PROFESSIONALS IN THEIR FIELDS

OUR TEAM

Lee and Cherie are ably supported by an enthusiastic and hard working team, who dedicate their time and effort to ensure every horse in the stable is given the best possible care available.

LEE CURTIS
LEE CURTIS

TRAINER

Lee is a Group 1 winning trainer based at Rosehill Gardens, Sydney, Australia.

He has been a licensed Sydney trainer since 1994. Based at Rosehill, Lee maintains a boutique stable of 14 horses with access to state-of-the-art facilities afforded by the premier training location.

Lee has always had a deliberate strategy to limit his stable size to ensure each horse is treated an individual and allows Lee and his staff to give each horse the individual care and training regime it requires to prosper as a racehorse.  Reflective of this approach, Lee has always been regarded as a trainer that gets more than his share of good horses.

Some notable gallopers Lee has put the polish on over the years, include group performers like Private Steer (in her formative years), Prince of Play, Rightson, Thebigiam, Press Report, Meryl, Mistegic (Group 1 Galaxy winner, Champion NSW sprinter and $1.7m) and Lasqueti Sprit.

Recent highlights for the stable include winning the VRC Crown Oaks Gr1 (Lasqueti Spirit), the BJ McLachlan Stakes Gr3 and the Scarborough Stakes Gr3 (Meryl) plus placings in the Chipping Norton Stakes G1, the ATC Oaks Gr1 (Lasqueti Spirit), Red Roses Gr3, Thoroughbred Club Stakes Gr3, Heritage Stakes Listed (Meryl), Silver Slipper Gr2, Breeders Classic Gr2, Hawkesbury Crown Stakes Gr3 (Press Report)

Lee has a constant stream of young horses coming through the ranks and is always active at the major yearling sales.

Andrew Davison

Andrew Davison

Foreperson

Andrew grew up on a farm near Quirindi, northern NSW and has been around racing and breeding racehorses his entire life.  He stepped back from a successful corporate finance career in his early 40s to pursue his interest in horse racing. He works as a form analyst for a global betting syndicate alongside his involvement in Curtis Racing Stables.

Andrew’s friendship with Lee commenced with a single share and over the years they have become great mates. Andrew is now part owner in many of the stable’s team. He has long been actively involved with operational aspects of the stable, attends trackwork and regularly manages the team of staff and horses in Lee & Cherie‘s absence.

Andrew brings with him a lifetime of knowledge about horses, racing, finance and interpersonal skills. He is an invaluable member of our team.

Avtar Chand (Tara)

Avtar Chand (Tara)

Stablehand

Tara is a native of India having grown up in Brahman Majra, Punjab. In 2009 he first came to Sydney and began working for Jack Denham at Rosehill. He did his sponsorship with Lionel Cohen at Rosehill. When Lionel moved back to South Africa Tara transferred to our stable.

Tara was given residency in Australia in 2016 and has settled with his wife Sarbjeet Kaur and young daughter Ellina. He is a very reliable member of our team.

Tara loves to watch the young stock come through and is always excited to see which of them could possibly be the next future star.

His all time favourite horse is Meryl, a dual Group 3 winner for the stable who he had looked after since she was a yearling and strapped many times in top company.

Harvey Curtis

Harvey Curtis

Deputy Jr Assistant Racing Manager

Harvey is Lee & Cherie’s eldest son. He is enthusiastic about racing and loves watching the races, studying form and helping to choose suitable races for our horses.

Harvey enjoys attending the yearling sales and learning about pedigrees. He is often seen calling races using toy cars and recording his own tipping show on a Friday night. His favourite media personality is Ray Thomas as he always includes the stable’s horses in his tips.

Harvey’s favourite horse is Meryl, who he was lucky enough to score some time off school to watch race in Melbourne. She is now retired and in foal.

CHERIE CURTIS

CHERIE CURTIS

TRAINER

Cherie grew up in a racing enthusiastic family. Her parents owned & operated a thoroughbred agistment farm near the picturesque town of Berry, NSW. The family owned many racehorses and broodmares, and Cherie involved her teenage years in the day to day running of the property.

One of her earliest influences in the racing industry was local master standardbred trainer and driver turned thoroughbred trainer Kevin Robinson.

In 2003 Cherie moved to Rosehill to work for Lee Curtis with aspirations of one day becoming a horse trainer herself. She quickly cemented herself as a valuable member of the team, full of enthusiasm and a will to learn. In 2005 Cherie was made Foreperson and was regularly in charge of the interstate travelling horses.

In 2008 Cherie took a few months away from the stable to follow the triple crown contender Big Brown around the United States. She was fortunate enough to spend time with Hall of fame trainer Carl Nafzger and Breeders Cup winning trainer Ian Wilkes during her stay. The contacts provided by Wilkes saw Cherie mixing with the elite in American racing and she obtained first-hand experience of the different training methods and environment of horse racing in the USA at the highest level.

