David Joice has worked under the likes of Gai Waterhouse and is now ready to make his mark

Brad Davidson, Gold Coast Bulletin

July 25, 2016 

Perdu (centre) continued David Joice's promising start to his training career at the Gold Coast on Saturday. Picture: Trackside Photography.

HE learnt his craft under some of racing’s biggest names and now David Joice is determined to make it on his own.

 

The 37-year-old has only been a horse trainer in his own right since March and continued his promising start when Perdu won the Maiden Handicap (1100m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

 

It was Gold Coast-based Joice’s second victory from his first 14 starters but the strong start should come as no surprise considering the names Joice has learnt his trade under.

“I did a horse management degree at uni and then I worked for (Gai) Waterhouse, (Graeme) Rogerson and Joe Pride through to 2005,” Joice said.

 

“I then came to work in bloodstock up here with Blue Sky Thoroughbreds until about 2009.

 

“Then I went back (to Sydney) and worked with David Pfieffer at Warwick Farm until earlier this year.”

 

Joice learnt plenty under the likes of Waterhouse and Pride and said their different training methods has given him a good base for his own training venture.

 

“Joe was the best, especially with tried horses and he was really easy on them,” Joice said.

 

“He would give them short, sharp gallops and plenty of walking and swimming.

 

“Gai is the queen of two-year-olds and with her big, fat colts she used to work them twice a day. “They would work in the morning and she would put them under saddle again in the afternoon and they would just go for a walk but it was work for them.

 

“I think if I get the chance to train horses like that I will know what to do.”

 

It’s never easy starting out on your own but Joice, who has six horses in work, is eager to take on some of the Gold Coast’s biggest stables in time.

 

“I want to be competitive with the guys here, the David Kellys, the Bruce Hills, the Toby Edmonds and I want to build up to 30 or 40 horses,” he said.

“It’s tough and people don’t want to give you horses until you train winners but you can’t train winners until you get horses.

 

“You just have to work with what you’ve got and then hopefully people will support you.”

 

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