Meeting Jack Pilkington

Jack Pilkington’s journey into the world of horse training is nothing short of remarkable. Unable to pursue his dream of becoming a jockey due to his towering height; he embarked upon a journey of exploration and discovery.

A global adventure saw Jack travel to nine countries, soaking in knowledge and experience along the way. His time abroad further shaped his understanding of horsemanship and only confirmed his passion for the racing industry. Eventually finding his way to Australia, Jack immersed himself in the world of Aussie racing, honing his skills while working as a racing manager for leading trainer Chris Waller.

Driven by a desire to make his own mark within the industry, he made the decision to transition into training himself. Armed with determination and a keen eye, Jack took his first steps by acquiring a promising yearling, Alabama State. Purchased for $80,000 from the Magic Millions sales, this strategic move proved to be a winning one. Alabama State is sired by Alabama Express, who currently sits third in the First Season Sires by Earnings. With an impressive record of 6 winners from 10 runners and over $1.6 million in prize money, Alabama Express’s progeny have demonstrated exceptional racing ability.

As one of his three purchases, Jack utilised the Stridyl Ownership Marketplace, effectively promoting Alabama State, and attracting attention from potential owners. Despite being fresh to the training ranks, Jack’s expertise and dedication has quickly paid off. From the Ownership Marketplace to the winners circle in only five starts, Alabama State secured a thrilling victory at Hawkesbury, Jack’s home track. It’s fitting that Alabama State was not only his very first purchase but also his first winner too.

Where the magic happens.

Jack is based at Hawkesbury, the facilities and variety are second to none. “It boasts a Polytrack, a nice wide Sand track, a Grass track that is open virtually every day of the year and a Course Proper that is open to metropolitan level horses. There is also the Back Sand track which is ideal for calmer days, and the Bush tracks which provide great mental stimulation while enjoying a nice relaxing stroll through the countryside. There is ample space to warm up everywhere, and our stable is a lovely 600m distance from the main gap. Hawkesbury has a wonderfully calm atmosphere that enables the horses to complete all of their work in a relaxed manner.”

Jack caught up with Stridyl, sharing with us insights into his journey and experiences of Australia to date. You can watch this exclusive interview, here.

How do I race a horse with Jack?

Alabama State’s triumph is not just a win on the racetrack; it is symbolic of Jack’s journey as a young trainer making his mark in a highly competitive industry. Achieving success in such a short period is a testament to Jack’s talent and potential. Alabama State’s victory signals the beginning of a promising career.

This may be the time to get involved and become part of a young and up-and-coming team. As such, Jack has already shown potential by sourcing his own horse as well as training him to win.

Jack currently has two yearlings available in his stable, they are advertised on our Ownership Marketplace. If you’re looking for racehorse ownership then visit his profile to view the two yearlings that are currently available in his stable.

Zousain x Stable Island

Tassort x Zem Factor

Tassort sired his first Group One winner last weekend- Manaal. She stormed home late beating the colts in the Group One Sire’s Produce at Royal Randwick.

Manaal (Tassort x Red Lodge) has had five starts for 3 wins and a placing, amassing a whopping $1,238,750 in prizemoney.