Blake Ryan to follow in his father Gerald’s footsteps and join the training ranks in New Year

Blake Ryan says he’s plans to start small but dream big as he prepares to begin life as a trainer in his own right.

Ryan, the son of Group 1 winning Sydney horseman Gerald, has taken out his trainers’ licence and will begin conditioning at Hawkesbury from early next year.

The 34-year-old hopes to open up the gates to his new stable after heading to the Magic Millions Yearling Sales in January.

“It’s a mixture of nerves and excitement but it’s something I have wanted to do for a while,” Ryan said.

“I was planning on doing it about this time last year but my wife Jess was about nine months pregnant so we decided to wait.

Gerald Ryan is the father of Blake Ryan. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“We’ve got the two kids now, Jack who is nearly three and Grace who is nearly one but the time was right now to start training.

“When you keep sitting on your hands, you don’t get anywhere so we’ve decided to dive in.

“I am under no illusions, it’s going to be tough but I am excited to get going.”

Ryan has worked in various roles in racing including as a TV producer for TVN but has been back working with his father for the bulk of the past 10 years.

He is currently working as a foreman for the Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou team while also managing his own business preparing ready to race yearlings.

“The ready to run business has helped me build a nice client base,” Ryan said.

“It’s got me more confident that I could dive into it.

“We will look at getting a few yearlings and lookout for some older horses that are up and running already.

“Will Freedman is a good mate of mine that has recently gone out on his own and Annabel (Neasham) is doing a similar thing just starting out so it’s good to have around the same age.”

Blake Ryan is ready to become a trainer. Photo: AAP Image/Simon BullardSource:AAP

Ryan believes his experience working with Group 1 level horses and trainers should hold him in good stead when he begins life as a trainer.

“Over the years I worked with horses like Menari, Trapeze Artist and Snizerland which helps,” he said.

“I’ve worked with some top people as well.

“The likes of Chris Waller, David Payne and the Hawkes’ are all at Rosehill so you learn a lot and they’ve always been happy to lend an ear.

“You learn a lot while doing it so it’s helped being surrounded by people like that.”

Ryan will start by leasing 12 boxes at Hawkesbury and is in the market for more horses to be taken into his care.

Originally published asSon of a gun to become trainer

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