“I was very lucky to be given the chance to train him from Kevin Payne, who is one of his owners based in Melbourne, as a friend of mine knew Kevin and saw that the horse was just going through his gears down there,” he said.
“They thought the change of scenery to Queensland would be great and luckily enough it worked out well and we got the job done first-up.
“We were confident and thought he would run a good race.
“Zac rode the horse perfectly and giving us our first winner, I owe him plenty so we will use him plenty in the future.”
Like uncle Gerald Ryan, Campton considered returning to NSW when he recently departed a four-year stint in Hong Kong but was eventually swayed to relocate to Queensland.
Campton’s partner Tayla Whalley, who is a big part of his training operation, is from the Sunshine State, with her sister Heidi – also an up-and-coming trainer – engaged to leading hoop James Orman.
The new trainer has gained an abundance of knowledge from different roles working for Darley, Unibet and the Hong Kong Jockey Club before settling on the Gold Coast.
“The Gold Coast Turf Club supported my move back here, I obviously never had trained before, coming back from Hong Kong,” he said.
“We were lucky enough to get stables here on the Gold Coast.
“It is a great club on the rise, you can pop over the border and race for good prize money.
“We are essentially racing for $2 million in prize money every week, it was a no brainer for me to come to the Gold Coast.”
Gelding Lord Markel was the stable's first starter and winner and he is likely to be joined by a few more stable mates in the coming weeks with the yard busy at the trials of late.
Stayer Lesmurdie went around on Tuesday morning at Doomben, as did Diwali Lights, who started his career in Hong Kong, while the unraced Antino also stepped out on the Gold Coast earlier this month.
Under the guidance of one of the top hoops from around Australia last year – Brett Prebble – Antino bolted in by six lengths that morning and Campton thinks the three-year-old gelding has the ability to win in town and is likely to debut within the next month.
“We are taking our time with him, he will be at the races pretty soon,” he said.
“I think he will be a very exciting horse for the future. He is still learning but he has the ability. He is one of the most exciting horses in our stable.”