The Australian Trainers' Association Federal Executive congratulates ATA Federal Vice President Leon Macdonald on his induction into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
In a career that goes back more than 40 years, Leon Macdonald has established himself as a highly successful and respected trainer of thoroughbreds. For many years he has been among the leading South Australian trainers, and in 2001/02 he won the metropolitan trainers’ premiership.
Outstanding Group 1 winners to have passed through his hands include Umrum, winner of the VATC Toorak Handicap in 1999 and 2000, and Gold Guru, winner of the Group 1 VRC Australian Guineas, AJC Australian Derby and STC Ranvet Stakes.
Macdonald also combined with jockey Clare Lindop to win both the VRC Derby and the SA Derby with Rebel Raider. His most recent Group 1 victory came with Southern Speed in the 2011 Caulfield Cup.
Leon’s much valued commitment to the ATA, and in particular his lengthy service as a Committee member and Vice President of the ATA SA Branch has been a significant contribution to the organisation. In 2004, Leon joined the ATA Federal Executive, and currently serves as joint Vice President.
Leon was one of two trainers inducted at the ceremony which was held at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. The other being Frank Dalton, the Sydney horseman who was acknowledged for his achievements as one of Australia’s most eminent trainers in the 1940s and 1950s.