Widden Stud Launch Pre-Training and Spelling Facility

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Widden Stud Victoria, in collaboration with renowned horseman Matt Upton, are delighted to introduce our complete pre-training and spelling facility, available to both home and offsite clients.

With years of experience in harnessing the best results from young thoroughbreds, Matt’s resume comprises a formidable list of patrons, including Peter Sidwell of Sutton Grange, Robbie Laing, Andrew Noblet, David Moodie’s Yungaburra and most recently, a decade at Woodside Park. Expertise of this nature is a rare find, and there’s no doubt that Matt will make a meaningful contribution to the success of Widden Victoria’s pre-training division.

Located just 50km from Flemington (an easy 45 minute float ride), interested parties will be able to avail themselves of the modern facilities at Widden Victoria, including a high speed treadmill, water walker, 1600m sand track and starting gates, convenient for trainers from the surrounding area.



The resources on offer will cater for both breaking and spelling, the lush pasture and spacious, tree-lined paddocks the ideal location to freshen up or recuperate horses that are in need of time, as well as educating those embarking on their racing careers.

Matt’s philosophy is based on his understanding of the fundamentals of starting young horses, taking both mental and physical soundness into consideration before they commence racing full time. Schooling and conditioning form the foundation of producing confident, well-balanced racehorses who train on to become champions, and Widden Victoria will provide the perfect nursery from which to build this.

His gentle nature and impressive horsemanship skills have seen Matt mould countless young thoroughbreds into racehorses. His hands-on approach to breaking in and eye for detail will provide clients with the peace of mind to entrust their racing prospects into his care.

Give your horses the headstart they deserve to become the elite equine athletes they were bred to be. Contact Widden Victoria to discuss suitable pre-training options that best meet the individual needs of your horse, based on their fitness, ability and temperament, enabling them to realise their full racing potential.