Harry Eustace gets started in role as trainer after taking over from his father
It’s been a long time in the making – and now the day has finally arrived for Harry Eustace.
The 32-year-old is the new master of Newmarket’s Park Lodge Stables, having taken over the reins from his father James – a multiple Group-winning trainer who saddled his final runner before retirement last Friday.
“It’s very exciting,” said Eustace junior, who is hoping to send out his first runners on April 12.
“It’s been a long apprenticeship in a way, all the way back to when I first went down to Australia.
“Everything I’ve been doing has been working towards this. Sometimes it felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere but then ‘bang’, the day is here.
“It’s a relief to get everything done and dusted – the timing feels right.”
Eustace has spent the previous four years down HQ’s Fordham Road, learning the tricks of the trade as William Haggas’ assistant.
The big Group victories and memorable horses have provided the perfect schooling.
“It’s a phenomenal operation that William runs and an excellent place to learn,” he added.
“No stone is left unturned and it is all about looking to make progress. I got to experience everything in the industry and that is so important.
“I’ve also been around some of the best horses – that is why you get involved in the sport.”
Eustace will also be able to lean on his father for advice.
James, who trained horses at Park Lodge Stables for 30 years, had winners across the globe during a memorable career – including a Royal Ascot triumph thanks to Refuse To Lose in 1998.
“He still lives on the yard and his daily routine isn’t going to change,” added the new trainer.
“He’s enjoyed the influx of new horses we’ve had – there are some exciting two-year-olds – and we’ve got some new staff in as well.
“He still wants to be around and will continue to have a presence on the Heath.
“His advice is going to be invaluable.”
In terms of major targets for his debut campaign, Eustace has no intention of chasing a certain number of winners or an amount of prize money.
There are little landmarks he’d like to hit, but overall the next few months will be about trying to establish himself.
“I wouldn’t sit here and say I want 20 winners – I learned that from my last boss,” he said.
“It’s about concentrating on what you’re doing in the here and now and doing right by the horses.
“If we make the right decisions then hopefully the results come with that.
“All my dad’s owners have agreed to stay, which means a lot, so it would be nice to repay their faith and I’m also keen to get that first winner out the way. I feel like I’ll enjoy it a bit more after that.”