Scott Westover will try and carry his success with tried horses to Oakbank on Wednesday when former Queensland mare Salbris makes her South Australian debut.
Westover said it been a challenge to source the right horses in largely a buyers’ market, but the success of Enchantingly and Rising Legend has made the task of finding new owners a lot easier.
“Salbris was an Inglis online purchase, and she had the same sort of form as Enchantingly in Queensland, nice three-year-old form,’’ Westover said.
“We have some really nice people involved. She was sold pretty quickly. We’ve got some new owners into the stable which is great.
“I’ve known the owners for a long time. One I rode winners for in Alice Springs, another is lawyer up there and has bought in to her. It’s there first time racing horses with me which is great,’’ he said.
Westover said the biggest challenge was finding the right horse at the right price to suit his Adelaide stable.
“It’s mad the online sales, we’re trying to pick the right horses,’’ Westover said.
“Instead of spending $10,000 or $20,000 you find yourself looking at horses around $40,000, we’ve bought a nice yearling from an online sale as well, we have the owners there it’s just a matter of finding the right horses,’’ he said.
Westover said Salbris had ticked all the right boxes ahead of her local debut.
“She might not be quite as talented as Enchantingly and Rising Legend, but she’s won her two jump-outs quite impressively and is going to the races bright and well,’’ Westover said.
“An inside gate at Oakbank can be an issue, but I am sure she will run well,’’ he said.
And he said he is loving life back in Adelaide growing his team alongside working with leading horseman Will Clarken.
“I’ve got four in work and five in the paddock,’’ Westover said.
“Will is on the Gold Coast at the moment and has left me to hold the fort, we had 13 at the jump-outs this morning so it’s busy.
“But each week I am learning something new, he’s an astute trainer and I’m loving it,’’ he said.