Brent Stanley rides last race
Group One-winning jockey Brent Stanley has ridden in his final race, opting for a new career as a trainer.
The 31-year-old weighed in for the last time after the eighth race at Flemington on Thursday when he was unplaced on Silver Bullion.
From December 1, he will become assistant trainer to John Sadler in a new venture with Troy Corstens to be known as Malua Racing.
“I will be assistant trainer to John Sadler and I’m really looking forward to it,” Stanley said.
“I went to the sauna for the last time before that race.
“I’ve planned my retirement for some months and named this as the day.
“Now I can go home and sit down to dinner with my wife and kids more than twice a week.”
Stanley, who won the 1996 Caulfield Cup on Arctic Scent and rode with success in Macau and other Asian racing precincts, said it had become increasingly hard to maintain his weight.
“I struggle to ride under 55 (kilograms),” he said.
“I’ve got no regrets, I’ve had a great career and ridden big winners here and overseas.
“I’ve worked with the best trainers during that time and have learned a lot.
“I’ve also broken my neck twice, fractured my skull and broken arms, legs and other bones.
“I want to go out now while I’m fit.
“I will continue to ride trackwork and I’m really looking forward to the future.”
Troy Corstens, the son of trainer Leon Corstens who Stanley has been riding for over recent months, is a well-known buyer and syndicator with his most notable purchase Starspangledbanner.
Bought for $120,000 as a yearling, Starspangledbanner won more than $2 million on the racetrack and was Australia’s champion sprinter of last season when trained by Corstens senior.
In a multi-million dollar deal, Ireland’s Coolmore Stud purchased Starspangledbanner earlier this year and Aidan O’Brien prepared him for wins in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and the July Cup at Newmarket.
Sadler, who used to train for Lloyd Williams, took over Leon Corstens’ team for some months this year while Corstens served a disqualification for a drug infringement.