Byron Cozamanis - TRAINER
Byron commenced training in 1972 in the sea side town of Port Lincoln where he grew up. Byron always had a love of thoroughbreds, and training them was second nature to him. He proved to be successful soon after taking out his licence.
Training in Port Lincoln saw Byron score 5 winners in one day on 2 occasions, and he was the leading trainer for consecutive years. In 1991, Byron accompanied by his supportive wife Susan and children, made the move to Morphettville, South Australia, where he made a direct impact on the local trainer ranks.
Assisting in his success were top gallopers Scorndale (17 career wins including the Group 3 Thomas Elger and the Yallumba Classic Mile in which he still holds the track record), Scornsome who won 3 straight in town as a 3 year old (his biggest win being the Thomas Elder) and Clear View (who gave Byron a wonderful highlight when she defeated Divine Madonna in the Listed Chrysler Stakes).
Another of Byron's career highlights was winning the 2001 Adelaide Magic Millions with Barossa Broadway, ridden by Jason Holder.
After the retirement of some of his favourite horses (Zipanese, Aztec Smytzer and Grand Duels), Byron has had to rebuild his team from scratch.
At present, Vatican is one of the stable stars. The 4YO has already amassed close to $300,000 in prizemoney. Adjuster, Lateva and Repousser are some of the other young horses that Byron hopes will measure up in good city company next preparation.
SCORNDALE LODGE - STABLE 4, 22 BOORAN ROAD,CAULFIELD,
Byron's Caulfield training base has great facilities. The Caulfield racecourse have numerous training tracks, as well as a swimming pool. Jump outs are held regularly, so horses can have plenty of education going through the barriers and taking part in unofficial trials.
INSIDE GRASS - Open alternative to the steeple grass on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for gallops. Regularly used for official trials and jump outs.
INSIDE SAND - Horses conduct slow pace work over 1200 metres
VISCORIDE TRACK - 1400m track primarily used for fast work from even's to hard gallops.
STEEPLE GRASS - Open alternative to the inside grass on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for gallops. Regularly used for official trials and jump outs.
COURSE PROPER - Rarely open however during major carnivals is able to be utilised by horses nominated.