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Simon Miller learnt to walk hanging onto a horse, racing was in his blood and he was destined to follow a path to the track.
His family are involved in all facets of the industry through ownership, syndication and bookmarking.
After completing his high school education, Simon took up a position with the National Australia Bank. Like he had done through his teens Simon spent weekends and holidays working for Charlie Goggin who at the time had set up a satellite stable at Geelong. Simon was torn between a promising career at the bank and horses. The lure of the horses proved to strong and he resigned from the bank to take up a position with leading Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths.
Simon found his niche at the Griffiths stable quickly rising through the ranks to be Assistant Trainer. During this time Simon was responsible for horses like Dandy Kid, Big Pat and Solar Antiquity.
With six extremely successful years at the Griffiths stable under his belt, Simon received a phone call from leading Sydney trainer John O'Shea. The offer to move north and be Assistant Trainer to O'Shea was hard to refuse.
As assistant to O'Shea, Simon had another tutor in which he could better learn his trade. Top liners Racing To Win, Reigning To Win, Fast'n'Famous, Fooram and Safwa were the stars of the stables. However as the team prepared for the spring of 2007, equine influenza hit Sydney and racing ground to a halt.
It was at this time that an offer to train in Perth under the Aquanita umbrella was made to Simon. He readily accepted but before heading west spent six months with Caulfield trainers Tony Vasil and Robert Smerdon.
With his degree in horse racing complete Simon was set with the challenge of opening up new stables in a foreign city. When he left midway through 2008 Simon had no stables, no staff and only a handful of horses, importantly though he had the full support of the Aquanita board and administration team.
It is a credit to Simon that he has managed to establish himself in the upper echelons of Perth racing so quickly.
Simon went immediately to work hiring staff, setting up stables and sourcing horses. With his relentless work ethic Simon soon had a barn full of horses and owners lining up to give him more.
While his training career is still in its infancy (compared to fellow Aquanita trainers Robert Smerdon and Tony Vasil) Simon has already forged a strong name in the west.
Simon claimed Perth's biggest race for two-year-olds the Group Two Karrakatta Plate with Night War in 2011. On Magic Millions day 2012, SImon became the first trainer in Perth to win the two-year-old and three-year-old feature races.
His runners to winners is one of the best in the country; for the 2011/2012 season Simon had the best strike rate of any trainer in Australia with more than 50 winners. He has quickly risen up the list in the Perth Trainers Premiership and it won't be long before he takes the title.
Amongst his top rated horses are Power Princess, Ron's Call, Miss Solis, Single Spice, Coronate and Darlington Abbey.View Simon's performance statistics(Since 1 August 2000 as supplied by Racing and Sports)