From the outset, Clinton McDonald was destined to be a champion horse trainer. With a pedigree reading as the great grandson of Fred Hoysted, grandson of Bon Hoysted and son of Ross McDonald, Clinton is one of the stars of a new breed of trainers stamping their authority on racecourses across the country.
Surrounded by horses for all of his life, he was riding his own ponies at two and representing Victoria in the Under 21 Polocrosse team by age 15.
Like his father and grand-father before him, Clinton McDonald has also had success with jumpers, winning races such as the South Australian Grand National Steeple with Grizz as well as enjoying success at the iconic Warrnambool and Oakbank carnivals in recent years with horses such as Tigerrific. Up and coming hurdler performer Beliveau could just be another to watch.
The driving force behind McDonald Racing, Clinton has been focused on building the stable through yearlings and building the McDonald Racing client base.
With some early Group 1 success, his involvement in the development of champion Weekend Hussler and his commitment to the development of the stable, it is clear that the Hoysted/McDonald dynasty is in safe hands.