The Horse Capital of Australia is where you will find this season’s most profitable Australian thoroughbred racing trainer to follow on the punt, a man who swapped South Australia for Scone to relaunch his training career.

Nearly 3,000 trainers have had gallopers contest races in Australia this term, but only one of them, Scone-based Darren Egan, boasts a return on investment based on a flat staking plan in excess of 100 per cent. Egan, who did not saddle a runner from September 2017 to September 2020, has prepared 16 winners from 107 starters this season, and he recorded his first-ever meeting treble when Fifteen Rounds, Nowyunomi and Lancer won back-to-back-to-back Dubbo heats, including Sunday’s main event at the New South Wales track.

Egan-trained gelding Lancer has been especially good to his followers over the last few weeks, opening his handler’s Scone account at 70-1 under Casey Waddell before teaming up with his apprentice rider again at Dubbo and defying his 12-1 starting price in a race featuring a hot favourite.

Seventy trainers have been profitable to back blindly in Australia this term, with Egan (+141.54%) and two-time Group One-winning conditioner Jim Taylor (+81.30%) having the best figures in all events and metropolitan events, respectively.

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