Cherie continued over the years to become more involved in every aspect of the business, beyond stable life, to administrative management, owner relationships, yearling sale activities etc. In doing so, Cherie transitioned from employee to business partner. And along the way, Lee & Cherie married in 2015, and they now have 3 children together, Harvey, Jackson & Alexis.

In December 2020, Lee and Cherie made the training partnership official. The new partnership has been very well received by clients, peers and industry commentators.

Warwick Satherley

Warwick Satherley

Trackwork rider

Warwick grew up with Sara on a dairy farm in Foxton, NZ. He had his own horse he learned to ride on.

At the age of 13 Warwick began working with horses. He was apprentice jockey to Paddy Busuttin who was also the early mentor of Chris Waller.

Warwick was one of the leading apprentices of his time in NZ having ridden 160 winners. Since retiring as a jockey Warwick has ridden work in Japan and managed a dry stock farm in NZ.

When asked what he enjoys most about working with horses, Warwick explains he loves to get to know their character, building great bonds and the sense of achievement when they you watch them win. Warwick is a great rider, he has kind hands and is a very reliable and hard working member of our team.

Warwick’s all time favourite horse was a filly named Willow Vale who he rode from the beginning and won many stakes races on. He believed she was a genuine Oaks chance before injury forced her retirement to stud. She is the producer of a Group 1 winner, Plume.

Sara Satherley

Sara Satherley

Stablehand

Sara grew up with ponies in Foxton, NZ. As a child she rode at pony club and began working in racing stables of Grant Laursen as a trackwork rider at the age of 19 .

Sara has since worked for Lisa Latta where she managed her South Island stable and Chris Waller at Rosehill where was lucky enough to strap Champion racehorses Sacred Falls and Zoustar.

Sara has always had a passion for horses and racing, especially jumpers. She is a very honest, hard working and reliable member of our team. She believes her job at Curtis Racing is the best she has ever had.

Her all time favourite horses are Waihora’s Lass and Double Dare.

Chris Lane

Chris Lane

Raceday strapper, BBQ chef

Chris grew up in Darwin as the son of NT Chief Steward, Lindsay Lane. He was always around horses.

Chris started working at the track as a camera man recording races before taking on his first job in the stables with Kerry Petrick in Darwin. He tried his hand at riding a number of times but it didn’t come naturally to him and by his own admission he was “hopeless” on top of a horse. He shifted his focus to working on the ground with the horses and loves the connection and bond he creates with them.

Chris has worked in the stables of Team Hawkes, David Payne, Gary Moore and Matthew Dunn.

His all time favourite horse is I Love Lucy, who happens to be an extremely cute, loveable chestnut filly with a big blaze in our stable.

LEE CURTIS

LEE CURTIS

TRAINER

Lee is a Group 1 winning trainer based at Rosehill Gardens, Sydney, Australia.

He has been a licensed Sydney trainer since 1994. Based at Rosehill, Lee maintains a boutique stable of 14 horses with access to state-of-the-art facilities afforded by the premier training location.

Lee has always had a deliberate strategy to limit his stable size to ensure ach horse is treated an individual and allows Lee and his staff to give each horse the individual care and training regime it requires to prosper as a racehorse.  Reflective of this approach, Lee has always been regarded as a trainer that gets more than his share of good horses.

Some notable gallopers Lee has put the polish on over the years, include group performers like Private Steer (in her formative years), Prince of Play, Rightson, Thebigiam, Press Report, Meryl, Mistegic (Group 1 Galaxy winner, Champion NSW sprinter and $1.7m) and Lasqueti Sprit.

Recent highlights for the stable include winning the VRC Crown Oaks Gr1 (Lasqueti Spirit), the BJ McLachlan Stakes Gr3 and the Scarborough Stakes Gr3 (Meryl) plus placings in the Chipping Norton Stakes G1, the ATC Oaks Gr1 (Lasqueti Spirit), Red Roses Gr3, Thoroughbred Club Stakes Gr3, Heritage Stakes Listed (Meryl), Silver Slipper Gr2, Breeders Classic Gr2, Hawkesbury Crown Stakes Gr3 (Press Report)

Lee has a constant stream of young horses coming through the ranks and is always active at the major yearling sales.

CHERIE CURTIS

CHERIE CURTIS

TRAINER

Cherie grew up in a racing enthusiastic family. Her parents owned & operated a thoroughbred agistment farm near the picturesque town of Berry, NSW. The family owned many racehorses and broodmares, and Cherie involved her teenage years in the day to day running of the property.

One of her earliest influences in the racing industry was local master standardbred trainer and driver turned thoroughbred trainer Kevin Robinson.

In 2003 Cherie moved to Rosehill to work for Lee Curtis with aspirations of one day becoming a horse trainer herself. She quickly cemented herself as a valuable member of the team, full of enthusiasm and a will to learn. In 2005 Cherie was made Foreperson and was regularly in charge of the interstate travelling horses.

