Racing WA

Mary Delivers Miracle 500 Milestone For Matt Scott

15 January 2023

Serpentine based trainer Matt Scott enjoyed milestone success on Friday night at Busselton with the 45-year-old celebrating 500 winners as a trainer, with the celebrations continuing on for wins 501 and 502 on the night. Scott has been blissfully unaware all along just how much success he was having.

“Happy to achieve it, but rarely excited as horses are a tough gig.” Scott said.

Win 500 went the way of Miracle Mary in the Jack Sheedy Memorial RWWA Westbred Feature, the headlining race on the card, with the five-year-old starting off the 20m handicap in the event, going on to win by 2.4m, one sure to be remembered with his parents Gary and Janine part owners in the horse.

After making his training debut in the 1995/96 season at just 18-years-old, Scott has had his fair share of success, including taking out the Gr2 Binshaw Classic in 2014 with Marooned taking out the $50,000 feature at big odds and in more recent times, the Gr3 $30,000 2020 Northam Pacing Cup with Son Of A Tiger NZ.

With harness racing running deep in his blood, there was never any doubt that Matt would be involved in one way or another, but it was when he was nine years old at Busselton that he first experienced Pony Trots, and he was hooked.

“I was keen to do that and that started me off. I learnt a lot being friends with Clint Hall, doing ponies, then reinsman school with him and hanging in his dad’s stables on school holidays, that’s how I got going.”

“I’m a fourth-generation trainer. My grandfather was Les Turvey who was a trainer and driver in the 1940’s. His daughter Norma was at the trots and met a stable hand from the Porter stables, Roger Scott, who is my grandfather, so horses have been in the family.”

Although training has been his main success in the industry, Scott is adamant that his biggest thrill was his first city drive and first win as a fresh faced 16-year-old on board Kaydee for Gary Hall Snr.

“Training (highlight) would be the Busso Cup last year and a win of California Dreams where he led by 60 metres at one point and held on.”

Scott is only 14 days into the new season and already has four wins to his name, with the Milestone 500 one to be remembered. Although his future in the industry is unclear, Scott is sure to have plenty more success in the future.

“I’ve still got four or five gallopers in training, but I’m nearly at the end. I’m 45 now, and I’d say I’ll be out of horses in the next few years to do family things.”


Ashleigh Paikos