Kristy’s father – Graham – as well as both Gollan’s – Darryl and Tony – and Lindsay Hatch have all mentored Groves over the years as he built towards eventually training in his own right.
“I got my grounding from Graham, he is an outstanding horseman,” Groves said.
“I think he just turned 70 and he is still riding breakers as well as still doing gallops and fast work.
“He is very thorough and I worked for a number of good trainers as well.
“I took a little bit out of everyone’s book and then wrote my own script.”
A number of contenders for the 2022 BOTB decider have opted to book high-profile Sydney and Brisbane-based riders for their bush gallopers this Saturday.
Groves was having none of that, sticking with his mate Nathan, despite the hoop battling with his weight recently and will need to work hard to get down to 55.5kgs for the mount in the $200,000 show-piece.
“We have forged a really good partnership,” Fazackerley said.
“He has been a really good supporter of mine since I moved up to Toowoomba.
“It is tough for me with my weight but every time he has one with my weight, he throws me one, and I have been working hard for him ever since.
“We are good mates on and off the track.”
Like most jockeys, Fazackerley will make a mistake every now and again, but Groves is happy to stick by him as he says he also is not perfect.
“Nathan and I have formed a good relationship on and off the track,” Groves said.
“He does not get it right all the time – and neither do I – but he is a good young kid, hopefully we can grow together and keep getting results.
“I am happy to keep putting him on.
“He has not done much wrong for me.
“When I first met him, he was always well-mannered and respectful, he must have had a good upbringing from his parents.
“He is doing a good job for himself.”
Groves, who has only been training himself for the last four seasons, did not even consider going after a big-name rider for Saturday’s BOTB decider.
“If I was to run last on Saturday, ok then, I would rather run last with a bloke that stuck by me than put another jockey on,” Groves said.
Moscini underlines just what the BOTB concept is all about.
Since the calendar ticked over to 2022, the bay gelding has faced the starter at St George, Monto, Miles, Bell and Dalby – scoring a pair of track records over 1200 metres.
As Groves was desperate to qualifier for the popular BOTB Final, he even nominated him at Quilpie, which he did not accept for, as well as Burrandowan and Jandowae – with both those meetings washed out.
The larrikin trainer has enjoyed his trips to the regional towns around Queensland, declaring he has met plenty of good characters around the place, who all rave about the BOTB concept.
Moscini has won in town before but Groves thinks he is just a length or so slower than the competition in the city, but he has most certainly found his niche in the bush.
He has won five times this year, taking his career tally to 11 victories.
“He has been a great horse for me and my career, it has been a six month long plan but the horse has been good to me,” Fazackerley said.
“He is a lovely looking horse and is great to do anything with.”
Fazackerley and Groves think they have a “live chance” for Saturday’s decider.
The TAB has Moscini rated as a $7 chance in the BOTB Final.