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Gary Nickson

Gary Nickson


Warwick Farm



10 Boxes, walker and access to swimming pool



Gary was always destined to work in the racing industry. He was born into a racing family, growing up in the Sydney racing suburb of Kensington. His father was an amateur jockey who worked for Randwick trainer Peter Lawson who trained 1956 Melbourne Cup winner “Evening Peal”.

At age 16, he commenced work as a stable hand/trackwork rider for Randwick trainer George McCahon with the intention of being an apprentice jockey, however increasing weight put an end to a career as a jockey. After a few years working at Randwick, Gary moved to Canterbury where he worked as a trackwork rider and horse breaker. In 1977 at age 25, he was granted a trainer’s licence to train at Canterbury, starting with just two horses. Gary trained his first winner in 1978 at Nowra before things went very quiet until the 81/82 season where he bought a horse Grass Salad at a tried horse sale for $1,600. Grass Salad went on to win five provincial races in that season before recording a city victory and eventually retiring with a total of ten wins. The success with Grass Salad led to a growth in numbers with the stable and the winners flowed from there. Six years after Gary trained his first winner, he was given a horse to train by the name of Tandrio. He was a very good galloper but following an injury, it was believed that his career was over. Gary applied a labour of love and worked the horse for months on the beach resulting in getting Tandrio back to the races. Tandrio provided Gary with his biggest thrill in racing by winning the Tramway Stakes and backed it up with running second in the Epsom Handicap. Gary moved to Warwick Farm in 1999 when Canterbury closed as a training centre.



1984 Tramway (Tandrio)

2013 Gimcrack (Alpha Miss)

2013 Victory Vein (Alpha Miss)

2014 Lonhro Stakes (Alpha Miss)

Other notables: Voilier & Grand Gaelic


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