Whipp on the move
Whipp On The Move
South Coast trainer Greg Whipp has recently relocated to Canberra and will switch his horses to the care of leading trainer Len Hodgson.
Whipp was offered a job in the nations capital that was too good to refuse and has already commenced work for a local builder as a carpenter leaving him to take a smaller role in the training of his smart gelding Bengello.
Whipp, who is the older brother to successful jockey Jessie said he had no problems switching Bengello to Hodgson but would still play a role in the horses future.
“The job in Canberra was too good to knock back and I’ve known Len for some time and didn't hesitate one bit to switch him over to his name,” Whipp said.
“I'm still planning on coming in and riding him work and helping out Len wherever possible but just needed to take a backward step and really concentrate on the job at this time.”
Whipp had only had his training license for just on 18 months but showed he had a bright future with several winners including a win at the Sapphire Coast and Wagga with stable star Bengello.
“It's a tough game to stick at with so many costs involved and problems that can occur but once you get one that can gallop a little bit then it certainly makes things easier,” he said.
“I always thought this bloke could run a bit and it took him a little while before the penny dropped but his two wins last preparation were good and I think the best is ahead of him.”
For Hodgson it was a warm welcome to the stable for the son of Murphy's Blue Boy after disappointingly loosing several smart gallopers from his stable including progressive galloper Harry The Drover.
“It was a bit disappointing to loose a couple of those horses but that’s racing and I still have a good number of horses in the stable,” Hodgson said.
“I have to admit I don't really no a lot about this horse but credit to Greg because when the horse arrived off the float he looked in magnificent condition.”
A start at the Wagga meeting on Friday was planned but after arriving in Canberra the four-year old has been a touch off his feed and it was decided to wait until the horse was familiar with his new surroundings.
“He's taken his time to settle in and hasn't been on his feed as we would have liked so we will wait and look at starting him at the next Canberra meeting,” Whipp said.
“I've got another mare that came along with Bengello but she is still a little while off but fingers crossed they can both measure up and make our stay in Canberra that bit more enjoyable.”