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Trainer Profiles

Mark Kavanagh

Mark Kavanagh with Atlantic Jewel
Mark Kavanagh with Atlantic Jewel
Mark has continually proven his place as one of Australia’s premier race horse trainers. He has consistently performed in stakes races with horses that he has not only chosen and purchased himself but also with gallopers that have been sent to him. Year after year Mark unearths top line horses which compete at the highest level in Australian racing. Success with Undoubtedly in the 2005 Blue Diamond, Whobegotyou in the 2008 Guineas, Maldivian winning the 2008 Cox Plate and Shocking winning the 2009 Melbourne Cup enforce that Mark is a consistent high class performer.

From humble beginnings growing up next door to the Bart Cummings stables in Adelaide Mark and his family were always involved in the racing industry. He became a jumps jockey at an early age competing in and winning a grand national in 1982. Mark took to training when his weight did not allow him to continue riding and this is where he really excelled.

Mark was living in Mount Gambier when he started training in 1991 and was leading trainer in the South East District Racing Association 1992-93 Season. This was his first full season as a trainer. That was then backed up with another premiership win in the 1993-94 season.

In 1997 Mark Kavanagh Racing expanded and opened a Satellite stable in Adelaide, training successfully out of both stables for 4 years before focusing solely on Adelaide. In 2007 Mark Kavanagh Racing secured stables at Flemington, enjoying immediate success with, Divine Madonna, Maldivian and Devil Moon all winning Group One races during the Spring. Mark unearthed another potential super star the following Spring in Caulfield Guineas winner Whobegotyou and experienced one of his biggest days on a racetrack when Maldivian won the 2008 MVRC Cox Plate, and stable mates Sea Battle (Waterford Crystal Mile) and Whobegotyou (AAMI Vase) won on the support card.

Mark has always offered an open door approach to training when many trainers could not be contacted by their clients and information was not free flowing. When he started training for large syndicates in Adelaide he built facilities at the stables for owners to come and have a drink and watch race replays while the horses were paraded on the large lawns bordered by lovely gardens. More recently Owners are kept informed at all times via e-mails, phone calls and through a weekly video update, and of course are always welcome at the stables. Mark believes owners need to be kept informed and that’s one of the business’s major priorities.

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Levi Kavanagh

Levi Kavanagh
Levi Kavanagh
Levi has recently gained his license to be a racehorse trainer in his own right. Levi has worked with horses his whole life. Growing up on a farm in a racing family, he has always been involved with horses from an early age. He became a strapper/stable hand in Adelaide when he was a teenager and his love for the thoroughbred grew.

Whilst completing a double degree (Commerce and Marketing) at the University of Adelaide, Levi stepped away from the early morning hours of the stable environment and spent a lot of time at the horse sales. He gained extensive experience purchasing quality horses from leading Bloodstock agents, well renowned veterinarians and his father. During this time he also gained valuable insight whilst working brief stints for Magic Millions.

After graduating from University, Levi lived in England for two years where he experienced European stables, racing and sales. Upon his return Levi was quick to re-join the Mark Kavanagh Racing team at Flemington, where he graduated to take on the position of Assistant Trainer. After a period of time he moved back to Adelaide to take over the running of the Morphettville Satellite Stable, managing 20 horses with great success on the track.

Together Mark and Levi Kavanagh are always on the lookout for new owners to get involved with the stable. Attending all the major sales around Australia and New Zealand each year, they seek out and purchase the next crop of champions. They are also on the lookout for international horses that may suit Australian conditions to compete in the large staying races.

Kavanagh Racing also offers many ways to be involved whether it is a percentage interest in a partnership or a whole horse. We also have many breeding clients who like an astute trainer to best place their horse to build pedigree success. Whatever your racing dream or ambition, speak with one of our team to see if we may be able to help you achieve that.