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VIDEO: The son of a gun making racing fun

BY Mick Sharkie - @TheSharkTweet
3 years ago NONE

Michael Hickmott is as smart as his family is successful, and that's saying something – considering his dad, John, is one of South Australia's best trainers and his brother Rob is a Melbourne Cup winner.

But for the youngest of the Hickmott trainers, it was real estate and an eye for opportunity in the housing market that opened his eyes to greater opportunities than most young trainers can identify early in their careers.
 
Hickmott understood early in his career that building a new business would be tough, so he focused on creating a fun, family environment while preparing young horses for trade to Asia to provide an income to help his business grow. 
 
Both aspects of his business have grown, and Hickmott is proud of the inroads he has made.

“It’s a really great family environment and it’s an environment and a culture that I want to grow within my stable,” he said. 

“People come and have a horse with us, and bring the kids down and have a look at the horses – really become like a family.

"It’s (racing a horse) an experience and it’s about life-long memories. It’s about a journey with your trainer. People follow football, they follow rugby and they follow all sports because they want to belong to something.

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