Gentle Approach Works For Destiny Rising

Jun 01, 2013

Brian Gentle has travelled far and wide to pursue his love of horses.

But it wasn't until he all but gave up on a training career that it finally started to become viable.

Gentle, who has worked for many of Sydney's biggest-name trainers, will saddle up the promising Destiny Rising in the Project Ten Handicap (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

The three-year-old broke his maiden with a comprehensive 4-1/2 length win first-up at Canterbury on May 8.

It was Gentle's first city success in Sydney but there had been other metropolitan victories in Queensland where he twice tried to establish himself as a trainer in his own right.

The first of those ventures was foiled by a lack of opportunities, the second by finances.

In between, Gentle honed his skills with leading trainers Gai Waterhouse, John O'Shea, Clarry Conners and Tim Martin.

Then two-and-a-half years ago an opportunity came up at Cobbity Lodge, on the outskirts of Sydney, to perform pre-training, breaking-in and agistment duties.

Gentle took it.

On the side, he dipped his toe back into training, not thinking it would lead to much.

"I decided to get my trainer's licence back as well but I only wanted to have one horse," Gentle said.

That modest goal didn't last long.

Gentle now has 15 to 20 horses in work and combines training with his job as manager of Cobbity Lodge, twice a week travelling to Rosehill to use its grass track for training gallops.

Destiny Rising is his best horse, although the three-year-old started his career unwanted.

"I always had an opinion of him but it didn't matter how many people I told that he went well, nobody wanted to go into him," Gentle said.

"Then I sent him to Randwick for a trial and he went really well."

By the time Gentle had got Destiny Rising home from the barrier trial, new owners had been found.

Destiny Rising was gelded after his last campaign to improve his racing manners.

The result was his easy first-up Canterbury win.

If he can make the transition to Saturday grade this weekend, Gentle will consider a start in next month's Sunshine Coast Guineas.

Rosehill was rated heavy on Thursday and while Destiny Rising has never raced in those conditions, Gentle says he had handled the wet in barrier trials and trackwork.

Jay Ford, who rode a winning double last Saturday, has the mount.


Mandy Cottell