In 2008 Cherie took a few months away from the stable to follow the triple crown contender Big Brown around the United States. She was fortunate enough to spend time with Hall of fame trainer Carl Nafzger and Breeders Cup winning trainer Ian Wilkes during her stay. The contacts provided by Wilkes saw Cherie mixing with the elite in American racing and she obtained first-hand experience of the different training methods and environment of horse racing in the USA at the highest level.

Cherie continued over the years to become more involved in every aspect of the business, beyond stable life, to administrative management, owner relationships, yearling sale activities etc. In doing so, Cherie transitioned from employee to business partner. And along the way, Lee & Cherie married in 2015, and they now have 3 children together, Harvey, Jackson & Alexis.

In December 2020, Lee and Cherie made the training partnership official. The new partnership has been very well received by clients, peers and industry commentators.

Andrew Davison

Andrew Davison

Foreperson

Andrew grew up on a farm near Quirindi, northern NSW and has been around racing and breeding racehorses his entire life.  He stepped back from a successful corporate finance career in his early 40s to pursue his interest in horse racing. He works as a form analyst for a global betting syndicate alongside his involvement in Curtis Racing Stables.

Andrew’s friendship with Lee commenced with a single share and over the years they have become great mates. Andrew is now part owner in many of the stable’s team. He has long been actively involved with operational aspects of the stable, attends trackwork and regularly manages the team of staff and horses in Lee & Cherie‘s absence.

Andrew brings with him a lifetime of knowledge about horses, racing, finance and interpersonal skills. He is an invaluable member of our team.

Warwick Satherley

Warwick Satherley

Trackwork rider

Warwick grew up with Sara on a dairy farm in Foxton, NZ. He had his own horse he learned to ride on.

At the age of 13 Warwick began working with horses. He was apprentice jockey to Paddy Busuttin who was also the early mentor of Chris Waller.

Warwick was one of the leading apprentices of his time in NZ having ridden 160 winners. Since retiring as a jockey Warwick has ridden work in Japan and managed a dry stock farm in NZ.

When asked what he enjoys most about working with horses, Warwick explains he loves to get to know their character, building great bonds and the sense of achievement when you watch them win. Warwick is a great rider, he has kind hands and is a very reliable and hard working member of our team.

Warwick’s all time favourite horse was a filly named Willow Vale who he rode from the beginning and won many stakes races on. He believed she was a genuine Oaks chance before injury forced her retirement to stud. She is the producer of a Group 1 winner, Plume.

Avtar Chand (Tara)

Avtar Chand (Tara)

Stablehand

Tara is a native of India having grown up in Brahman Majra, Punjab. In 2009 he first came to Sydney and began working for Jack Denham at Rosehill. He did his sponsorship with Lionel Cohen at Rosehill. When Lionel moved back to South Africa Tara transferred to our stable.

Tara was given residency in Australia in 2016 and has settled with his wife Sarbjeet Kaur and young daughter Ellina. He is a very reliable member of our team.

Tara loves to watch the young stock come through and is always excited to see which of them could possibly be the next future star.

His all time favourite horse is Meryl, a dual Group 3 winner for the stable who he had looked after since she was a yearling and strapped many times in top company.

Sara Satherley

Sara Satherley

Stablehand

Sara grew up with ponies in Foxton, NZ. As a child she rode at pony club and began working in racing stables of Grant Laursen as a trackwork rider at the age of 19 .

Sara has since worked for Lisa Latta where she managed her South Island stable and Chris Waller at Rosehill where was lucky enough to strap Champion racehorses Sacred Falls and Zoustar.

Sara has always had a passion for horses and racing, especially jumpers. She is a very honest, hard working and reliable member of our team. She believes her job at Curtis Racing is the best she has ever had.

Her all time favourite horses are Waihora’s Lass and Double Dare.

Harvey Curtis

Harvey Curtis

Deputy Jr Assistant Racing Manager

Harvey is Lee & Cherie’s eldest son. He is enthusiastic about racing and loves watching the races, studying form and helping to choose suitable races for our horses.

Harvey enjoys attending the yearling sales and learning about pedigrees. He is often seen calling races using toy cars and recording his own tipping show on a Friday night. His favourite media personality is Ray Thomas as he always includes the stable’s horses in his tips.

Harvey’s favourite horse is Meryl, who he was lucky enough to score some time off school to watch race in Melbourne. She is now retired and in foal.

Chris Lane

Chris Lane

Raceday strapper, BBQ chef

Chris grew up in Darwin as the son of NT Chief Steward, Lindsay Lane. He was always around horses.

Chris started working at the track as a camera man recording races before taking on his first job in the stables with Kerry Petrick in Darwin. He tried his hand at riding a number of times but it didn’t come naturally to him and by his own admission he was “hopeless” on top of a horse. He shifted his focus to working on the ground with the horses and loves the connection and bond he creates with them.

Chris has worked in the stables of Team Hawkes, David Payne, Gary Moore and Matthew Dunn.

His all time favourite horse is I Love Lucy, who happens to be an extremely cute, loveable chestnut filly with a big blaze in our stable.