Racing is definitely in Shane Bloomfield’s blood.
The Narrandera trainer is the son of Peter and Carmel Bloomfield, with Peter an accomplished jockey and trainer in his day.
His brother Andy Bloomfield, who only retired in 2016, was also a handy jockey, riding nearly 1000 winners and winning an SDRA jockey’s title.
“I’ve grown up around horses with dad being a jockey and trainer,” Bloomfield said.
“Dad was up there with Tommy Smith and so I was born in Sydney, and I’ve always been around it.
“It’s funny actually; dad was going from Sydney to Adelaide for a new job, but he got to Ganmain where mum’s father was, and he didn’t leave and that’s how we ended up here.”
Bloomfield got his strapper’s licence as a youngster and worked as foreman and trackwork rider for his father.
“Firstly we were in Leeton. Dad was working in the water resources, and that is where his father and mother were,” Bloomfield said.
“Then sometime later, in the 1980s, we moved to Narrandera. Dad bought a place and started training at Narrandera.
“In l99 and 2000, he had 13 in work, and I was working full time being a stable foreman.”
Peter Bloomfield is now retired, living in Wagga, but Shane went on to further hone his craft and is now training in Narrandera.
“When I was young, I just worked for dad, but I branched out later and did a bit of track work riding for Chris Heywood and went to Griffith to ride for Gino (D’Altorio) and did a bit of work for Russell Hogan,” Bloomfield said.
“I only got my trainer’s licence last year and Dreadnought was my first runner in October.”
On Thursday, Bloomfield celebrated one of the biggest moments of his career, training his first winner when Kinross won the 1175m Maiden Handicap.
“It was a high and it was just a great feeling,” Bloomfield said.
“Bar the welfare of the horses, and the love of the horses; the reason we do what we do is for that adrenaline rush when they get up and win.
“It just gives you an extra buzz, knowing you are in control, and all the hard work you put in, is recognised and I’m thrilled to get that first win out the way.”
Ridden by Mick Heagney, the four-year-old speared out of the gates and lead all the way, winning comfortably in the end.
“It was a good win. I probably wasn’t expecting her to win like that from the wide gate, especially after drawing 11 and coming out of (gate) eight, but once Mick got to the fence and was able to control the race, I thought we had it in our keeping,” Bloomfield said.
The Narrandera trainer believes Kinross will only improve too, with the Panzer Division mare still immature.
“She was out with Gino, and I was riding her out there and when I was getting my licence, one of the owners in the syndicate approached me and they thought she would benefit from being ridden every day,” Bloomfield said.
“She was shying at things like the water tank, birds, and everything, so I got her out here and I’ve been on her back every day, just riding her and getting her used to everything.
“If you look at the replay yesterday, she even half shies at the winning post when she goes past it, so I think she will get better and keep improving with more riding.”
Kinross will likely head to Wagga on February 19, with the $30,000 Showcase Benchmark 58 Handicap in Bloomfield’s sights.
“I will head to Wagga on the Country Championships day because there is a nice race for her,” Bloomfield said.
“She should go well there, and with the gate speed she’s got, hopefully we can get her to settle and get her out over 1400m further down the track.”
Bloomfield, who is a hobby trainer, only has the one horse in work since retiring Dreadnought, but he hopes to have a few more up and running in the future.
“I work at a piggery full time and train part time and Stuart and Sarah Shultz are really good to me out there. They let me have yesterday off for the races and they accommodate me the best they can with my racing,” Bloomfield said.
“I’ve got four boxes and I am hoping to get a couple more horses and branch out.
“Some of the owners in Dreadnought are keen to get in another horse and I’m looking at the moment.”
Bloomfield thanked those close to him too, explaining that without their help, he wouldn’t be training and winning races.
“I have the horse out at Graeme Mathieson’s place, and I have to thank him for letting me use his place to train,” Bloomfield said.
“I have to thank mum, dad, Jodie, Keely, Kiara, and Ky too. Ky helps me out, and every Tuesday I get up and start work at 3am and Jodie or Keely takes Ky out to feed the horse and do all of that work in the morning.
“I wouldn’t be able to do it all on my own.”