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Matthew Smith paid his way to Ireland to work with trainers in the UK, eventually taking up a position with Aiden O'Brien.

Initially a track rider, Matthew Smith quickly progressed through the ranks to become Aidan's Assistant Trainer, working alongside his quietly spoken mentor for two and a half years as Ballydoyle emerged as the world's premier racing stable.

The opportunity to learn a new style of racehorse preparation in the United States proved tempting and Matthew elected to continue his education as Assistant Trainer for Niall O'Callaghan. With O'Callaghan constantly moving between stables in different states Matthew was left to manage a string of 30 horses and staff.

Smith then moved back to Australia to work as a stable foreman for Bart Cummings for almost five years before taking out his own license with almost a decade of experience behind him.

In 2008 Smith won his first Group race with Krupt in the Todman Stakes, going on to claim his first Group 1 with Hurtle Myrtle in the 2011 Myer Classic.

First Runner 18 Jan 2003
Selliastrike (NZ)  
Newcastle (Aus)  |  Hunter Imaging Group X Ray Mdn
First Win 22 Feb 2003
Adventurous Rose (Aus)
Kembla Grange (Aus)  |  Gymea Tradies Club Hcp (C1)
Best Horse :
FIERCE IMPACT (Timeform Rating 121)
First Group Win (G1):
HURTLE MYRTLE (29 Oct 2011)


Latest Runners

FPDateCourseRunnerDivTypeDistancePM AUD $JockeyTime
7 of 1223 Oct 2021RANDTRICKY GAL$173UFM OPEN1400m$2,000,000ALYSHA COLLETT1:22.37
8 of 1023 Oct 2021M VATTORNEY$214U OPEN G22500m$1,011,000CRAIG WILLIAMS2:40.12
5 of 723 Oct 2021K GRAMERICAN SALUTE$7.0BM641400m$35,000S GUYMER1:26.11
6 of 823 Oct 2021K GRSPROUT WINGS$31BM641200m$35,000B SPRIGGS1:12.58
2 of 1323 Oct 2021RANDUNDENIABLE$8.03U BM721200m$100,000JENNY DUGGAN1:09.50
4 of 623 Oct 2021K GRATONEMENT$2.13U OPEN1600m$35,000DYLAN GIBBONS1:40.61
4 of 521 Oct 2021HAWKEVERYONE$21CL11000m$35,000ALYSHA COLLETT0:57.09
3 of 817 Oct 2021NOWRGOLDEN CHANCES$13MDN1400m$24,000DYLAN GIBBONS1:24.27
6 of 817 Oct 2021NOWRALL GIRLS$5.0CL11200m$24,000B SPRIGGS1:09.72
12 of 1216 Oct 2021CAULLASHES$163UFM OPEN LR1100m$175,500BRETT PREBBLE1:04.10

Jockey Statistics

Jockey NameWinsWin (%)PlacesPlace (%)RunnersPM AUD $G1(w)G2(w)G3(w)LR(w)ROI
JAY FORD 369.9%8032.0%362$1,368,4620000$0.71
JEFF PENZA 2716.6%3739.3%163$437,1550000$0.89
MITCHELL BELL 2012.3%3634.4%163$399,9900000$0.67
KATHY O'HARA 1913.7%3136.0%139$812,9500011$1.34
GRANT BUCKLEY 189.6%4935.8%187$358,2650000$0.51
GREG RYAN 1725.8%2056.1%66$276,5150000$0.97
JASON COLLETT 1611.2%4542.7%143$1,279,7800011$0.54
BLAIKE MC DOUGALL 1523.8%1750.8%63$250,2750000$0.83
HUGH BOWMAN 1418.4%1639.5%76$590,8100100$1.13
BLAKE SHINN 1217.6%2148.5%68$444,1150000$1.16
B SPRIGGS 1112.6%2440.2%87$284,4850000$0.49
TIM CLARK 1115.3%1231.9%72$521,9400010$1.39
TOMMY BERRY 1015.4%1640.0%65$303,2250000$1.47
NICK HEYWOOD 1029.4%1161.8%34$247,7750000$1.59
REBEKA PREST 915.5%1337.9%58$192,7350000$0.98

Seasons Summary Statistics

SeasonWinsWin (%)PlacesPlace (%)RunnersPM AUD $G1(w)G2(w)G3(w)LR(w)ROI