One of Victoria’s leading racehorse trainers, Troy Corstens has made a move to the northeast, purchasing a property at Lurg as a new training base.
With two Group One wins to their name, Corstens’ Malua Racing, which he owns with father Leon, has stables at Flemington Racecourse and Geelong, with Lurg offering a more rugged landscape for track work.
Corstens said he had wanted a country property for some time, with Bangtail, a 130-acre property, the perfect place to set up shop - the undulating hills helping build muscle, while the 40 km of bush tracks allowing horses to switch off for a quiet trot.
“I was probably looking for around 18 months for the perfect place with the right hills and space needed to do what I wanted it to do,” Corstens said.
“I looked at about 15 places from Tallarook to Bright before the Lurg property popped up.
“It was perfect for us.”
After moving into the property in March, Corstens said he was relishing his time in the country, routinely staying at the property two days a week.
And having already employed up to seven local workers on the property, Corstens said he was excited to assimilate into the community.
“One of the greatest assets in the northeast is its horse people,” Corstens said.
“We have three local track riders working for us, and we’ve got two people in the stables and two doing maintenance and other work on the farm.
“It’s uncanny how every person you turn to can ride or handle a horse.
“I can’t wait to tap into that knowledge.”
With their next big races coming in September, Corstens said he was hoping to build on recent results when preparing for the next season.
“We had a soft start to the season, but have got some good results from January onwards,” he said.
“Our numbers have increased, we’ve finished nicely and are now building towards next season.”
“We’re working about 15 horses at the moment, and are getting ready to race in the spring.”