Shane Nichols was born to be a horseman! The son of one of the most successful Yarra Valley trainers to date - John Nichols, Shane started working around the stables as a child and quickly progressed to being a valued member of the family racing operation by the time he was a teenager.
After spending time as foreman for John, and experiencing other pre-training and training operations interstate, it was a natural progression for Shane to “go it alone” and try his hand at training in his own right.
Having been granted a Victorian trainer’s license 21 years ago, Shane has progressed from training for some of his local mates to establishing a fully professional and commercial training outfit over the past 7 years.
Without a doubt Shane's highlight of his racing career comes from the Group One win of I Am A Star. While on the way to the win of the 2016 Group One Myer Classic at Flemington this filly also won the Group Three Quezette Stakes. Winning a Group One is every trainers dream and Shane has the credentials to do it.
Shane regularly purchases horses on behalf of clients at yearling sales around Australia including Sydney Easter, Magic Millions and Melbourne Premier, and his frank opinion on yearlings, race form and thoroughbred wellbeing is sought by many in the industry, including leading owners, auctioneers and studs.
The most unique part of Shane’s ethos as a trainer is that he prefers the contact with his owners to be personal. Shane understands that people prefer varying approaches to communication and therefore tailors his updates to his clients to the style that is preferred by the individual. Shane believes that owners want to be with their trainer at the races on race day and will attend the races wherever possible. Shane’s relationships with his clients often develop into friendships and breakfast meetings post track work are a regular occurrence.
Shane welcomes enquiries from prospective owners and would enjoy the opportunity to show you around his stables and the Mornington Racing Centre facilities.