Peter Robl is a highly accomplished horseman who has dedicated his life to racing and is well respected within the industry. His enthusiasm, passion and determination is second to none.
Robl works hard in assessing each horse as an individual and programs their work and race schedules accordingly, such skills are essential in a successful trainer. Becoming a licensed trainer was always going to be a natural step in the career of Peter Robl.
Robl was a professional jockey and due to circumstances beyond his control as a result of injuries received from a serious race fall in 2014 this career change has been brought forward a few years.
Robl has all the attributes of a successful trainer aided by considerable experience gained in all aspects of the thoroughbred industry over the 24 years he was a jockey. Valuable experience with the training of horses not only through my connection with the late Guy Walter but also through helping David Vandyke with the running of his Randwick stable.
The support and guidance Robl has received from David Vandyke; Segenhoe Thoroughbreds and Mr. Kevin Maloney has been overwhelming and he couldn’t ask for a better start to his training career.
For Peter Robl, a career in the racing industry was born through a strong work ethic and making the most of an opportunity.
Raised in Benalla in North Eastern Victoria, Peter became interested in horses when he left school at the age of 16. A chance meeting with horse trainer Wayne Nichols gave Peter his start in racing; initially on the ground but with his slight frame it wasn’t long before a riding career beckoned and he undertook an apprenticeship with Nichols.
His early career involved riding regularly for the likes of Rick Hore-Lacy, the late George Ledger and Peter Moody. A move to Sydney saw Peter become stable rider for Anthony Cummings who provided his first Group 1 winner when Dealer Principal claimed the 2008 Rosehill Guineas.
In a career spanning 26 years and over 10,000 rides, Peter rode nearly 2000 winners including 4 Group 1 victories.
A race fall at Scone in January 2014 would spell the end for Peter’s career as a jockey. The incident left Peter with a fractured C4/C5 vertebrae and doctors delivered the news that he could no longer ride.
Months later, trainer Guy Walter passed away. As a huge supporter of Peter, he took the loss hard. Along with jockey Blake Shinn, the pair assisted Guy’s wife Wendy in the day-to-day operations of the Walter stable giving their friend the best send off with the final runner under the Guy Walter banner, I’ve Got The Looks a winner.
Peter then worked as foreman for David Vandyke operating the Segenhoe Racing stable at Randwick. Once his training license was approved, Peter took over the Randwick stable beginning his training career in December 2015.
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