Moroney cool as ice as Reina sizzles

By Dimity Maher

You couldn’t wipe the smile off 28-year old Cessnock trainer Blake Moroney’s face at Gosford on Saturday morning, after his 24kg pocket rocket Ice Reina returned to the winner’s circle over the 388m in a sizzling 22.07. After some injury and blood concerns, the daughter of Dyna Double One and Senorita Ice notched up her eighth career victory at start nineteen.

“She had a few issues and I knew something wasn’t quite right, so It was about exploring all avenues to getting her back to her old self.

It was the likes of people like Ian Hilditch, who I consider one of my biggest mentors who reiterated my concerns and helped me figure out what was going on.

It’s so important to have good people to help you, because that’s how you become better at what you do.

I could’ve cried after she won yesterday, I was so happy to see her win like that in fast time.”

The surname Moroney is synonymous with greyhound racing participates in New South Wales.

Blake’s uncle Mark is a successful trainer based on the Central Coast, late father Todd was  a successful conditioner, it was inevitable he would follow in his footsteps and enter the training ranks.

With a small team at his residential property, Moroney’s dedication to his craft is astounding, whilst juggling full-time work commitments and a young family.

“You have to be passionate and put 100% into it. I get home from work and go trialing or racing and then machine them at night, it’s a huge commitment.”

While becoming a trainer can be financially taxing and intimidating for any participant, Moroney has made it work thanks to the dedication of his family and surrounding himself with experienced mentors, who he describes as his best asset in notching up winners.

“It’s so great how many people are willing to help. Trainers are more than happy to have a chat and help you out with advice and Ian Hilditch has been an incredible mentor for me. To have someone like him to bounce ideas off and his knowledge just helps you get the dogs right and be confident in what you’re doing.

It’s all about learning and getting better. Having someone like Ian to assist you and reassure any concerns you have is a big help.”

It’s evident if you have a passion for training, regardless of your circumstances you can turn your dreams into reality. Moroney ensures his dogs get the best of everything he can provide and reiterates the importance of treating every dog as an individual.

“I relate a lot of stuff back to my footy and sport and just learning the basics of athletes. It’s about treating them differently and figuring out what works for them.

Having a good checker is crucial making sure you listen to your instincts when you know something is not right.

It’s little things like having a whiteboard in the kennels so I know what I need to do for each dog and if they have any issues.”

Despite having a small team of chasers, Moroney has big dreams for his future and says anyone can pursue their passion for training with the right frame of mind.

“The best piece of advice I can give for any aspiring trainer is never doubt yourself. Trust yourself and your instincts. You know your dogs, so learn as much as you can and get some good people on board and there’s no reason why you can’t be successful.”