Patrick is Taylor made for Parker Classic.

By Gary Newton

Micheal Taylor has been involved as a sponsor, breeder, and owner for over 16 years. 

The popular News South Welshman first became involved in harness racing as a sponsor when the then NSW Harness Racing Chairman putting out a request to try to get more people involved in the sport in that state. Taylor had no hesitation in coming on board to sponsor the 2007 NSW Trotters Derby through this firm Taylor Made Travel.

Taylors first involvement in South Australia came about after a meeting with Harness Racing NSW CEO John Dumesny where the pair came up with idea of making a bonus of $5000 available to any trotter that could win a three-state treble comprising the South Australian, Victorian or New South Wales Oaks or Derbies.

That was the start of a love for the state and Globe Derby Park that cultivated in Star Of Partrick’s win in the time-honoured Parker Classic on October 14 this year.

But let’s go back to the 2008, Taylor desperately wanted a runner in the 2008 Oaks a race his company sponsored, he looked to New Zealand and found a filly called Miss Adelaide who had finished just nine metres behind the Mark Purdon trained Lady Eskay, after sitting parked in the 2008 New Zealand Trotters Oaks. Miss Adelaide went on to finish third behind Mystic Hush in the 2008 NSW Oaks.

Miss Adelaide did compete at Globe Derby for Taylor in the 2009 Pride Of Petite in which she finished third.

Miss Adelaide went on to become the dam of Taylors best trotter Empire Bay who to date has won 25 races including Group 2 success.

Star Of Patrick win in the Parker Classic was Taylors third attempt to win the event notably Great Success who Taylor owned has sired two winners of the race in the 2012 winner Crown Of Success and the following year with Boundary Row.

Star Of Partick is out of Ambro Invasion mare Star Of Jordaine, who Taylor also purchased from across the ditch after she had scored a win and two placings from just three starts, Star Of Jordaine went on to win 11 races before being retired to the breeding barn.

Star Of Jordaine only other winner thus far has been Jillby Bulldog who won at Charlton back in 2019, she does have a weanling filly by Propulsion to come.

Interesting to note Star Of Patrick was passed in at the 2020 APG Melbourne sale after failing to reach the $20,000 reserve Taylor has on the son of Father Patrick.

Star of Patrick won a heat of the APG Gold Bullion at Melton in April before finishing a close up third in the $125,000 final at Menangle, he also was successful at Ballarat under the care of Brad Angove before heading over the border to Luke O’Neil’s yard.

Luke O’Neill who is currently amidst of his best season as trainer he has at the time of writing trained 41 winners this season and is closing in on 300 wins as a trainer.

Luke O’Neill has been training trotters for Taylor in South Australia for several years the partnership stems back to old trotter named Sun Valley Road who was in the stable of Chris Angove, Angove suggested to send him to Luke, and it has bloomed from there.

Since selling Taylor Made Travel, Michael has worked as Australian booking agent for Nevele R Stud, Haras de Trotteurs and more recently Allwood Stud.

Taylor is also the breeder of multiple Group 1 winner Jewel Melody.

Star Of Patrick on his way to claiming the 2023 Parker Classic.
Micheal Taylor