Breaking News – Vale Rick Worthington
Very sad news just released with the passing of Warwick Farm Trainer Rick Worthington who has lost his long battle with Caner.
Rick was born in Bowral country NSW in 1960 and grew up in the small nearby town of Mittagong. Rick joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1976 serving on the HMAS Vampire where he completed various deployments around the world. His time in the military has influenced many aspects of his life and the experience has been an influence in both his personal life and as a trainer.
After leaving the Navy Rick worked for pastoral company AIA. He then went to Leiwah Station located near Balranald in far Western NSW. The station was owned by Sir Alec Creswick who was at the time the Chairman of the Victorian Racing Committee .This would be Ricks introduction to the Thoroughbred Racing Industry.
Rick departed Leiwah Station to work at Wingadee Station which is located between Coonable and Walgett in Northwest NSW. Rick continued seasonal mustering and horse breaking across the North West region, the Northern territory and the Kimberly region in Western Australia. Working in very harsh environments and being exposed to many different types of horses gave Rick invaluable insight and experience on multiple levels.
Rick returned to his place of birth, Bowral NSW to manage ‘Retford Farm’ a pre training and breaking in facility. After this time Rick decided to branch out on his own leasing several properties to operate his pre training and breaking in facility from. The business grew rapidly to where he had up to 100 yearlings and two year olds in work at the one time.
Due to the growth of the business Rick purchased a 100 acre property at sleepy Sutton Forest in NSW, a short distance from his town of birth. He personally had a hand in building the pre training and Breaking in facility including the construction of the post and rail fencing. Three houses were trucked From Richmond Airbase to the property at Sutton Forest to accommodate family and staff living on site. The property was named ‘Danric Lodge’ and the business `Rick T Worthington’ became renowned as Australia’s most prominent horse breaking business. Rick’s reputation in the industry quickly became well known and respected. Major clients included the great TJ Smith, Gai Waterhouse, Lee Freedman, Lloyd Williams, Emirates Park, Tyreel Stud and Arrowfield to name a few.
As a result of his reputation Rick was contracted by the Hong Kong Jockey Club to prepare their horses for the international 2 year old sales. He was also contracted by the Macau Jockey Club for the pre export and quarantine of all horses exported from Australia to Macau. During this period the shipping numbers of individual shipments were in the vicinity of 80 plus.
Over the years Rick has attended numerous yearling sales to purchase horses for him self and on behalf of clients. His extensive experience has given him the skills needed to make well educated decisions during the selection process. Ricks selection skills were evident with the purchase of Star Of Luis (Heritage Stakes) ,War Of The Worlds ( Brian Cowley Stakes ) and Steel Giant where each of these horses were sold into Hong Kong for over 1 million dollars each. Rick is proud to have been part of producing top line performers such as Exceed And Excel, Flying Spur, Encosta-De-Lago, Snitzel and Miss Finland to name a few.
After exceeding 25 years as a successful breaker and educator Rick made the decision to branch out as a country trainer in 2006 and progressed to a metropolitan trainer in recent years.
The business today
Rick rebranded the business from My Danric PTY LTD to Worthington Racing PTY LTD approximately five years ago. Worthington Racing operates out of stables at Warwick Farm Racecourse and the well appointed facility at Sutton Forest NSW.
Warwick Farm offers a semi rural setting in a metropolitan area providing a great environment for ongoing training. The training facility includes a recently constructed all weather synthetic track.
Construction has commenced on the much anticipated, state of the art William Inglis sales complex which will give the racecourse and the surrounding areas a much needed lift.
Rick continues to engage with a variety of clients including Gai Waterhouse, Chris Waller and Arrowfield.
Rick is on the board of the NSW trainers association and is the president of the Warwick Farm trainers association, he has held both positions for over Five years.
Rick is first and foremost a ‘horseman’ with years of experience making him much more than just a trainer.
He is honest, driven, a perfectionist, determined, thorough, hardworking , respectful and a true gentleman.
He displays professionalism in all aspects of his life and is well respected by his industry peers.
Ricks motto In life is ‘ Excellence without compromise‘