In an era when factory-size stables have become the norm, John Bateman’s small team allows him to maintain a ‘hands on’ approach to training.

John has developed a keen eye when it comes to the thoroughbred, largely thanks to the many years he was understudy to the late Guy Walter.

John has been conditioning horses at Goulburn racecourse for more than a decade and believes its spacious grass tracks and proximity to Sydney make for an ideal regional training location.

In addition, Goulburn’s peaceful surroundings provide a fantastic alternative for horses unsuited by the hustle and bustle of a metropolitan training centre.


John also offers pre-training services for a number of Sydney clients. Building a base layer of fitness for a horse is as important as any other stage of a racing preparation.

The Goulburn stables serve as an ideal transition between the spelling paddock and a busy city stable.

During his time as Goulburn foreman for Guy, John pre-trained a number of high class gallopers such as STREAMA, APPEARANCE, and TOYDINI.