By Glenn Davis
Emerging Rockhampton trainer Chris Attard is hopeful his rise through the training ranks in central Queensland can gather further momentum before relocating to Townsville in the state’s north.
Attard, 33, is a son of former Rockhampton trainer Mick Attard who moved with wife Sharon to Hawkesbury in NSW in September last year for family reasons to be closer to their grandchildren.
Chris Attard is in the process of relocating from Rockhampton to Townsville in the next six months, where he is building 24 stables on-course.
Attard has three starters at Rockhampton on Tuesday with Auxin lining up in the Class 4 Handicap over 1050 metres and Karbors in the Class 1 Handicap over 1200 metres.
Bering Sea steps out in the 1400-metre Class 6 Plate, with all three to be ridden by Brisbane jockey Micheal Hellyer.
Attard was a former car salesman before taking over his father’s team last year.
Last season, he trained only nine winners but so far this season he’s been in the winners’ stall 15 times.
His most recent winner was Auxin who won at his last start in Townsville on May 13.
“I took over Dad’s stable and started off with three horses,” Attard said.
“I’ve now got 25 horses in work and things are on the way up."