journey into the trots isn’t a conventional one.
The 40-year-old wasn’t born into horses; it was a sporting career cut short that was the catalyst for a late entry into training and driving horses.
“I worked with Rob Auber for a long time and got involved in owning horses. Through that I got interested in the sport and learnt about the course you can do at Warragul so I took nine months off work and went down there,” Cashman said.
“It was an enormous decision and if not for the confidence that Des Hughes I could easily have not done it.”
Completing the course in 2009, it was then time to find a trainer to learn from, luckily that turned out to be Gordon Turner.
And Turner had a horse sitting at home who needed time to develop, eventually, when Cashman’s first horse broke down, Turner decided to hand the reins over to the fledgling trainer.
“I moved to the Cranbourne training centre which is just fantastic and Gordon always said he had this horse sitting out in the paddock,” Cashman said.
“Although she was bred to pace he always thought she could trot so we brought her in as a seven-year-old and it’s gone on from there.”
The win was just desserts too. The 4.30am mornings and long days at the tax office are the sign of a man willing to work hard at his craft.
Now, attention will turn to Shepparton tonight where that little mare Magic Muscle heads into a heat of the Lyn McPherson Memorial Bronze series.
For Cashman though, it’s simply about keeping the ball rolling.
“The mile should suit her if she can get a run through because she just wants to run,” he said.
“Hopefully the dream can continue.”
by Blake Redden
Harness Racing Victoria