Welcome To Durden Racing

Welcome to the Website for Durden Racing. On our website you can find the latest news and information for our racing stables. Kathryn and Craig are very passionate about the training of their horses and love what they do. They enjoy taking on tried horses that other trainers may be struggling with and giving them a new opportunity to shine under their care. They train out of their 25ac privately owned establishment at Moriac which is approx. 25 min outside of Geelong Victoria. Kathryn encourages you to give her a call on 0438 662 155 or Contact Us for further enquiries.

Kathryn Durden Profile


At the age of 14, Kathryn started working before and after school for Tony Self, a local trainer in Adelaide where her family were based at the time. Just after finishing school she gained a position with legendary South Australian based trainer Colin Hayes.  A great relationship blossomed and in a short time Kathryn was a close part of the Hayes team.

A broad knowledge of horsemanship was gained which included breeding, weaning foals, preparing yearlings for sales, attending sales, breaking in and training methods. It wasn't long before Kathryn was the travelling foreman for the Hayes family responsible for the 'Carnival' horses in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Darwin.

An overseas opportunity beckoned, Kathryn grabbed it with both hands and set off to work in the UK for Ray Hutchinson at Newmarket. She then travelled to America working in Miami, Lexington, Churchill Downs in Kentucky and in Minnesota for Kentucky Derby winning trainer Carl Nafzger which lasted for 12months. During this time she learnt many different ways to train horses, different methods used to treat injuries and maintain soundness in horses.

After arriving back in Australia Kathryn took out her own training licence in 1999 and her team started to grow. It wasn't long before the winners started to flow with some of her proudest achievements being TAHBOB (Galleywood Hurdle), LOCH TORRIDON ( 4 wins, Caulfield winner & 2nd in Warrnambool Cup), KYLEAKIN( 7 wins inc. Casterton Cup & city winner), SIR WALTER (5 wins, 3 in a row, 2nd Colac Cup and city winner), CHARTED ( Moonee Valley stayers final Winner, 2nd in Australian Hurdle) and more recently COLL AND TIREE (4 wins, 3 wins in a row) WELLS a promising stayer (4 wins from 10 starts, 3 out of his last 4 starts, 3 on the flat and 1 hurdle) and MOULIN BLEU (Sheep Hills Cup, city winner of 6 races).

Kathryn and her husband Craig work together with a small dedicated team. Craig who retired in 2010 was a champion jumps jockey winning the coveted Tommy Corrigan Award  seven times. Both Kathryn and Craig ride trackwork which gives them an intimate knowledge of how the horses are feeling and working. They often use a lead pony to help educate the babies and give the older horses some exercise without any weight on their back.

Each horse is treated as an individual and being a small stable they can change things around to suit each horse. She enjoys taking on tried horses that other trainers may be struggling with and giving them a new opportunity to shine under her care.

Kathryn is very passionate about training her horses and loves what she does. She encourages you to give her a call if you have a horse looking for a change of environment or a young horse looking to be educated and put through its paces.


Latest Stable News

  • 3rd September 2020

    The stable had a good day out at Ballarat with a double. Dance Date backed up her first-up run to make it two in a row with an impressive win leading all the way.   She stepped up to 1400m and was...

  • 16th August 2020

    Rexmont made an impressive debut to his jumping career at Coleraine over 3300m.    He jumped beautifully throughout under a positive ride by Tom Sadler and drew away to win easily by six...

  • 11th August 2020

    Dance Date returned in great order after a spell to win her maiden over 1200m at Ballarat.    Drawing a bad barrier Zac Spain was able to use her natural speed to go forward and sit outside the leader, she...

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