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Racing and football keeps Sullivan busy

Nagambie coach Linc Sullivan is a busy man training racehorses and coaching footballers and on Saturday he had his first runner at Flemington while he led his Lakers to a victory against Avenel.

MATTHEW GALEA May 13, 2014 3:10am

Linc Sullivan had his first Flemington runner on Saturday while he coached Nagambie to a win against Avenel.


Between training horses and coaching Nagambie’s seniors, Linc Sullivan is a busy man.

He is finding a fair bit of success in both fields though, and while he was busy leading Nagambie to a 50-point win against Avenel on Saturday, Road Warrior was making his first appearance at Flemington.

Road Warrior placed sixth in his first city race — which was also the first time Sullivan had a horse race at the storied track.

The eight-year-old came under Sullivan’s care after his work with his younger brother Domesday Warrior.

Sullivan’s name was put forward to part-owner Jim Politis by his friend Steve Donison.

‘‘It all came about over a beer,’’ Sullivan said.

‘‘I mainly break horses for other trainers and other stables ... but I was talking to Steve who manages a horse farm and we were talking about one (Domesday Warrior) having some barrier troubles.

‘‘Steve knew I broke-in horses and I ended up getting the horse to a point where it was able to get into the barriers and the owners just told me to kick on with him.’’

Sullivan now trains both horses and was delighted to see Road Warrior get a solid result in his first Flemington race, even if he couldn’t be there.

The horse was saddled by Sullivan’s father and fellow trainer Peter Sullivan.

‘‘It was a good run for a first effort,’’ Linc said.

‘‘I like the racing stuff, but I tend to lean towards the breaking-in because I like working with the younger horses.

‘‘I think Road Warrior peaked when he was six to seven years old, and Domesday is looking like he’ll be the same.’’

Domesday Warrior has two starts to his name, having won his first at Swan Hill and finishing fourth in his second at Bendigo.

‘‘He’ll probably stay in the lower-grade country races at the moment, but we’d like to see him get up into the city races,’’ Sullivan said.

‘‘If he can knock up $200000 like his brother we’d be pleased.’’

Balancing his work with horses with his footy has its difficulties, but Sullivan is enjoying the two.

‘‘It’s a lot of early starts and late finishes and even Saturdays are a push because you have to organise someone to go for you and get away early enough to get to the game,’’ Sullivan said.

‘‘But I’m happy with how it’s all going. We had a good win on the weekend and barring a slip-up against Merrigum, I’m very happy with how it’s all going.

‘‘We still haven’t really had a full side out there, but the blokes coming in have all done very well, so it’s looking good.’’

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