Leigh feels he was destined to be in racing industry when at 4 years of age was taken to his first race meeting and remembers it distinctly. “For me, it’s always been about the horses, it’s never really been about the punt. I like to watch the horses and understand their temperaments and marvel at the way they move.”
Leigh says time has not diminished his passion for racing. “The dream of getting that Group 1 winner is so strong I don’t think I can stop until I get one. That’s why we are buying better quality horses. We have to.”
Outside of racing, Leigh has been involved in corporate entities for the last 20 years ranging from retail franchising, to the fast paced world of hospitality, to his current role as a senior manager in sports administration with the Moonee Valley Racing Club.
Leigh enjoys communicating with people, no matter which side of the racing fence they are on. “I want to ensure everybody has the best racing experience possible, and provide them easy access to Darren and his team, as well as receive regular information about their horses’ progress.” Leigh knows what it’s like to be kept in the dark about his horses. “It doesn’t have to be that way. Darren is enormously generous with his time and insights.”
Leigh oversees all administrative communications with owners including expressions of interest, horse naming and registration as well as the financial aspects of the business.
Steve first became involved in thoroughbred racing through Russell Shischka, a horse dentist. “The first horse I owned was called Live Echo and I helped Russ pre-train it before giving it to a local Bendigo trainer. It won one race before we sold it.”
Steve met Darren Weir in 1996, just after he bought the Terry O’Sullivan training complex at Stawell. “Russell and I worked on the horses’ teeth, then stayed on for a few days and gave Darren a hand with the horses.” Not long after that Steve and the boys got involved with Darren and the rest is history.
Steve clearly remembers the conversation with Darren that started things. “Darren bought a horse at the Inglis sales by Distant Music and asked if our group wanted to get some people into it, which we did. Little did I know at the time that we were starting a syndication business as we sold shares to family and friends.” The horse was Disco Summit and he showed enormous ability finishing second to Kidnapped in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes in 2010 at Derby day of the Melbourne Spring Carnival. “Disco Summit won 3 races and $100K in prize money before injury curtailed his career and unfortunately we didn’t see the best of him.”
Steve has been a Successful Business owner for 15 years running City Framers in Bendigo. He prides himself on providing a personalised customer service and has been rewarded with Retail trading awards in 2008, 2010 and 2011 from the City of Bendigo. Steve has been influential in bringing owners on board in the country regions as well as some well known watering holes so wherever RTD race, there is always somewhere close by to celebrate.
Steve oversees all multimedia aspects of the business, including the RTD website and social media forums.
Robbie still remembers the first winner he had with Darren. “I was part owner of a horse called Shy Wanderer that ran to glory twice. What a thrill being a part owner of winning horse. Words can't describe it.” Robbie is a passionate sport follower and loves being part of the RTD team. “What better way to get involved in something you love where you can share the thrill of horse ownership with other like-minded, passionate people.”
Robbie is a member of the Victorian Racing Club, and as much as he enjoys the ambience and sights of Flemington, says he enjoys heading into the country just as much. “I’m just as happy enjoying a cold can of beer and steak sandwich at the local races.”
Robbie has 10+ years experience in strategic commercial sales roles with leading multi-national Fast Moving Commercial Goods businesses. ”I am responsible of managing National and State Grocery Accounts with sales targets circa of $100m for the past 5 years.”
Robbie hosts functions for customers at State Metropolitan Horse Racing Tracks such as Moonee Valley and Morphetville and also at the AFL Grand Final. “Every year I go to major race meetings in Australia such as Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate as part of my work commitments and my next goal is to be going to these events as part of RTD and looking for that elusive Group 1 glory as a race horse owner.” Robbie travels extensively within Australia and abroad for work commitments, always aiming to strengthen his customer relationships. “I understand the importance of customer relationships, communication and long term win – win partnerships.”
Robbie focuses on Business Development and introducing new clients to the RTD experience. “It really is easy when you believe in the product you are selling. I am so passionate about racing and I truly believe that RTD are on the right path with Darren Weir at the helm. You couldn’t be in better hands.”