Queensland trainer Troy Sharpe is having a sensational 2013, racking up winners all over the Sunshine State including an impressive running double in the opening two events at Ipswich last night.
Sharpe has been training full-time for 8 years and has a 40-acre property that includes 70 dog kennels at Churchable, approximately an hour from Ipswich. Sharpe made the decision to quit his job as a construction manager to pursue his passion for greyhound training, with plenty of success to show for his efforts.
‘I came home from work and said to my wife; I’m giving work away and training full time’.
‘Sometimes when I have a bad week, I think to myself I’m mad for giving up a full time job, but I love what i’m doing and wouldn’t be doing anything else’.
Sharpe doesn’t operate his greyhound establishment alone, with the help of wife Sonya, daughters Abbi and Demi, his mum and a full-time employee Shaun.
‘My family helps me out enormously and I definitely couldn’t do it without them.’
‘My wife whelps all the litters and looks after them while they are young and my daughters always help me out at home and the track. Mum gets their dinners ready and helps with their maintenance and we have Shaun, who is a full-time employee.’
The Sharpe family have whelped around 150 dogs over the past year and are no strangers to producing regal bloodlines. Sharpe’s striking list of brood bitches notably includes; Kay Cee Chambers, mother of Kaycee Diva (winner of 17 races) and Kay Cee Power (finalist in 2010 Group Two Maidment Memorial final over 715 and a winner of 24 races). Kaycee Diva is currently 6th on the Queensland progressive point score list for 2013, with Sharpe now training one of her most talented offspring; Black Book Bob. A winner of 24 races from just 60 starts, the son of legendary Queensland sire Surf Lorian, ran a solid second placing last night at Ipswich over the 431m journey.
‘I’ve had a virus that has gone right through my kennel so he just wasn’t himself tonight.’
‘I was really happy with his run tonight and he will be back to his best soon’
Despite Black Book Bob’s stunning success on the track, Sharpe rates his best chaser to date as Kay Size State, a breeding prodigy of legendary racing figure Reg Kay. Kay Size State came to the Sharpe kennels with 4 wins under his belt and would go on to produce another 31 victories across a multitude of tracks and distances, providing endless thrills to his family.
‘‘I got a call to see if I was interesting in buying him and if I could come and watch him trial. He went really well so that’s how I got him and he was great for us’
‘He was just a beautiful dog. He had his own personality and he knew he was good’
‘He was the sort of dog would make a mess on his bed as soon as you got home from the races because he wasn’t happy he got left behind’
‘He’s now in Argentina at stud and has produced a group winner which is great to see’
Sharpe recently contested the Group One Vic Peters series at Wentworth Park with another star of his kennel; Placid Planet. A son of Cosmic Rumble and Bogie Angel, this talented youngster who is just 22 months of age, recorded a scorching 29.86 at Albion Park last month and already has 5 wins to his name from 15 starts.
‘He’s got plenty of ability but still does a lot wrong in his races which is just from experience’
‘He will be a better stayer than a sprinter, so I’ll just keep working on him and hopefully he can keep improving because he’s still very young’
Put the name Troy Sharpe in your black book, as this talented trainer is set to end the year with a bang and continue his run as one of Queensland’s most dominant trainers.