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Rick Page Racing is based at Wendle Park in Drysdale and trains out of the Geelong Racecourse. Rick Page Racing works on the following key philosophies:

  • Give each horse every opportunity to succeed
  • Involve owners with their horse’s development
  • Maintain each horse’s health using the best natural and conventional techniques

Despite its size, Wendle Park has all the necessary facilities to ensure the horses are prepared as well as any. The property boasts features that many stables would be envious of:

  • 1200m gallop track
  • Horse pool
  • Zamar cryotherapy systems
  • Undercover day yards
  • Outdoor day yards
  • Quarter acre paddocks

Horses receive only the best extruded feed from Mitavite, and are given supplements from the ACS Equine Management range.  Intestinal health is the best way to stave off illness and infection, so no cost is spared in feeding all horses.

Rick Page Racing limits the number of horses in training at any one time in order to ensure that we are able to carefully monitor and manage the individual requirements of each horse. Rick Page lives on site, so each horse becomes and extended part of the family and is cared for as if it was Rick’s own.

About Rick

Rick is a horseman, from a family of horsemen. He grew up on horses, surrounded by people who were involved in the equine industry. He has a natural affinity with the animals and he develops bonds with every horse he cares for. This is what separates Rick from many modern trainers.


Rick’s horse history starts out the same as many others’. Growing up in Pony Club, he went onto to Showjumping where he competed and coached at an elite level. He broke in horses for local trainers before the lure of becoming a trainer was too much to resist.    


In his quest for knowledge Rick established a relationship with Dermot Weld through friend and early mentor Niall Phillips. Rick was Media Puzzle’s strapper in the iconic Melbourne Cup victory of 2002.  Following that, Rick went and spent time with Dermot in Ireland to learn from the man who is widely considered to be one of the best trainers in the world. Rick maintains this relationship to today, and assisted Dermot with his 2012 Cup hopeful Galileo’s Choice.


Without the support of any wealthy owners or backers, Rick started training the hard way, by buying his own horses with his family. Most of the time these were problematic horses that other trainers and owners had given up on.  Without the best bloodstock, Rick has developed a patience and eye for detail that ensures he gets the best out of each horse. With more promising horses now coming into the stable, Rick’s thoroughness is resulting in success on the track.

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Horses

Some highlights of Rick's training career include:

Good Story
Good Story is a Good Journey gelding who shot to local fame with an outstanding win on debut.  Coming from last, Good Story rounded the field and won by a length and a quarter over 1200m at Geelong.  He has since gone on to have another win and place from 7 starts.

Good Story has not been without his challenges. Ongoing battles with high white blood cell counts eventually led Rick to Col Shorter at ACS Equine Management. After trying numerous conventional treatments, it was the ACS products that solved the issue. They allowed Good Story’s body to heal itself and his bloodwork has been outstanding since.


Good Story was unfortunately struck down by bone chips after a solid second place in Geelong over 1300m.  Following surgery to remove the chips, Good Story was put on the Zamar system and recovered extraordinarily well.


The time and care taken in getting Good Story to the track is a perfect example of Rick’s persistence and eye for detail. 


Loves Long Journey
Another Good Journey progeny, Loves Long Journey recently retired with 3 wins and 8 placing from 24 starts. She was never considered to be much as a weanling, only attracting $4,000 at the Inglis sales, however Rick and Loves Long Journey gave the owners some memorable wins.

Now retired, Loves Long Journey has been served by Melbourne Cup winner Americain.

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Ownership

Rick Page Racing is always looking for new owners.

Rick’s owners get outstanding access to their horses, and Rick is always willing to speak with owners, no matter how big their share is. Part of the excitement of owning a thoroughbred is the opportunity to form a relationship with the horse. Rick is happy for owners to come and visit their horses at his property and encourages everyone to come to track-work and jump-outs to see their horse in action in preparation for racing.

Rick is available to offer advice on buying a horse. If you would like an experienced horseman to inspect a prospective purchase, Rick will work with you to find a sound horse for your budget.

Contact us

Wendle Park, 371 Princess Street
Drysdale, VICTORIA 3222

Phone Rick on: 0422 258 270

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: RickPage_Racing
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wendlepark