Trainer Michael Costa looks to grow New Breed business on Gold Coast
TRAINER Michael Costa will look to become a prominent figure in the Queensland racing scene following his permanent relocation to the Gold Coast.
The new handicapping system in NSW may have eventually led to Costa packing up his base at Warwick Farm and shifting to the Gold Coast but he only sees opportunity at his new home.
Costa has 22 horses in his stable on the Coast, aiming to make it 28 by the end of this week, and has plans in place to increase it further.
The 28-year-old hasn’t put a ceiling on how big his stable could get but isn’t rushing things as he looks to establish a strong base.
“We are waiting on more boxes from the Gold Coast Turf Club but we are going to have access to 28 up here within the next week,” Costa said.
“After that we will look to open another barn, once we settle in after a month, to bring the rest of the ones up from Sydney and hopefully get some local support as well. We have only been here for a couple of weeks and it has been great.
“We are just going to take it as it comes. We want to align ourselves with the right sort of studs and owners in Queensland, so we will take every opportunity, run with it and try and win as many races as possible.”
Costa originally opened a satellite stable of his New Breed operation on the Gold Coast early last year when some of his horses struggled to cope when NSW Racing introduced a top weight of 61kg.
“We had a lot of small horses which would win races and then get to a level of 61kg and it was just impossible for them to carry the top weight,” Costa said.
“The handicapping system in NSW can be quite harsh for those horses which aren’t quite up to Sydney Saturday level, so it was impossible for those horses to go through their grade. That’s why, instead of the owners selling them, we took them up to the coast and gave them more opportunity to win races and the clients to win prize money.”
Costa had 16 runners for seven winners and seven place getters during the initial stint and now hopes to mirror that success on a permanent basis.
Story Courtesy Tom Boswell Gold Coast Bulletin