Dalziel Racing Training Team


Dalziel Racing is delighted to have engaged proven Group 1 winning trainers to give our owners the opportunity to go racing across the nation and provide them with the best horse trainers in Australia



Phillip Stokes - SA



Phillip spent his very early years with his parents on a cattle station knocking about with his brothers before discovering his passion for horses. His father had always had a close affinity with horses and it wasn't long before a young Phillip was in there helping his father break in and educate the stations young horses.


Phillip has a special ability to get horses ready for the moment and is an advocate of regular beach work and chiropractor visits ensuring his horses are healthy and happy. Combined with his personalised dietary and physical attention for each horse, it has proven to be the right medicine to his on track success.


His black type success has been outstanding with an admirable record of 45 wins, 30 seconds and 42 thirds, included in these results are three G1 victories being Marju Snip and Maybe Discreet both in the Australasian Oaks and more recently the $1 million dollar performer, Hucklebuck winning the Emirates Stakes on the final day of the Flemington Spring Carnival in 2014 (the stable had 3 winners from 3 runners on the final day to finish with four winners for the carnival and equal top trainer).


Some of our other black type performers include: Squillani, Eclair Big Bang, Eclair Surprise, Symphony Miss, Just Discreet, Forever Discreet, Freestyle, Molto Bene, Made of Diamonds, Lunaspur, Fire Thunderbolt,St Trinians, Nancy Eleanor, Buddy Bundy, Bleveeka,Family Guy,Fasline,Pride of Archway and Vignor.


In 2013/2014 Phillip won the South Australian Metropoiltan Trainers Premiership with 55 winners by a margin of 18 to the next trainer which was an outstanding achievement at an excellent strike rate of 26%. The same year he finished ninth in the National Metropolitan Trainers Premiership with 60 winners at a 24% strike rate.


Phillip has built a fantastic reputation for guiding fillies to black type race success and his open mind with his horses allows the stable to tackle any race across Australia. If the horses are going well enough, Phillip and his team will travel them to their best advantage.


Phillip Stokes Racing is backed by a committed team of staff dedicated to provide the best results for their clients.



David Brideoake


David joins Dalziel Racing with one of the most interesting histories amongst the current crop of thoroughbred trainers in Australia. Growing up in the Riverina area of New South Wales, working with horses was a part of daily life for David. David represented Australia in Europe, Japan and America, as part of the Australian Show Jumping team. He made the team in 1990 and became Captain of the Australian Team in 1992. In 1994 he was a reserve for the World Championship Team and in 1995 he successfully competed in Europe, and was named as part of the Australian Team for the Olympic Qualifiers.


In 1986, David began training racehorses, primarily his aim was to buy young horses, get them going and on sell them to Singapore and Macau. In 1990, he started to establish himself as a trainer, with a small team of horses, this team was kept small as David was still heavily involved in the Showjumping industry.


Brideoake Racing has continued to grow and flourish over the years.  David prefers a boutique stable arrangement so the horses can get the hands on attention they need. David has trained multiple Group 1 winners including Grand Journey and Griante and is the trainer of superstar hurdler and Group winning flat galloper Self Sense. He also trained the ill-fated sprinted Warm Love who ran 3rd to Black Caviar in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington.


David trains from his picturesque property Wellington Park at Mornington, located only 55 minutes from the centre of Melbourne. David has spent the last few years developing the property, and it is now a fully self-contained training establishment, with world class facilities.


Owners are offered the full range of services at David's property, horses are able to be broken in, pre-trained, trained and agisted without leaving the property.

The property facilities including:

  • 800m sand training track
  • stabling for 30 horses
  • post and rail paddocks
  • day paddocks
  • horse walking machine
  • fully enclosed round yard
  • professional staff and riders
  • 10 minutes to Mornington racecourse
  • 10 minutes to Balnarring beach
  • 30 minutes to Sandown Racecourse
  • 45 minutes to Caulfield Racecourse
  • 60 minutes to Flemington Racecourse
  • 65 minutes to Moonee Valley Racecourse

Clare Cunningham


Exciting young trainer Clare Cunningham has joined Dalziel Racing with her Sydney operation provided the team with a great presence in NSW.


Clare Cunningham Racing is a holistic thoroughbred training service based at Warwick Farm Race-course in western Sydney. Clare has set up a boutique base on course, allowing her to be hands on to assure quality of care and attention to detail.


Born in country Victoria, Clare grew up learning her trade from her thoroughbred racing parents.  Venturing to the big smoke, Clare furthered her skills under the eye of Peter G Moody at Caulfield. Spending her last four years as Peter’s assistant trainer at his Sydney base.


She has experienced the in’s and outs of one of Australians best Racing stable, including the preparation and care of some of the country’s elite racehorses at the top level.  



Mitch Freedman 


Ballarat’s hottest young talent joined Dalziel Racing in 2019. Mitch Freedman has always had racing in his blood.


Freedman’s grandfather was a bookmaker and his father worked on the books as well and what this resulted in was Mitch Freedman grew up loving thoroughbreds.


Mitch has spent his years learning his craft with some of Victoria’s best horsemen and women before getting his own trainers licence. Mitch spent time time with Kathryn and Craig Durden, Andrew Payne and Dan O’Sullivan before being involved with many great Group horses, including the dual Group 1 winner Platelet, top mare May’s Dream and the brilliant Puissance De Lune, who scored a memorable runaway win on Emirates Stakes day in 2012.


Freedman’s time learning his craft showed him the benefits of beach work and varying routines for horses to leave them mentally and physically fresh throughout their preparations.


Mitch also travelled overseas to gain some insight into European training techniques with top trainers David Simcock and Andrew Balding, which when added to his local education, gave Freedman a strong training philosophy that he follows to prepare his team.


Dalziel Racing look forward to the journey with Mitch and his young team.