ROBERT & TODD HARVEY
Robert Harvey was bred to be the success that he is today. Both his Grandfather and Father were gifted horseman and trainers. Robert rode with success early on in his career. He rode over 500 winners including the 1981 Belgravia Stakes winner HUBON. Unfortunately due to increasing weight his career in the saddle was cut short. After his retirement from riding Robert, at the young age of 26 decided to apply for his trainer's licence and with his wife Gail, an accomplished rider having competed in the old Powder Puff Derby races by his side, the pair started their family business.
Starting out is never easy, so the Harveys added pre-training to their services to help with the expenses and it was not long before the winners started to come. Robert is regarded as one of WA's great trainers having produced such wonderful horses over the years in Double Dignity (12 wins), Kalatiara (8 wins), Kentiara (11 wins), Noble Baroness (10 wins), Forward Chief (8 wins), Always A Devil (6 wins) and today is just as bright having Rubitawny and Bontiara flying the flag for the stable.
Robert Harvey has always been a shy, humble man who has always worked hard both in the past and now, he continues to this day to reap the rewards from this very successful training operation.
Todd was destined to be a racehorse trainer with 3 generations of trainers in his family before him and he is now a fourth generation trainer. His Great Grandfather Jack started off the family tradition back in the early 1920's, followed by his Grandfather Bob who was an astute trainer and Todd's father Robert who works closely with Todd each day. Todd grew up in Forrestdale where his Father was training and doing some pre-training before moving to a property at High Wycombe which was the perfect place for Todd to learn how to ride. They stayed on the property until 15 years ago when they decided to set up stables at Ascot and have never looked back.
Todd left school at the age of 16 and commenced working for his Father but he had to start at the bottom of the ladder. This saw him cleaning yards, walking horses, saddling up and riding some slow work.
His Dad was the one who taught him all about training from clocking to the principles of training which he would need to become a successful trainer in this highly competitive industry.
At the age of 20 Todd applied for his licence and became the youngest licenced trainer in Perth at that time. His first winner came with a horse named Cartridge at Mt Barker and his brother Clint Harvey rode the horse to victory. In his short time of training Todd has trained some very nice horses including the retired Lachino, Keystone Lady who looks to be going places and he played a major role in Always A Devil's successes.
An opportunity to travel arose when Kalatiara went to America, Todd accompanied the horse and spent 6 weeks with Ron McAnally which was an eye opening experience. His next learning curve would be taking up an assistant trainer position with Mark Kavanagh in Melbourne for a 9 month period which would see Todd being responsible for 25 staff, co-ordinating track work from the stables and being lucky enough to see Shocking going through his prep and ultimatly winning the Melbourne Cup.
Todd returned to the west and continued on doing what he does best which is training winners. Late last year Todd tried to scoop the $100,000 bonus which was on offer to any horse that could win the Jungle Dawn Classic, the StarstruckClassic and La Trice Classic. His horse Premardal won the 1st two legs but unfortunately for Todd he missed out on the La Trice only being able to finish 2nd. His current horses are all performing well and with Todd's desire to succeed at the highest level it shouldn't be long before he trains his 1st Group 1 winner.
Todd certainly has an eye for a horse having purchased our filly Keystone Rose with my son James for $3,000 at a mixed sale last year. Keystone Rose has now won 3 of her first 4 starts in Perth and nearly $100,000 in stake money.
In his training of Keystone Rose, Todd has shown great skill, patience and diligence. As a lover of horses myself, I’ve also noted Todd cares greatly for his horses welfare and race day presentation is first class.
Todd understands owners like to know what’s happening and how their horses are going . In this regard, Todd has always been knowledgeable, responsive and informative.
Good luck with the great new Website Todd and let’s keep the fun going!!!
- Mark Christie
With a group of close friends, we currently own a 25% share in a Flying Pegasus Colt purchased by Todd at this year’s Magic Millions Yearling Sale. Todd has an enviable strike rate as a Trainer and has been proved to have a very good eye when choosing horses for clients. We are very proud to be associated with such a magnificent looking thoroughbred.
Harvey Racing recently held a function at Belmont Races where we enjoyed meeting syndicate members involved in our horse, as well as those involved in other syndicates. It was a very successful fun time for all involved with Todd producing a winner on the day!
The Harvey Racing Team organise several social functions during the year where clients can get together and socialise. It is great to know that Todd has the help and support of all his family.
We have always been warmly welcomed when visiting the Stables and look forward to a continuing association with The Harvey Racing Team and many more winners!
Cheers & Beers
- Syd & Jude Bell