When Barry Baldwin quit a career as a jockey and started training horses in western Queensland, he had three goals - to win a Brisbane trainers' premiership, a Stradbroke Handicap and to train a Melbourne Cup runner.
Tick off the first two - Baldwin has won the Brisbane trainers' premiership and filly La Montagna gave him the 2006 AAMI Stradbroke at Eagle Farm.
But is yet to cross off the third goal. "I haven't even had a runner good enough to nominate so that one might have passed me by," Baldwin says.
In the 40 years since he gave up riding, Baldwin has forged a reputation as one of Queensland's most respected trainers. Spend some time with him, and you will understand that his love and knowledge of horses and racing are matched by few.
The racing journey begun as a teenager in Brisbane and has moved to Roma, Toowoomba, back to Brisbane and then on to Macau. Baldwin has since settled back in Brisbane, where he has 25 horses in work at Eagle Farm.
With over 2000 winners to his credit Barry would be one of the most successful trainers in Brisbane.
I have known Barry Baldwin for many years and have had the privilege of getting to know him as he has allowed me to visit whilst he is completing his work as a horse trainer and I have been able to observe his character.
I have found him to be a man of the utmost integrity both as a trainer and in his daily life.
He is a devoted family man and I have noted he treats his horses with the utmost care and as a hands on trainer spends 7 days a week with his horses.
I can also say as a trainer he is approached by many others in his profession seeking advice and as I attend early morning track work on a regular basis I can say he always gives advice to assist others.
Indeed I might say he is regarded as the doyen of Trainers in Brisbane and I can only recommend his qualities