Brooks heading to Ballarat

Mark Brooks showing his affection for Jack Romanov after his Great Northern win (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Mark Brooks and Jack Romanov after the Great Northern win (Photo: Kenton Wright, Race Images).

Cambridge trainer Mark Brooks will relocate to Ballarat towards the end of the season. 

The Ballarat Turf Club is building a 32-horse stable complex for Brooks and it will be located next to the recently-completed Cumani stables.

Brooks and his wife, Michelle, a former successful jockey with more than 500 races, plan to take 15-20 horses from New Zealand in the move and hope to add to their numbers with a few locally-owned horses.

Brooks is a highly-regarded horseman in New Zealand, having represented his country in showjumping before taking up racehorse breaking and pre-training.

He currently educates a number of youngsters for some of the leading trainers in Australia and Singapore at his Cambridge training base before they commence their racing careers.

Brooks has also trained 61 winners in New Zealand, with his horses winning nearly $900,000 and five Group or Listed races.

He has a passion for training jumpers, with his biggest winner so far being Jack Romanov, who won the Great Northern and Pakuranga Hunt Cup Steeplechase double.

–NZ Racing Desk