Melbourne Cup winning trainer coming home

david_hayesMelbourne Cup-winning trainer John Meagher has decided to end his successful Singapore stay after 11 years to return to Australia to start a new venture.

Meagher handed in his resignation on Wednesday but has two runners, Monkey Man and Village, at Friday night’s Kranji meeting before bowing out of the Singapore racing scene.

Meagher told the Singapore Turf Club website he decided to return home to work on racing projects in Melbourne in partnership with his sons Chris, Paul and Daniel.

“In all fairness to my sons, it was about time for us to train back in partnership, and that’s why we’re heading back to Australia as we can’t do this here,” Meagher said.

“It would also have been difficult for them to train there individually. I think with my experience and their youth, that’s the way the competition is going in the future.”

Meagher said the family business would eventually train horses in Queensland from their newly-purchased 84-acre property at Nerang on the Gold Coast with a satellite stable in Melbourne.

Meagher made his name in Melbourne while training for prominent owner Lloyd Williams, a partnership that yielded a Melbourne Cup in 1985 with What A Nuisance.

Meagher prepared 576 winners in his time in Singapore.